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.



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.
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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.
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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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Fri August 5, 2011

Pinnacol Withdraws as State Employee Claims Administrator


The embattled state-owned workers' compensation insurer of last resort has withdrawn as the administrator of state employee claims, forcing Colorado to hire an independent contractor.

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Fri August 5, 2011

Photographer, Author Record Changes Large and Small Inside Tourist Cave

Caves are dark labyrinths with intricate geology. Over a century, you wouldn’t think that much could change. But a new picture book by two Colorado cavers records some surprising findings at the tourist destination Cave of the Winds, outside of Manitou Springs. KUNC’s Grace Hood sat down with author, Richard Rhinehart, who collaborated with photographer Norm Thompson on the project.




Thu August 4, 2011

CSU Researchers Call for Active Hurricane Season

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As Tropical Storm Emily heads toward Haiti, Colorado State University researchers are maintaining their 2011 forecast for an active hurricane season.

Bill Gray is Professor Emeritus in CSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science, and co-authored the annual seasonal forecast along with Philip Klotzbach. Overall, he expects the Atlantic to produce 16 named storms and 9 hurricanes.

“We’re looking forward to having this season to be about 175 percent of the average season between 1950 and 2000,” he said.

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