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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2:01pm

Tue February 8, 2011
Local

Former Republican Candidate Ken Buck Launches Nonprofit

Weld County: Office of District Attorney

Weld County District Attorney and 2010 U.S. Republican Senatorial candidate Ken Buck announced a new effort today aimed at passing a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment.

The idea of amending the U.S. Constitution and restricting the government from spending more than it earns is not new. It’s been debated for decades, and drew recent attention when Colorado Senator Mark Udall co-sponsored a version this year with Republicans.

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11:01am

Sun February 6, 2011
Politics

Colorado's Fraying Safety Net

Regina Gonzales works at United Way of Weld County’s 211 Call Center, a hotline that connects callers with basic needs like transportation or food.
Grace Hood

Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee must fill an estimated $1.1 billion budget gap which will likely translate into deep cuts to many programs including safety net services for lower income individuals. Supplemental money that would continue a free breakfast program for needy kids through the end of this school year has already been targeted by the JBC amid controversy.

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3:03pm

Wed February 2, 2011
Local

Weld County to Appeal Operation Number Games Ruling

IRS.gov

The Weld County District Attorney’s office is appealing a December ruling that put an end to Operation Number Games, a crackdown on illegal immigration and identity theft based off tax records.

A lawyer filed a notice of appeal on behalf of Weld County DA Ken Buck and Sheriff John Cooke on January 31. At issue is a civil court case initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on behalf of Amalia Cerillo, a Greeley tax preparer.

A judge issued a temporary injunction that put a stop to efforts last April, and in December that ruling became permanent.

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2:15pm

Wed February 2, 2011
Local

Homeless Shelters Step up Capacity, Services as Temperatures Plunge

The cold snap is increasing demand for overnight shelter and daytime programs like this one at Catholic Charities in Fort Collins.
Grace Hood

Plunging temperatures are pushing many homeless shelters to capacity along the Front Range. And some communities are kicking overflow shelters into high gear.

With Fort Collins’ two homeless shelters maxed out, Monday night brought record attendance of 33 at its emergency winter night shelter. Meantime, day programs that provide warm meals and shelter are also attracting more.

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4:13pm

Mon January 31, 2011
Local

Faith-Based Groups Promise to Pay School Breakfast Funding Gap

Students at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins stand in line for waffles and sausage.
Grace Hood

The future of state funding for a breakfast program benefiting Colorado’s needy children is uncertain, but one Colorado Springs collation says it will help if lawmakers can’t. 

Last month the Joint Budget Committee blocked a request by the Colorado Department of Education for $124,000 in supplemental money for the program. That means kids might have to start paying 30 cents a meal after March when the funding runs out.

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