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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2:34pm

Wed April 13, 2011
Higher Education

CU-Boulder Reports 84% Acceptance Rate of Freshman Applicants

CU-Boulder

A recent listing on the New York Times web site shows the University of Colorado at Boulder accepting the highest percentage of applicants for 2011. But many of the 100 schools on the list aren’t exactly peer institutions.

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2:42pm

Tue April 12, 2011
Water

Wildlife Commissioners Review Reservoir Plans

Denver Water has proposed enlarging Gross Reservoir to store about 114,000 acre-feet of water as part of its Moffat Collection System Project.
Jackie Shumaker, courtesy of Denver Water

The clock is ticking for Colorado wildlife commissioners as they review plans that aim to preserve stream conditions from the impact of two proposed reservoir projects.

Denver Water has proposed enlarging Gross Reservoir in Boulder County. Meanwhile Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District wants to build a reservoir southwest of Loveland. Both projects would use water they currently own, but the process requires that they apply for a permit to use it.

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8:53am

Tue April 12, 2011
Local

After Successful Movie, Temple Grandin Continues to Inspire

Temple Grandin in her office of 21 years at Colorado State University.
Grace Hood

Since the release of a biographical HBO film last year, Temple Grandin has become even more of an unofficial spokesperson for autism.

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3:52pm

Fri April 8, 2011
Education

CU President Approves Journalism Program Changes

CU Journalism students Kate Spencer (left) and Isa Jones (right) work at the school's online news site, the CU Independent.
Grace Hood

University of Colorado President Bruce Benson is recommending that the Boulder campus move forward with plans to revamp its journalism school.

Benson said he came to the decision after meeting with Chancellor Phil DiStefano, students, faculty, advisory board members and Colorado journalists. While the ultimate goal is to strengthen journalism education, the current plan requires the discontinuation of the journalism school itself.

It’s a term that’s raised alarm bells for many students and faculty.

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1:20pm

Fri April 8, 2011
Local

Northern Water District Move Helps Farmers, Dry Front Range

Creative Commons

Northern Colorado water managers are increasing the amount available for farmers and others who draw from the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

This year those who own water rights can draw 80 percent of every share unit they own.That’s a 30 percent increase from what was set earlier this year.

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