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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8:50am

Fri March 18, 2011
Business

Auction Offers Opportunity for Northern Colorado Farmers, Municipalities

Creative Commons

A water leasing auction will take place this afternoon in Northern Colorado. The extra availability of the resource is something water managers are calling “celebratory.”

The board of directors at Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District approved a plan to lease extra unused water six years ago. But drought prevented the district--which delivers water to parts of Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties--from following through on the plan until last year.

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3:54pm

Thu March 17, 2011
Business

Udall Amendment Would Increase Credit Union Lending

Creative Commons

Democratic Senator Mark Udall introduced an amendment today that he says could create as many as 100,000 jobs. The goal is to increase how much credit unions can lend in Colorado—and nationwide.

Right now credit unions can only lend about 12 percent of their total assets. But Senator Udall thinks that number should be just above 27 percent. That’s because small businesses have struggled in recent years to gain access to capital despite a $30 billion dollar infusion of cash from the federal government to banks to help increase loans.

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2:43pm

Wed March 16, 2011
Local

Southeastern Colorado Courting New Employers to Fill Fort Lyon Facility

Colorado Department of Corrections

Bent County officials are busy sketching out their next steps now that closure of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility is imminent.

The good news is leaders have more time to attract a new tenant to the building than originally thought. That’s because the Joint Budget Committee decided earlier this week change the closure date of the prison to March 1, 2011.

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5:08pm

Tue March 15, 2011
Local

Loveland Pot Ban Challenge Goes To Court

Rocky Mountain Kind is one of three medical marijuana dispensaries challenging the city of Loveland.
Grace Hood

An 8th Judicial District Court judge heard arguments from both sides of a lawsuit today challenging the city of Loveland’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Loveland voters approved the medical marijuana dispensary ban last November, and it went into place on March 1. But three dispensaries are challenging it, along with unnamed medical marijuana patients. They say it violates their rights guaranteed by the state constitution. That’s despite a state law passed by the legislature last year that gives cities the right to restrict medical marijuana dispensaries.

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2:54pm

Thu March 10, 2011
Agriculture

Climate Change, Water Discussed at USDA Conservation Meeting

Nolan Doesken, state climatologist, addresses the USDA Agricultural Landscapes Forum
Grace Hood

The US Department of Agriculture and the nonprofit Farm Foundation held a forum in Fort Collins today to discuss soil and water conservation policy. The meeting comes almost one year before an anticipated battle over the 2012 renewal of the Farm Bill.

At stake is an estimated $25 million in USDA dollars awarded under the Resources Conservation Act to farmers and ranchers who undertake projects for soil or water conservation. But right now some say the approach of working with individual land owners isn’t helping to shape a comprehensive strategy.

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