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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9:47am

Wed May 11, 2011
Agriculture

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

Creative Commons

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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3:29pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions in Northern Colorado

Colorado State Forest Service

Citing decreased danger in northern and eastern Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on its lands in Boulder, Gilpin, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties.

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2:32pm

Wed May 4, 2011
Environment

Hikers, Motorists to Begin Reviewing White River National Forest Plan

U.S. Forest Service

Officials have finalized details on what roads and trails will be open to hikers and motorists in Colorado’s vast White River National Forest.

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6:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
Science

NPR Editor, Correspondent Discuss "Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us"

So what is annoying you? Perhaps an overly loud cell phone conversation comes to mind. Or maybe it’s something that really stinks. The science behind what bugs us is a topic that NPR correspondent Joe Palca and editor Flora Lichtman have studied and wrote a new book about. KUNC’s Grace Hood spoke with them to learn more. But first, an advisory: this story contains sounds some listeners may find annoying.

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