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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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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12:20pm

Fri December 23, 2011
Business

Beer Boosts Larimer County Economy

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Beer is big business in Larimer County. That’s according to a new report by Colorado State University economic researchers. The industry supported more than 930 direct jobs in 2010.

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6:06pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Transportation

New Airline Partnership at DIA to Benefit Travelers

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Icelandair and Frontier Airlines have announced a new interline partnership that will give travelers more options through Denver International Airport.

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5:40pm

Wed December 21, 2011
Business

Loveland Profits from ACE Sale

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The city of Loveland is one step closer to building out the Aerospace Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park, or ACE—an effort that would bring more than a thousand high-tech jobs to Northern Colorado.

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