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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6:00am

Mon October 31, 2011
Business

Cities Bid for 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Spectators in Colorado Springs wait for cyclists to finish the Prologue during the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Grace Hood

Today is the deadline for Colorado cities to bid on hosting a leg of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

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6:00am

Fri October 28, 2011
Politics

Udall Backs 2014 Troop Withdraw Plan in Afghanistan

Democratic Senator Mark Udall says he’s seeing a “sense of urgency” in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. Senator Udall traveled to Afghanistan as part of a U.S. Congressional Delegation this week to talk with military leaders, the intelligence community and senior Department of State Officials.

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6:00am

Thu October 27, 2011
Science

USGS Identifies White Nose Syndrome Culprit

Greg Turner, PA Game Commission

A new article in the journal Nature identifies the fungus responsible for White Nose Syndrome, a disease that’s killed more than 1 million bats on the East Coast and is sweeping across the country.

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12:41pm

Tue October 25, 2011
Education

Report Calls for More Regulation of Virtual K-12 Schools

Parents learn the ins and outs of the virtual education system at a Colorado Virtual Academy training.
Grace Hood

A new study by the Boulder-based National Education Policy Center is raising more questions about the quality and oversight of online K-12 schools across the country.

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6:00am

Tue October 25, 2011
Politics

Boulder Voters to Weigh Forming a Municipal Utility

Vince Darcangelo

One of the most hotly contested ballot measures this November is in Boulder. Issue 2C would give the city the authority to establish its own utility—if it can produce the same or cheaper rates currently provided by Xcel Energy. And a companion measure, Issue 2B, would generate about $2 million annually in extra tax revenue to cover the costs of studies and legal fees.

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