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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2:56pm

Tue May 13, 2014
Business

One Program Behind Colorado’s High Refugee Employment Rate

Mentors and protégés in the CFaSST program pose at the Gala For the Public Good.
Maxwell Gleicher University of Denver

For the 70,000 refugees who resettle in the United States every year, one of the most important transitions comes when launching a successful and productive career. Across the West, refugee employment entered rates range from a low of 23 percent in California to a high of 77 percent in Idaho and 72 percent in Colorado.

A unique partnership between the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver and the African Community Center is playing an increasingly important role toward that high success rate.

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5:00am

Tue May 13, 2014
Health

'Significant And Persisting' Mental Illness A Challenge for Larimer, Fort Collins Law Enforcement

Fort Collins Police Department Officer Maureen Noe at work. Noe and other FCPD officers have regular training to work with those who have mental illnesses.
Grace Hood KUNC

Larimer County law enforcement, either on the street or in the county jail, say they're seeing more significant and persisting mental illnesses like mood, bipolar, psychotic disorders and schizophrenia.

The shift is taxing resources with Emergency Rooms, health care providers, jail resources and the Fort Collins Police Department.

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12:30pm

Sat May 10, 2014
Transportation

MAX Bus Rapid Transit Launches In Fort Collins

Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat addresses the crowd at the South Transit Center.
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3:37pm

Mon May 5, 2014
Oil and Gas

State Legislature Fails To Resolve Local Control Fight

Oil and gas work takes place on Highway 392 East of Windsor
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5:57pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Politics

Coloradans For Responsible Reform To Fight Anti-Fracking Ballot Measures

A rig performs work nearby a neighborhood in Firestone, Colo.
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