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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8:20am

Mon September 24, 2012
Weekend Travelogue

Romance Of The Rails: The Train Keeps A-Rollin'

While the locomotive is modern, there is still plenty that is nostalgic on the California Zephyr
Nathan Heffel KUNC

I can't tell you how many times I've been asked, "Why did you take the train?" I guess it's a fair question. One can drive from Denver to Chicago in roughly 16 hours and fly there in 2 hours.

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5:04am

Mon September 24, 2012
A Word With The Candidates

In Solidly Republican CD4, Democrat Shaffer Underdog To Incumbent Gardner

Incumbent Cory Gardner pictured left, challenger Brandon Shaffer pictured right.
Gardner: U.S. House / Shaffer: Colorado Senate
  • Nathan Heffel for Morning Edition

Colorado’s vast 4th Congressional District is nearly as big as the state of North Carolina. But it now includes different territory then incumbent Republican Cory Gardner won two years ago. Noticeably absent is Larimer County – which redistricting excluded last year. But that’s not stopping Democrat Brandon Shaffer from trying to make inroads in a solidly conservative electorate.

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2:07pm

Sat September 22, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

Romance Of The Rails: Love Lost & Found

Windmills fly by my window on the Zephyr
Nathan Heffel KUNC

As my morning grogginess and grumpiness subside, I turn my attention to the Iowa countryside out my window. We pass a wind farm, with hundreds of tall wind turbines.

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10:02am

Sat September 22, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

Romance Of The Rails: All Aboard For Dreamland

Nathan Heffel KUNC

There's two ways to travel on the California Zephyr: in coach and in a sleeper car. The sleeper car? First class. Turn down service, a mint on the bed, a dedicated attendant. Nice, right?

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4:37pm

Fri September 21, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

Romance Of The Rails: Diner Cars & Drinking Companions

The conductor is a blur of activity during a late night stop in Lincoln NE.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Community seating is a unique concept in the California Zephyr dining car. You have no choice, if you're traveling alone, of who you sit with. Truly, it’s a roll of the dice.

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