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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8:18am

Tue December 23, 2014
Arts & Life

Handmade Goes Digital With Online Help For The Crafty

Lorie Hirose (foreground) directs teacher Marie Zinno as she discusses business tips for machine embroiderers.
Grace Hood KUNC

Expensive, extravagant gifts have become the norm around the holidays. But Colorado has a strong movement of crafters who are hand-making their gifts this season. How about a homemade infinity scarf, bite-sized chocolate almond bark or hand-sewn jammy pants?

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11:43am

Mon December 22, 2014
Sports

USA Pro Challenge Returns To Northern Colorado For 2015

Spectators look on as a cyclist finishes in downtown Fort Collins during the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
Grace Hood KUNC

After leaving Stage 6 up for grabs, USA Pro Challenge organizers announced a winner: Northern Colorado. The general outline for Stage 6 will start in Loveland, go through Windsor and finish in downtown Fort Collins – although the exact route for the August 22 stage has yet to be determined.

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5:00am

Fri December 19, 2014
Transportation

Feds To Review Train Horn Rule, Quiet Zones In 2015

A stretch of tracks on the east side of Greeley, Colorado.
Grace Hood

Colorado residents and businesses near railroad tracks can find train horns loud and disruptive. There's a way for cities to muffle the noise, but the process can be expensive and time-consuming. Now a growing chorus of dissatisfaction may lead to some change.

A spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration has told KUNC that they will review the train horn rule in 2015. The rule encompasses so-called quiet zones, a section of train tracks where engineers decrease the frequency at which they sound their horns.

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5:00am

Thu December 18, 2014
Community

Flood Damage Restored, Chapel Of The Interlude Now Turns To Its Flock

Chapel of the Interlude includes a tiny sanctuary (left) and a fellowship hall (right) for gatherings. Both were severely damaged by 2013 floods in Colorado.
Grace Hood KUNC

Chapel of the Interlude is a fitting name for a church in the middle of a narrow, winding canyon. In 1969, benefactors built the intimate wood-paneled structure in Drake, Colorado to provide an oasis next U.S. 34 — one of the busiest roads leading to Rocky Mountain National Park.

In 2013, a raging river between Estes Park and Loveland Colorado deposited mud, sticks and debris inside the chapel's Fellowship Hall — a casualty of the state's historic floods. The structure has been restored, but as the aging members of the small mountain church return, the biggest challenge lies ahead.

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10:17am

Mon December 15, 2014
Education

Denver Broncos, Colorado State Create New Sports Management Institute

Grace Hood KUNC

Colorado State University has announced plans to offer a newly developed interdisciplinary minor in sports management for undergraduate students. The program will be coupled with the creation of a public-private partnership known as the Denver Broncos Sports Management Institute.

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