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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2:27pm

Mon November 28, 2011
Military

TBI Continues to Trouble the Military

The solider readiness center at Fort Carson, CO.
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In the wake of the 2007 Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal, then President George W. Bush promised the “best possible care” to wounded soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Years later, the military is still struggling to treat and diagnose the most common war wound: Traumatic Brain Injury. 

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12:41pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Recreation

For Colorado’s Ski Industry, a Strong Start to the Season

Eldora Mountain Resort

Thanks to colder temperatures and recent snowfall, Eldora Mountain Resort will open tomorrow morning. It’s one of several ski areas that are starting out the season strong.

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6:38pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Rural Issues

USPS Calls “Time Out” on Proposed Post Office Closures

An announcement from the USPS in the New Raymer post office over the summer. The town was one of thousands the USPS was considering for closure.

The United State Post Office is putting its plan to close thousands of rural post offices on hold for now. The office had announced the proposed closures over the summer.

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5:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
Education

Beverage Business Institute to Host Inaugural Workshop

Beverage Business Institute

As Americans develop more of a thirst for beer, wine and spirits produced in small batches, a newly formed Beverage Business Institute is helping Colorado businesses meet the demand.

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4:53pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Veterans

Bennet Discusses Student Life, New GI Bill with CSU Vets

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has come a long way in administering government scholarship money for veterans. That was one of the conclusions from a roundtable held by Democratic Senator Michael Bennet today on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.

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