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

Fri December 30, 2011
Business

Minimum Wage Earners Get a Boost in 2012

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This weekend, Colorado and seven other states will automatically adjust the hourly minimum wage rate for workers. Colorado's 28 cent increase—to $7.64 per hour—will be the largest ever since voters approved Amendment 42 in 2006.

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2:50pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Business

Three CO Sears, Kmart Stores to Close Due to Disappointing Holiday Season

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Three Colorado Sears and Kmart stores will close in the coming year due to lackluster sales. The move could impact as many as 240 employees.

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2:03pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Politics

Beleaguered Larimer County GOP Searches for New Chairman

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The Larimer County GOP will have a new chairman in 2012. Current head Tom Lucero announced his resignation earlier this week, citing a need to focus more time on his consulting business.

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2:34pm

Tue December 27, 2011
Business

CO Retail Council Expects 3 Percent Increase in Holiday Sales

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Despite Tuesday’s announcement by Sears Holdings that they will soon close up to 120 stores nationwide, the trade group Colorado Retail Council says it expects holiday sales to increase about 3 percent compared to the same time last year.

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5:00am

Mon December 26, 2011
Community

More Farmers Markets are Expanding to the Winter Months, says USDA

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reporting that Winter Farmers Markets are expanding across the country and right here in Colorado. That’s thanks to new agricultural technology, which is making it cheaper and easier for farmers to grow certain crops year-round.

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