Grace Hood


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.



Mon October 24, 2011

Loveland, ACE Developer Gather This Week for Important Talks

This week the city of Loveland will negotiate the sale of the former Agilent technology site with a Kentucky-based developer, Cumberland & Western Resources LLC. The Aerospace and Clean Energy, or ACE, technology park could house as many as 80 manufacturing companies in the coming years.

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Wed October 19, 2011

FDA Cites Cantaloupe Packing Facility in Listeria Outbreak

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The Food and Drug Administration is reporting that conditions in Jensen Farms’ cantaloupe packing facility led to a listeria outbreak that has killed 25 and sickened 123 people.

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Tue October 18, 2011

Report Estimates $83.5 Million Economic Impact from Pro Cycling Event

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A report released today says this summer’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge had an $83.5 million impact in Colorado during the seven-day August event.

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Mon October 17, 2011

Colorado Schools Recognized in Nutrition Challenge

First Lady Michelle Obama today celebrated more than 1,200 schools—including 35 in Colorado—that made changes to boost nutrition and physical activity under the HealthierUS School Challenge.

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Fri October 14, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Udall Releases Fourmile Canyon Fire Preliminary Report

Democratic Senator Mark Udall announced today the preliminary findings from a study on the factors influencing last year’s Fourmile Canyon Fire—the costliest in Colorado history.

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