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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5:00am

Tue April 1, 2014
Author Interviews

‘Humor Code’ Explores The ‘Y’ In Funny

FDT Design Courtesy of Simon and Schuster

All of us know instinctively when something’s funny. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you laugh at the jokes you do?

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5:00am

Mon March 31, 2014

4:06pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Oil and Gas

CU Report Estimates Economic Impact Of Statewide Fracking Ban

A drilling rig nestled in the greenspace between developments in Frederick, Colo., Aug. 2013.
Jim Hill KUNC

5:00am

Wed March 26, 2014
Business

Retirement Could Bring A Wave Of Boomer Businesses To Market

Roy Hansen, left, has put his truck driving school on the market and is planning for retirement. “I turn 69 next month, and you know it’s just time to do it.”
Grace Hood KUNC

So-called “business brokers” match buyers and sellers for all kinds of small enterprises, everything from high-end hair salons to septic tank cleaning. For those in the business of selling businesses, 2014 is expected to be a big year across Colorado and the U.S.

When it comes to the recent boom, it’s, well, baby boomers who are mostly behind the uptick.

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2:48pm

Thu March 20, 2014

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