Nathan Heffel

Reporter/All Things Considered Host

I’ve has always been fascinated with radio, from competing in the 'radio broadcasting' category for my middle school forensics team, to DJ'ing a late night college radio show at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where I earned my Political Science degree. 

Most recently I was the Public Affairs/ News Manger at KUVO FM as well as the local Denver host of PRI’s “The Takeaway” [a morning news show]. I started my career as an Assistant Producer for the multi-award winning Kelly, Mudflap and JoJo Morning Show on KYGO FM.

I’ve covered many local events including the Windsor, CO tornado, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and the 2010 Four Mile Canyon fire.  

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5:00am

Wed October 22, 2014
Mountain Living

Summit County Middle Class Feels The Squeeze Of Attainable Housing

The Wellington Neighborhood in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Summit County has distinct advantages like sprawling mountain vistas and world class ski resorts, making it a prime vacation spot. But for the county's educated middle class, living there full-time, there are disadvantages to calling the county home.

Making ends meet, and buying a home here, is harder than it looks.

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3:42pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Transportation

New Report Shows Millennials Taking A Back Seat To Driving

Traffic in a cone zone.
CDOT Flickr, used with permission

Despite the improving economy, millennials are still driving less, a trend that is forecast to continue. A study from the nonprofit CoPIRG Foundation says that between 2001 and 2009, the average number of miles driven by 16-34-year-olds dropped by 23 percent.

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8:00am

Mon October 13, 2014
Education

Summit County CSU Extension, Not What You'd Expect

Frisco, Colorado
Nathan Heffel KUNC

The Colorado State University Extension Program was created 100 years ago when Congress authorized land grant Universities to provide research based information to agents in communities across the state. While you may think farming, agriculture and 4-H when you think about a CSU Extension, the Summit County Extension Office is about as far away from farming as you can get.

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3:49pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Transportation

Meet The RTD Man Who's Been Around For All 20 years Of Denver Light Rail

Abe Martinez, RTD's longest serving light rail operator.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

The Regional Transportation District is celebrating 20 years of light rail in Denver. The first line, the Central Rail Line –or the D Line as it’s known now opened October 7, 1994 traveling from I-25 and Broadway to 30th and Downing.

One man has been riding on those rails, and the 48 other miles built since then, all this time.

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2:58pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Politics

With Same-Sex Marriage A Reality In Colorado, What's Next For LGBT Advocacy?

One Colorado Facebook

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Colorado, the director of the state's largest LGBT advocacy group, One Colorado, said it's time to start mending fences with opponents of gay marriage.

"There are some really big issues facing our state and our country, and I would love to be able to sit down with folks to be able to sit down and figure out how to address some of those issues," Dave Montez said.

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