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

Tue May 17, 2011
Education

Sen. Heath Touts Education Funding Measure While Republicans Raise Questions

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Standing alongside parents and a fourth graders in the State Capitol, Democratic State Senator Heath announced his plan on Monday to help backfill millions of dollars in recent education cuts.

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5:21pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Education

State Sen. Heath Proposes ‘Tourniquet’ To Help Education Funding

Rollie Heath

At the State Capitol today, State Senator Rollie Heath unveiled “Support Our Schools for a Bright Colorado,” a ballot measure campaign he hopes will bring more funding to higher education and K-12 schools.

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2:16pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Public Health

Jeffco Cuts West Nile Virus Program

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Citing budget constraints, public health officials in Jefferson County say they’re cutting a spraying program that prevents the mosquito responsible for carrying West Nile Virus from breeding.

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9:47am

Wed May 11, 2011
Agriculture

USDA Predicts 39% Decline in Colorado’s 2011 Winter Wheat Crop

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The first forecast of Colorado’s winter wheat production this year estimates a steep decline in crops this year. But nationwide the decrease is expected to be less severe.

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4:02pm

Fri May 6, 2011
Politics

Groups Question Rep. Gardner’s EPA Stance

More than a dozen environmentalists gathered outside 4th Congressional District Congressman Cory Gardner’s office on Friday to protest his support of the Energy Tax Prevention Act.
Grace Hood

More than a dozen environmentalists rallied in downtown Fort Collins today. At issue was Republican 4th Congressional District Congressman Cory Gardner’s support of legislation that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

The protesters delivered a letter to Congressman Gardner, questioning his support for a bill that would have taken away the EPA’s ability to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Gary Wockner is Colorado program director for Clean Water Action, which helped organize Friday’s event.

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