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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5:58pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Community

Agency Extends Colorado Gives Day Due to Computer Glitches

Creative Commons

High web site traffic and computer glitches are forcing officials to extend the deadline for Colorado Gives Day until mid-day tomorrow.

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3:41pm

Mon December 5, 2011
US Postal Service

USPS Announces Changes to First Class Mail, 350 Colorado Jobs at Stake

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The financially troubled US Postal Service is considering cuts that would slow first-class mail delivery across Colorado—and the country. The change would eliminate the chance of next-day delivery for stamped letters across Colorado.

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6:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Environment

Study Calls Sustained Funding ‘Essential’ for Fighting Bark Beetle Epidemic

U.S. Forest Service

A new study by the U.S. Forest Service says sustained funding from the government will be “essential” for the agency to continue its fight against the bark beetle epidemic. An estimated 41 million acres of western forests have already been destroyed by the insects--including 4 million in Colorado and Wyoming.

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3:17pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Water

Farmers, Ranchers to Gather For Ag Water Summit

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More than 200 ranchers, farmers and environmentalists will gather in Loveland tomorrow for this year’s Agriculture Water Summit.

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4:14pm

Mon November 28, 2011
Health

AP: Growing Number of Parents Declining to Vaccinate Kids

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More parents are opting out of school immunizations for their kids, and Colorado is near the top of the list.

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