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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3:15pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Politics

Event Sparks Debate on How to Lower Gas Prices

Running on Empty attracted about 70 people on Wednesday.
Grace Hood

The Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity stopped in Fort Collins today to protest the high price of gasoline. But as many—if not more—counter protesters showed up for the rally.

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6:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Sports

Pro Cycling Challenge Launches with Sport’s Economic Future at a Crossroads

Cycling Fans Crowded downtown Colorado Springs to catch a glimpse of racers.
Grace Hood

Thousands of fans and more than one hundred professional cyclists were in Colorado Springs yesterday to kick off the seven-day USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This inaugural race will be televised across the world and is being plugged as an economic engine for the Colorado cities in its path. But will it succeed in the long run where the Coors Classic failed?

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6:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
Sports

Pro Cycling Challenge Kicks Off Today in Colorado Springs

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Seventeen teams from seven countries will kick off the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs later today.

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11:05am

Thu August 18, 2011
Local

Cities, College Campuses Brace for Back-to-School Traffic

Creative Commons

Thousands of students are pouring back onto college campuses in Greeley, Fort Collins and Boulder this week as they prepare for the start of the fall semester. On many public university campuses, residence halls open today, with classes starting on Monday.

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1:46pm

Wed August 17, 2011
Business

Forest Products Marketing Conference Coming to Golden

Creative Commons

Colorado forest products manufacturers are gathering in Golden tomorrow for a two-day marketing conference. The goal is to discuss how businesses can better promote their products and services—everything from furniture to lumber.

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