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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6:00am

Mon June 27, 2011
Government

Proposed Post Office Closures Spark Anger, Challenge Rural Identity

Postal officials estimate that they would save about $48,000 annually if the New Raymer post office were closed.
Will Witwer

Small towns across America may soon lose a part of their identity if the U.S. Postal Service has its way. Up to 3,000 post offices are targeted for closure because of the agency’s ongoing budget problems. Eleven facilities are on the list in Colorado, and for residents in the town of New Raymer the move is raising a slew of questions, sparking anger and some introspection about whether a town is really a town without a post office.

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6:00am

Mon June 27, 2011
Environment

Federal Urban Waterways Initiative to Benefit Colorado

Wikimedia Commons

Federal officials are rolling out a new urban waterways initiative that will benefit Colorado, and have named Denver’s South Platte River as one of seven pilot projects nationwide.

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3:43pm

Thu June 23, 2011
Health

Partnership Could Lead to Colorado's Largest Hospital System

PVHS CEO Rulon Stacey (center) addressed a small group at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.
Grace Hood

A non-binding letter of intent announced today could form one of the largest hospital systems in the state.

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5:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
Real Estate

Understanding Colorado’s Affordable Housing Crunch

Mercy Housing

Low-income residents along the Front Range are finding it increasingly difficult to locate affordable housing. That’s according to a new report by the Colorado Division of Housing, which says demand is outstripping supply. One nonprofit working to change this picture – and innovating along the way – is Denver-based Mercy Housing. KUNC’s Grace Hood spoke with CEO, Lillian Murphy, a Catholic nun, to understand what obstacles the industry is facing today.

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5:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
Agriculture

Rep. Gardner to Launch Wheat Tour in Colorado

Colorado Association of Wheat Growers

4th Congressional District Congressman Representative Cory Gardner hits the road tomorrow to meet with Colorado wheat producers. The Republican says the tour of seven counties along the eastern plains is an opportunity to discuss policy – as well as this year’s crop – which Gardner says benefited from recent spring rains.

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