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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12:00pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Health

In The Wake Of Fort Collins VA Scandal, American Legion Offers Help

American Legion is holding a week-long health clinic in Fort Collins to connect veterans with VA appointments and care.
Grace Hood

Just one of several events held across the country, the American Legion is visiting Fort Collins, working to assist veterans after the Veterans Affairs health care scandal. The VA outpatient clinic here was part of nationwide problems involving appointment wait times — which the VA has connected to 23 deaths.

At every visit the formula is the same: Day One is a town hall to collect comment. Day Two and going forward is a command crisis center to help vets reschedule appointments and follow-up on claims.

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5:00am

Tue July 15, 2014
Oil and Gas

Confusion Among Voters As Energy Ballot Initiative Deadline Looms

Jessica Cerise collects signatures for Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy on the 16th Street Mall in Denver.
Grace Hood KUNC

Summer isn’t the only thing heating up Denver’s 16th Street Mall this July. Pedestrians and workers are seeing more activity as advocates gather signatures for energy-related ballot issues.

A few of these proposals restrict oil and gas drilling, while others support it. With their contradictory messages  – including sometimes inaccurate talking points from both sides – some Colorado voters say they are getting confused.

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5:00am

Fri July 4, 2014
Environment

As RMNP Summer Visitation Peaks, Flood Damage Remains Visible

A washed out section of Old Fall River Road, which has yet to be repaired since September's flooding.
Rocky Mountain National Park

4:27pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Oil and Gas

Group Cleared For Signature Gathering As Special Session Hopes Dwindle

A drilling rig works north of Highway 392 east of Windsor.
Grace Hood KUNC

7:46am

Wed June 25, 2014

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