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.



Wed September 12, 2012

Poverty Numbers Hold Steady, but Median Income Drops in West

Aaron Creative Commons

The U.S. Census bureau is reporting that the number of Americans in poverty held steady at 15 percent between 2010 and 2011. However, real median income of households in the West declined by 4.1 percent, marking the fourth consecutive annual decline in the region.

Read more


Tue September 11, 2012

Hay Rises in Demand, Prompts Theft from Local Farmers

Walt Hubis Flickr - Creative Commons

The scarcity and sky-high price of hay is causing worry among some Colorado livestock producers.

Read more


Mon September 10, 2012
Colorado Wildfires

Panelists Discuss Fire from the Ground Up at CSU High Park Symposium

Kathie Mattor from the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute discusses the High Park Fire
Bill Cotton Colorado State University

Scientists and forest managers gathered today to discuss the challenges and lessons learned from this summer’s High Park Fire. It took three weeks to contain the more than 87,000 acre wildfire, which burned 259 homes in the foothills northwest of Fort Collins.

Read more


Mon September 10, 2012


Sun September 9, 2012
Colorado Wildfires

90 Days after Devastating High Park Fire, CSU Event Searching for Answers

Smoke from the High Park Fire was visible on the first day it erupted: June 9, 2012.
Grace Hood KUNC