Grace Hood


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.



Mon November 24, 2014

What's Next For Colorado State's On-Campus Stadium Decision

Grace Hood KUNC

It’s decision time. After years of debate over whether to build an on-campus stadium, Colorado State University President Tony Frank is expected to issue a final verdict on whether to spend millions on the project.

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Fri November 21, 2014
Train Noise

For Colorado's Rail Towns Muffling Train Horns Ain't Easy

A BNSF train lumbers southbound on Mason Street in downtown Fort Collins, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

Since 2005, the Federal Railroad Administration has required conductors to sound their horns for at least 15 seconds before all public rail crossings. Since then accidents and deaths have decreased 20 percent nationwide.

But with progress comes complaints — lots of them for the city of Fort Collins.

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Mon November 17, 2014

Pop-Up Stores Bolster Colorado's Health Insurance Shopping Season

Grace Hood KUNC

A new open enrollment period started for the state's health insurance exchange Nov. 15, and with that comes changes to how Connect For Health Colorado is reaching out to potential customers.

In addition to applying for an insurance policy online, Coloradans can now choose between three pop-up stores in Denver, Commerce City and Greeley. In the coming weeks, brick and mortar stores selling health insurance will come to Colorado Springs, Lafayette, Pueblo, Thornton and Grand Junction.

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Wed November 12, 2014

Frustrations Aired As Gunnison Sage Grouse Is Listed Under Endangered Species Act

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

After years of consideration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Nov. 12 a decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The move could bring restrictions to oil and gas drilling and other land uses near the bird’s habitat in western Colorado and southeastern Utah.

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Tue November 11, 2014

Political Trends To Watch From Colorado's 2014 Election

Grace Hood KUNC

From a national perspective, 2014 is seen as an election in which voters expressed their frustration with Democratic President Barack Obama and gridlock in Washington D.C., bringing a Republican majority to both the U.S. House and Senate. But in Colorado, the picture is more complicated.

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