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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5:00am

Tue June 17, 2014
Ask About Energy

Why Is There A Large Burning Flare At A Well Site?

A well operated by Synergy Resources Corporation, flaring in the early morning, June 13, 2014. The well site is on County Road 26 on the south side of Union Reservoir, outside of Longmont, Colo.
Jim Hill KUNC

As the oil and gas boom in Northern Colorado brings more development closer to the urban core, sights that are common on the plains or in rural development areas like North Dakota’s Bakken may come as a surprise.

For example, a large pillar of fire burning at an oil and gas well site.

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3:12pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Energy

As Special Election Looms, Loveland’s Fracking Moratorium Debate Heats Up

Grace Hood KUNC

Loveland voters will soon become the sixth Front Range community to weigh restrictions on hydraulic fracturing. The June 24, 2014 special election asks voters to decide whether to impose a two-year moratorium on fracking, the process of pumping sand, water and chemicals that are proprietary to oil companies into the ground to extract resources.

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5:00am

Thu June 12, 2014
Energy

Colorado Keeps A Wary Eye As Crude Oil By Rail Shipments Rise

Workers in the midst of clean-up efforts at the site of a train derailment and crude oil spill located south of Greeley, Colo., May 12, 2014.
Grace Hood KUNC

From 2012 to 2013, the transport of crude oil by major freight railroads spiked, increasing nearly 75 percent according to the American Association of Railroads. Even though crude oil accounted for just over 1 percent of overall 2013 traffic, there’s growing public concern about spills and other hazards.

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3:19pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Education

CSU Joins Attempt To Build Digital Delivery Platform

Colorado State University Management professor Ken Petersen teaching a Distance MBA class, Rockwell Hall.
Colorado State University Photography

Colorado State University along with three other university partners have announced plans to develop a shared digital education delivery platform. The tool, called Unizin, is being billed as a one-stop shop for the digital education space — whether it’s for students taking online classes or those in the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom.

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6:30am

Sat June 7, 2014
Flooding

Officials Urge Caution Around Raging Rivers

The Poudre River rages near Poudre Park on May 30, 2014.
Grace Hood KUNC

As temperatures rise, many flock to rivers and streams to cool off. Northern Colorado safety officials are urging “extreme caution” as rivers swell from their banks with higher-than-average snowpack. In the span of two weeks, three have died in the Poudre River due to the unsafe conditions.

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