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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Wed April 16, 2014

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Fri April 11, 2014
Business

Colorado's Marijuana Industry Seeks Income Tax Reform

Erica Freeman, owner of Choice Organics, stands in her new retail shop she opened April 9.
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5:00am

Thu April 10, 2014
Transportation

1 Month Before MAX Launch, No Detail Is Too Small

Workers survey the South Transit Center, the south-most point along the MAX route.
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After two years of construction and numerous traffic detours, the first bus rapid transit system along the Front Range is about to debut in Fort Collins. The new $87-million dollar Mason Express, or MAX, route is being hailed as a key transportation alternative as the city continues to grow.

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5:00am

Fri April 4, 2014
Environment

Catching Up With Former Gov. Bill Ritter On Fracking, Energy Policy

Former Gov. Bill Ritter, now director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (right), with (right to left) lab director Bryan Willson, CSU President Tony Frank and Governor John Hickenlooper.
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4:28pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Business

Wind Energy PTC Included In Tax Extenders Bill

Wind turbines on the Cedar Creek wind farm east of Grover, Colorado at sunset with a backdrop of stratocumulus clouds.
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