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 August 15, 2011

Boulder Launches Electric Car Charging Stations

The city of Boulder built two electric car charging stations near the South Boulder Recreation Center. Overall the city expects to build 40 stations by June 2012.
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The city of Boulder celebrated the launch of two public electric vehicle charging stations today. They were built thanks to a $500,000 federal grant secured by Democratic Representative Jared Polis.

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Thu August 11, 2011

Cities Make Progress on 2020 Emissions Reduction Goal

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Colorado cities are making progress toward a 2007 carbon emissions goal set by former Governor Bill Ritter.

The so-called Colorado Climate Action Plan aims to reduce the state’s footprint 20 percent by the year 2020. Fort Collins is reporting an 11 percent drop between 2005 and 2010.

“You could look at our progress and say we’re over halfway there, only nine [percent] more to meet the goal,” said Lucinda Smith with the city’s Environmental Services Division. “But we’re likely to have continued growth so it will take continued focus and work to make progress on this.”

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Wed August 10, 2011

Northern Colorado Runway Project Takes Flight

Allegiant Air will not fly from the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport Aug. 16-31 during the runway repair project.
Grace Hood

After cancelling runway repair plans last week, the director for the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport says construction will go forward as originally planned. Airport Director Jason Licon says the project’s contractor had cancelled last week when Congress was at a stalemate over Federal Aviation Administration funding.

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Wed August 10, 2011

Cattle Branding at Issue in New USDA Rule

Under a new proposed USDA rule to be published tomorrow, ear tags would be the primary form of identification for cattle transported across state lines.
Grace Hood

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will publish a proposed rule later this week that would remove hot-iron cattle branding from the list of official livestock identification methods available to cattle producers. And that doesn’t sit well with some Colorado ranchers moving livestock across state lines.

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Mon August 8, 2011

Gardner Gets an Earful at Loveland Town Hall

Loveland resident Ginny Carnes looks on as 4th Congressional Representative Cory Gardner addresses 250 at a Loveland town hall meeting.
Grace Hood

With cheers and boos, the meeting of 250 people at times felt more like a sporting event, putting 4th Congressional Republican Representative Cory Gardner in the position of a referee.

Questions touched on everything from concerns about fracking chemicals to the financial solvency of the U.S Post Office. But the No. 1 issue on people’s minds was the economic recovery and the best way to control the country’s debt.

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