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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Insys Therapeutics Responds To U.S. Senate Report On Drugmaker Donations Heather van Blokland February 15, 2018
Arizona Tourism Fights For Share Of Wallet In Information Age Heather van Blokland February 12, 2018
Current Events And Social Media Increase Stress Heather van Blokland February 09, 2018
Native Communities Continue To Struggle To Control Food System Heather van Blokland February 08, 2018
Tribal Telecom Addresses Need For Internet Connectivity Heather van Blokland February 01, 2018
ASU Professor Argues For Increased State Funding For KidsCare Heather van Blokland January 30, 2018
First Responder Network In Arizona Funded For Next 5 Years Heather van Blokland January 29, 2018
UA Scientists Study Austrialian Wild Rice Heather van Blokland January 29, 2018
World's Largest Cattle-Feeding Operation Being Sold, Impacting Lots In Arizona and 5 Other States Heather van Blokland January 26, 2018
UA Leads Research To Stop Spread Of Citrus Greening Heather van Blokland January 25, 2018
Study: Hospital Cardiac Death Rates Higher At Night Heather van Blokland January 24, 2018
Arizona Awaiting Bids On $55 Billion RFP To Restructure AHCCCS Plan Management Heather van Blokland January 22, 2018
ASU Part Of Team Creating Smarter Bots Heather van Blokland January 17, 2018
Uranium Mining Company Files Petition To Support Domestic Production Heather van Blokland January 17, 2018
Arizona Among States Driving Market For Air Purification In Cars Heather van Blokland January 16, 2018
Real Estate Appreciation Attracts Specialty Investors Heather van Blokland January 14, 2018
ASU Research: Urban Agriculture Fights Hunger Heather van Blokland January 12, 2018
2018 Lemon Prices Expected To Rise Heather van Blokland January 08, 2018
Arizona Included In Nationwide Mortgage Lawsuit Settlement Heather van Blokland January 04, 2018
Marijuana Industry Expected To Grow In 2018 Heather van Blokland January 02, 2018
Debate Over Truck Driver Pay Contributes To Year-End Critical Shortage Heather van Blokland January 02, 2018
Court Sets Date For Litigation Against Axon Heather van Blokland January 01, 2018
Autonomous Big Rig Trucking Tested In Arizona Heather van Blokland December 25, 2017
Raytheon Completes First Round Of Production Of New Weapon Heather van Blokland December 18, 2017
SCOTUS Rejects Petition On Patent Case, In Favor Of GoDaddy Heather van Blokland December 12, 2017