Grace Hood

Reporter

I’ve been a listener of NPR for as long as I can remember. I grew up listening to Iowa Public Radio in Davenport, Iowa, and then tuned in to WHYY when I attended Bryn Mawr College outside of Philadelphia.

I began my career as a journalist in the print medium. As a general assignment reporter at the Boulder Weekly, I covered politics, the environment, agriculture, and sports. I won multiple Society for Professional Journalism awards, including first place honors for Best Political Feature Writing and Best Science/Agricultural Feature.

I began experimenting with sound and radio at my local Boulder community radio station, KGNU. I still remember the first story that I did for the station—about a “weed management” program by the city of Boulder in which it hired goat herders to graze their animals in weed-infested fields. The sounds I recorded brought the story alive in a way I had never experienced before. At that point—the summer of 2007—I was hooked. I had to do more stories for radio.

During my tenure at KUNC, I've been recognized by the Colorado Broadcaster's Association, Associated Press and RTDNA for my radio feature stories. I've received three national Edward R. Murrow awards, in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for feature and investigative reporting. In 2012 I received the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

As a reporter at KUNC, my goal is to bring the voices of ordinary people to the airwaves—not just those of spokespeople or individuals in positions of power.  I look forward to serving the region of Northern Colorado and meeting many of you in my journalistic travels. I also welcome feedback and story ideas, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line via e-mail.

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3:12pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Marijuana

Legalization Lessons And Other Frank Advice From Wash., Colo. City Managers

A budtender at Choice Organics outside Fort Collins, Colo., weighs marijuana.
Grace Hood KUNC

Local leaders in Colorado and Washington are writing the playbook when it comes to recreational marijuana use. With voters in places like Alaska, Washington D.C. and Oregon likely to soon consider legalization, officials shared their experiences during the International City County Management Association's 100th Annual Conference.

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5:00am

Mon September 15, 2014
Arts & Life

5 Ways Colorado Libraries Are Going Beyond Books

As the photographer notes, "a skullless situation at Norlin" library on the campus of the University of Colorado, Sept. 2013.
Gaurav Vaidya Flickr - Creative Commons

Everyone knows what a library is about. Think rows of bookshelves and research computer terminals. People reading in quiet solitude.

But some Colorado libraries are starting to step outside these traditional definitions. Offering something more than just books, magazines and ebooks. In Arapahoe County, you can take Google Glass for a test spin. In Adams County you can print out your latest creation with the library's 3D printer.

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1:34pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Arts & Life

Sterling's Flood-Damaged Antique Linotype Press Gets New Lease On Life

Sterling's Overland Museum spent $80,000 restoring this type-setting machine after Colorado's 2013 flooding caused severe damage.
Grace Hood KUNC

Restoring any one-of-a-kind historical artifact has its own unique set of challenges. So it's hard to imagine the monumental task Sterling's Overland Trail Museum faced when the swollen South Platte River caused $1 million in damage in the 2013 flood.

"The water came a little different direction than we anticipated," explained Museum Currator Kay Rich, as she stood outside the main building of the Overland Museum.

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6:54am

Tue September 9, 2014
Colorado Flood

Add Housing Shortage To A List Of Challenges In Post-Flood Lyons

Lyons' Main Street shows few signs of flood damage one year post flood.
Grace Hood KUNC

One of the hardest hit areas following the 2013 flood was the small 2,000-person town of Lyons. Key pieces of the town's infrastructure like sewer, water and gas lines were severely damaged. Fast forward a year, the town is working off a list of 87 projects ranging from park and river bank repair to bridge rebuilding.

Another challenge is replacing housing lost to the flood.

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5:00am

Fri September 5, 2014
Colorado Flood

After The Colorado Flood, Some Rebuild And Others Start Over

Sarah and Ed Egloff stand outside a garage on their new property.
Grace Hood KUNC

After waters washed over Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties during the September flood, many started to rebuild. Others haven't been able to go back.

The easiest way for Ed and Sarah Egloff to describe their lost home in the Big Thompson Canyon is to tell you what remained on the property afterward.

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