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 [email protected].
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|Arizona Lottery Revenue Rises Amid National Decline, Stagnation||Heather van Blokland||June 14, 2016|
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|Bureau Of Land Management Ceases Use Of Fertility Drug On Wild Horses||Heather van Blokland||May 11, 2016|
|Wildlife Agency Agrees To Wolf Recovery Plan Deadline||Heather van Blokland||April 28, 2016|
|Multiple Intel Campuses Facing Uncertainty||Heather van Blokland||April 25, 2016|
|Intel Announces 12,000 Layoffs, Confronts Decline In PCs||Heather van Blokland||April 20, 2016|
|Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Federal Involvement In Tribal Domestic Violence Cases||Heather van Blokland||April 19, 2016|
|Heather van Blokland||Heather van Blokland||April 4, 2016|