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 [email protected].

Title Author(s) Publication Date
Traffic Camera Proxy For Officer Body Cam In Dion Johnson Case Heather van Blokland July 6, 2020
#AZNumbers: July 3, 2020 Heather van Blokland July 3, 2020
#AZNumbers: There's Gold In Them Thar Hills Heather van Blokland June 26, 2020
Pandemic Negates Potential USMCA Trade Advance Heather van Blokland June 22, 2020
#AZNumbers: June 19, 2020 Heather van Blokland June 19, 2020
FTC Approves Final Settlement Charges With Axon Competitor Heather van Blokland June 18, 2020
#AZNumbers: June 12, 2020 Heather van Blokland June 12, 2020
Push For Increased Police Body Camera Use A Double-Edged Sword Heather van Blokland June 12, 2020
AZ Group Sues FDA For Limiting Access To Hydroxychloroquine Heather van Blokland June 8, 2020
#AZNumbers: June 5, 2020 Heather van Blokland June 5, 2020
The Fixture Zone: Manufacturing During The COVID-19 Crisis Heather van Blokland June 5, 2020
Axon Stock Jumps After Weekend Unrest, Police Violence Heather van Blokland June 4, 2020
FDA Releases E. Coli Report On Lettuce Contamination Heather van Blokland June 1, 2020
#AZNumbers: May 29, 2020 Heather van Blokland May 29, 2020
Valley-based Insys Therapeutics Ex-CFO To Pay Investor Claims Of $2M Heather van Blokland May 28, 2020
#AZNumbers: May 22, 2020 Heather van Blokland May 22, 2020
How A Post-WWII Friendship Between Sister Cities Provides Relief During The Pandemic Heather van Blokland May 22, 2020
#AZNumbers: May 15, 2020 Heather van Blokland May 15, 2020
#AZNumbers: May 8, 2020 Heather van Blokland May 8, 2020
#AZNumbers: May 1, 2020 Heather van Blokland May 1, 2020
Mid-Sized, Smaller Cities, Counties Now Eligible Under Relief Program Heather van Blokland April 28, 2020
Cross-Border Trade Weathering COVID-19 Downturn Heather van Blokland April 27, 2020
#AZNumbers: April 24, 2020 Heather van Blokland April 24, 2020
$10 Million To Fund Pinal County Water Infrastructure Heather van Blokland April 24, 2020
Report: Support For Federal COVID-19 Funding Crosses Party Lines Heather van Blokland April 22, 2020