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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3:26pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Parks & Rec

RMNP Proposes Raising Fees For Entry, Camping And More

Rocky Mountain National Park's Grand Lake Entrance station.
daveynin Creative Commons

For the first time since 2008, Rocky Mountain National Park is considering a bevy of fee increases on everything from camp sites to entrance fees.

Under the proposed changes, the weeklong entrance pass would change from $20 to $30. Park officials would introduce a day-use pass at the $20 level. The annual park pass would increase from $40 to $50. By 2017, the price for an annual pass would be $60.

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4:33pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

In GOP Stronghold Weld County, Udall Pushes To Get Out The Vote

Udall speaks to supporters on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley on October 20, 2014.
Grace Hood KUNC

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall swung through the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to recruit volunteers and get voters fired up for Election Day. The county is well-known as a conservative stronghold expected to support Republican challenger Cory Gardner.

"We need you all to get out, get people into the neighborhoods, knocking on the doors, making the case," Udall told the small group, stressing that every vote counts.

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5:00am

Fri October 17, 2014
Arts & Life

There's Nothing More Colorado Than An Elk Rut Tailgate

RMNP visitors in the Moraine Park area view elk October 11, 2014.
Grace Hood KUNC

Inside Rocky Mountain National Park, the fall colors and snow-capped mountains make for spectacular sightseeing. But some park visitors aren't there for the grandeur. They're there with their sandwiches, chips and blankets ready for a different kind of Colorado sporting event: the annual elk mating season.

Enter the elk rut tailgate.

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7:00am

Tue October 14, 2014
Politics

Tight Partisan Races Put Colorado's By-Mail Election To The Test

Andrew Taylor Creative Commons

For the second year in a row, registered Colorado voters will receive their ballots through the mail. With several tight elections prompting an aggressive door-to-door ground game, more questions are expected to crop up around what kind of help canvassers can and can't offer to voters.

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5:00am

Tue October 14, 2014
Ask About Energy

A Visual Guide To The Oil And Gas Trucks On Colorado's Roads

Vibroseis Trucks can be a common site in areas as companies try to locate energy deposits.
BLM Nevada Flickr - Creative Commons

Oil and gas development east of I-25 requires thousands of truck trips every day along Eastern Colorado's major and not-so-major thoroughfares. Some of these conveyances have an obvious appearance and connection to the boom. Think tanker trucks transporting oil away from the well pad. Others are strangely unusual, resembling a monster truck on steroids or a ride fit for a lunar colony.

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