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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1:35pm

Wed June 15, 2011
Environment

U.S. Forest Service Grants Limited Access to Cavers in Colorado

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

As a deadly bat fungus continues to spread west, U.S. Forest Service officials in Colorado say they’re granting a limited exemption to cavers during an upcoming convention in July. The move signals cooperation between the U.S. Forest Service and recreationalists as North American bats face one of the deadliest diseases in recent memory.

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8:49pm

Mon June 13, 2011
Transportation

FasTracks to Receive $120 Million

FasTracks

Today U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall announced $120 million in federal grant money for FasTracks, a long-term project that seeks to expand bus and rail transportation in the Denver Metro area.

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3:00pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Business

Bipartisan Visit to NoCo Businesses Reveals Successes, Challenges

Woodward Governor Chairman and CEO Tom Gendron talks with Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican 4th Congressional District Representative Cory Gardner during a bipartisan tour of Northern Colorado businesses on Friday.
Grace Hood

Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican 4th Congressional District Representative Cory Gardner made a bipartisan swing through Northern Colorado today, highlighting successes and challenges that businesses face in the region.

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12:07pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Politics

Rep Polis Calls for ‘Data Driven’ Professional Development for Teachers

Rep. Jared Polis talks in front of summer school students at Justice High School in Lafayette.
Grace Hood

Democratic Congressman Jared Polis was in Lafayette today to discuss education reform and a new bill that would enhance professional development for teachers.

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4:07pm

Wed June 8, 2011
unemployment

Teen Job Market Improving, Still Tough

Creative Commons

Colorado teens looking for jobs will see a tough job market this year, but initial numbers released by the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas are showing a positive start. Employment of 16- to 19-year olds grew by 71,000 in May nationwide, a “vast improvement” from the previous year.

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