Heather van Blokland

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Heather van Blokland moved to Phoenix in March 2016 to join KJZZ as a host/producer, after working as an on-air host/producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, covering middays, weekends and most everything in between. van Blokland previously worked as a Morning Edition host and reporter at Florida NPR affiliate WUFT-FM, covering business and agriculture beats. She was also the local producer and editor for StoryCorps’ story booth.

Like many in public media, van Blokland brings a diverse background to her daily duties. Her first career was in the private sector as a financial analyst manager in commercial and investment banking. She also used to teach canoeing and kayaking on the local rivers in North Central Florida. Her education includes a master’s in mass communication from the University of Florida, a bachelor’s in finance, marketing and multinational business from Florida State University, and a diploma in acting for film and television from Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia. She wrote and produced a film, later submitted to the Vancouver International Film Festival.

In her free time, van Blokland enjoys exploring the outdoors, everything from a hike on South Mountain to Vancouver's Butchart Gardens to a ride through Swaziland’s Mkhaya Game Reserve. Her travels have included South Africa, Swaziland, western Canada, Australia, the British Isles, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay and summers on the outskirts of London. She is also a certified open-water diver, and still looking to apply that skill in Phoenix.

Half Southern and half English, van Blokland enjoys using phrases that surprise people. She does not enjoy steak and kidney pie or Monty Python. You can send your ardent disagreements with this statement to her directly at hvanblokland@kjzz.org.

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US Supreme Court Won't Hear Taser Appeal Heather van Blokland, Jimmy Jenkins Oct. 4, 2016
Nevada Supreme Court: School Voucher Program Unconstitutional Heather van Blokland Sept. 30, 2016
Arizona Copper, Nickel Production Rises Heather van Blokland Sept. 26, 2016
Phoenix-Area Business Real Estate Draws Tech Firms Heather van Blokland Sept. 22, 2016
Overall Cost Of Goods On The Rise In The Western US Heather van Blokland Sept. 20, 2016
Arizona Grocers Mark 3-Year High For Food Shipped To Stores Heather van Blokland Sept. 12, 2016
Changing Face Of American Entrepreneurship Favors Arizona Heather van Blokland Sept. 12, 2016
2 Arizona Metal Companies Ranked Among Largest In The World Heather van Blokland Sept. 8, 2016
Public Can Comment On Repairs To Freeport-McMoRan's Bagdad Mine Heather van Blokland Sept. 7, 2016
Feds Look For A Solution To Wild Horse, Burro Overpopulation Heather van Blokland Sept. 6, 2016
Egyptian Cotton Loss Is Arizona Pima Cotton Growers' Gain Heather van Blokland Sept. 2, 2016
Report: Predatory Lending Problematic In Arizona Heather van Blokland Sept. 1, 2016
Mining Merger May Be Good News For Arizona Heather van Blokland Aug. 31, 2016
Arizona’s Food Retailers Weigh In On Prop 205 Pot Measure Heather van Blokland Aug. 30, 2016
A Deeper Dig: How The Housing Market Affects Arizona's Copper Industry Heather van Blokland Aug. 29, 2016
Feds OK Copper Mine Near Superior Despite Environmental, Cultural Concerns Heather van Blokland Aug. 26, 2016
Marijuana Growing Equipment Company Expanding To Arizona Heather van Blokland Aug. 23, 2016
Judge Rejects Challenge To $12 Minimum Wage Initiative Heather van Blokland Aug. 19, 2016
New Grant Nurturing Young Farmers In New Mexico Heather van Blokland Aug. 19, 2016
Banner Health Buys 32 Urgent Care Facilities Heather van Blokland Aug. 18, 2016
Copper Outlook Getting Brighter For Freeport-McMoRan Heather van Blokland Aug. 17, 2016
Backers Drop Initiative To Cap Hospital Exec Pay To Support Clinton Campaign Heather van Blokland Aug. 16, 2016
Average Grocery Prices Falling In Arizona Heather van Blokland Aug. 15, 2016
Company Secures Expanded Molybdenum Mining Rights, Even As Demand Falls Heather van Blokland Aug. 12, 2016
A Cool Glass Of Sweet Tea Ain't Just For Southerners. We Southwesterners Like It Too Heather van Blokland Aug. 11, 2016