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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2:55pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Environment

No Water, No Problem For CU-Boulder's New Solar Toilet

CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher Tesfayohanes Yakob, left, and research engineer Dana Haushulz are shown here with a novel solar-thermal toilet developed by a team led by CU-Boulder Professor Karl Linden
University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder has created a solar-powered toilet that will soon be unveiled in India. Yes, a solar-powered toilet. While a toilet powered by the sun sounds pretty humorous, there’s a real need for such a thing around the world.

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6:14am

Wed March 12, 2014
Colorado Flood

Beating The Odds, Left Hand Ditch Company Recovers After Floods

Left Hand Ditch Company's Left Hand Valley Diversion March, 2014
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Colorado's historic flood left a significant number of dams and diversion structures damaged on Left Hand Creek in Boulder County - many belonged to the Left Hand Ditch Company. Six months later, the company's critical restoration projects are 80 percent complete and over $1 million under budget.

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6:00am

Sun March 9, 2014
Transportation

Cutting Edge Diverging Diamond Interchanges Coming To Colorado

Traffic flow patterns on the new I-70 DDI in Grand Junction
CDOT http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70exit26grandjunctionddi/assets/i-70-ddi-image

Construction on the state’s first diverging diamond interchange is nearly complete in Grand Junction. The innovative project will open sometime in April. The Colorado Department of Transportation says it will give drivers freeflow access to a left hand I-70 on-ramp without having to wait for a traffic turn signal, or turn into on-coming traffic.

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6:50am

Fri February 28, 2014
Transportation

Take A Construction Tour Of RTD's Rail Line To DIA

The distinctive peaks of the Jeppesen Terminal rise behind the construction underway on the new hotel and train station at Denver International Airport.
Jim Hill KUNC

Scheduled to open in 2016, construction continues on the 22.8 mile East Commuter Rail Line that will soon whisk riders from Denver’s Union Station to Denver International Airport. In some sections tracks are down, stations are taking shape, and power lines are hung.

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2:48pm

Wed February 26, 2014
Transportation

Will Tolling Become The Ultimate CDOT Funding Source?

The I-25 managed toll lane.
Colorado Department of Transportation Flickr

The contract for a 50 year U.S. 36 public-private partnership that has caused a public furor has been signed. Colorado Department of Transportation officials say the P3 is an effective way to fund transport projects. But with more managed toll lanes and possible P3’s in the works, are they best solution to a growing traffic problem?

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