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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6:02am

Thu June 5, 2014
Health

Colorado Looks To Health And Wellness Tourism

Over just two years since it was built, the $34 million University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has created a high-tech space for research and programs.
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America’s obsession with weight loss has given birth to reality shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss. The latter aired the second installment of its new season with part of the episode shot on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The popular culture influence is reinvigorating Colorado’s image as a health and wellness destination — but with a medical twist.

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12:45pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Flooding

As Water Rises, Greeley Officials Keep Close Eye On Poudre River

A view of Rover Run Dog Park on F Street in Greeley, June 2, 2014.
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Some Greeley residents got a surprise Sunday night as the Greeley Fire Department initiated reverse-911 phone calls giving notice of voluntary evacuations near the Poudre River.

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1:14pm

Fri May 30, 2014
Arts & Life

Kayakers Backtrack In The Footsteps Of Lewis & Clark

Joe Zimmerman (right) and filmmaker Nick Caiazza (left) standing near the start of their nearly 4,000 mile kayaking journey.
Blackwater Drifters

More than 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark launched their expedition on the Missouri River with $2,500, bringing back stories about lands most Americans had never seen. Dipping his toes in history, Joe Zimmermann will launch an expedition of his own lifetime — a 21st century effort complete with a kayak, GPS trackers, a documentary filmmaker and $15,000 in donations.

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12:50pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Energy

What’s In A Word: Is It Fracking or Frac’ing?

Fracking vs Frac’ing: On the left, fracking protesters hold a sign outside Fort Collins City Council Chambers. Pictured on the right, the fracturing process at a well site.
Grace Hood (left) / Irekia - Eusko Jaurlaritza (right) KUNC (left)/ Creative Commons (right)

While the media, the public and now the Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary all spell it “fracking,” many in the oil and gas industry don’t.

“I would spell it frac’ing,” said Scott Hall, a Denver-based petroleum engineer with decades in the industry.

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12:55pm

Fri May 16, 2014
Military

Two Colorado Soldiers' Advocates Sue For Access To Fort Carson

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Claiming that they’ve been illegally barred from entering a base south of Colorado Springs, Robert Alvarez and Georg-Andreas “Andrew” Pogany have filed suit in U.S. District Court.

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