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 10, 2011
Local

Columbus Day Closures

Many state offices are closed today in observance of Columbus Day—including state driver’s license offices. But there is still a way for many Colorado drivers to handle routine renewal requests.

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3:22pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Business

Gov. Hickenlooper Visits Fort Collins, Stresses Entrepreneurship

Grace Hood

Governor John Hickenlooper swung through Northern Colorado today in what he’s calling a “follow up” to his economic blueprint plan. The blueprint came after Hickenlooper solicited feedback from business leaders in all 64 Colorado counties in his "bottom up" economic development process. It includes six specific goals, including efforts to recruit and retain more businesses.

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6:00am

Thu October 6, 2011
Business

Ski Area Recreation Act Would Expand Summer Activities for Resorts

Under the Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act, ski resorts would be allowed to expand summer activities on U.S. Forest Land to include mountain biking terrain.
Creative Commons

A bill that would make it easier to create off-season jobs in resort communities has cleared the U.S. House of Representatives and is now headed to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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6:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
Business

USDA Grant Dollars to Benefit Northern Colorado Organization

Creative Commons

A Longmont-based organization that works with Native American communities across the U.S. is one of several recipients of grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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6:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
Education

Why are Colorado’s Online K-12 Students Failing? A Conversation with I-News Reporters

An investigative report by I-News, a Colorado-based in-depth news consortium, shows that taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on virtual schools that are largely failing their elementary and high school students.

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