Grace Hood


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.



Thu June 10, 2010

Colorado Vets Benefit from Special Judicial Court

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on 2010-06-10 on an older version of

Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started in 2001 and 2003, thousands of active military and veterans have committed misdemeanor and felony crimes in Colorado Springs, which is just north of the Fort Carson Army Base.

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Wed April 21, 2010

State Lagging with Oversight of Online K-12 Schools

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on 2010-04-21 on an older version of

Online K-12 schools continue to be a popular choice for many students and parents in Colorado. But when it comes to holding one of education's fastest growing industries accountable, the state is lagging. KUNC's Grace Hood investigates.


Tue April 20, 2010

New Law Delays Evaluation of Online K-12 Schools

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on 2010-04-20 on an older version of

The Colorado Department of Education says the 2009 Education Accountability Act will delay the its identification of the lowest performing K-12 cyber schools by four to five months. 

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Wed March 31, 2010

Partnership Helps Army's Most Severely Wounded in Colorado

After an IED blast cut Aubrey Jollotta’s (right) military career short, he returned to school to learn how to make custom rifles for other wounded veterans. He shakes the hand of marine Dean Sanchez (left), who will be receiving one of Jollotta's custom-m

Editor's Note: This article was published on 2010-03-31 on a previous version of

Finding a job is not easy in today's economy for those men and women returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. But for those who have the most severe injuries, returning to the workforce takes on a whole new level of difficulty. Now two national organizations are teaming up to help the Army's most severely wounded in Colorado.

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Mon October 5, 2009

Two Men, Two Women and a Baby

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on 2009-10-05 on an older version of

How far would you go to help a good friend? It’s a question two Boulder couples have spent the last year-and-a-half considering, and they’ve come up with some pretty unconventional answers. And as KUNC’s Grace Hood reports, they’ll soon take the final steps of a journey that started from one person’s medical misfortune.