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.  



Wed January 28, 2015
Flood Recovery

Resiliency Report Guides Loveland's Big Thompson Restoration

Loveland's Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park during the severe flooding in 2013. The park remains closed as flood assessments continue.
Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park- Facebook

Using a report by the Urban Land Institute as a guide, Loveland officials continue to restore areas hard hit by 2013's historic flooding. For every lesson learned as floodwaters subsided, additional questions have arisen about how to best respond to the next big event.

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Thu January 22, 2015

Northern Colorado's Economy Looks To Remain Strong In 2015, But...

Nathan Heffel KUNC

Speakers at the 2015 BizWest Economic Forecast said the northern regional economy looks to remain strong going deeper into the year. However - and there's always a however - the drop in oil prices and its affect on Weld County's oil and gas industry leaves a particular uncertainty about resiliency.

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Mon January 12, 2015

After Years Of Growth, New Govt Model Says Driving Is Leveling Off

Congestion on interstate 70 near Floyd Hill, Colorado
Flicker-CDOT used with permission

Are we driving less? When it comes to the Federal Highway Administration's forecasts, the government seems to think so. After years of predicting that driving would only be increasing, the latest forecast of vehicle miles traveled is projecting that total miles driven by the average American will remain essentially flat for the foreseeable future.

With that estimation, CoPIRG, a consumer advocacy group, said the agency is quietly acknowledging that the driving boom is now over.

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Fri January 9, 2015
Mountain Living

New Breckenridge Library Readies For Its Debut

The main reading room of the new South Branch Library in Breckenridge is housed in a restored 1909 school building.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Built in a restored 1909 school building, the newest library in Summit County will be unveiled to the public Saturday. Breckenridge's Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library – otherwise known as "the center" – will hold a grand opening celebration before getting down to business.

The structure may be old but Scott Vargo, assistant Summit County manager, said the new library is cutting edge. 

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Tue January 6, 2015

Delaware Transportation Secretary Tapped To Head Colorado DOT

Shailen Bhatt
Delaware Department of Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation will soon have a new Executive Director. Governor John Hickenlooper has announced Shailen Bhatt - currently Transportation Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation - as the new head of the state's transportation agency.

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