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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12:22pm

Fri March 7, 2014
Marijuana

Do You Drive Better High? Colorado Doesn’t Think So

A screencap from one of the Colorado Department of Transportation's new marijuana impaired driving PSA's.
Colorado Department of Transportation

Public service announcements have a history that can run anywhere between bland to scare-tactics on steroids. Remember “this is your brain on drugs”?

Times have changed.

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2:17pm

Tue March 4, 2014
Politics

Gardner Hopes To Bring ‘Colorado Values’ To U.S. Senate

Cory Gardner declared his candidacy on March 1. This photo was shared on his Facebook page.
Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate Campaign

In what’s largely viewed as a game changer for Colorado’s 2014 Senate race, Republican 4th Congressional Representative Cory Gardner announced plans to run against Democratic incumbent Mark Udall.

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4:06pm

Thu February 27, 2014

1:57pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics

Evolution Of Jared Polis’ Scene Stealing Bow Tie

2nd Congressional Rep. Jared Polis on the House Floor Feb. 25.
CPSAN

Floor speeches in the U.S. House debating consumer access to unlocked cell phones rarely set social media on fire. But that’s exactly what happened to 2nd Congressional Democratic Rep. Jared Polis – and his sartorial taste.

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5:00am

Thu February 27, 2014
Business

Big Changes In Store For Foothills Mall, Fort Collins

Over the last decade, the city has struggled to revitalize the 1970s Foothills Mall.
Grace Hood KUNC

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