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

Thu July 28, 2011
Business

Colorado Business Gives Mannequins a Makeover

Grace Hood

Broomfield-based Fusion Specialties is trying to help retailers boost clothing sales by creating more life-like mannequins. These are custom-made models that look like the real people who shop in stores—or at least look the way shoppers imagine themselves. In this difficult economy, a mannequin makeover can be a huge help to retailers like Disney Stores.

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11:21am

Wed July 27, 2011
Local

USPS Targets More Colorado Post Offices for Closure

Postal officials estimate that they would save about $48,000 annually if the New Raymer post office were closed.

After losing $8 billion dollars last year, the U.S. Postal Service is taking measures to cut costs—everything from cutting back to 5-day mail service to closing an estimated 3,600 offices nationwide.

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1:35pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Environment

Agency Launches New Database, Highlighting Colorado Clear and Beetle-Killed Wood Products

U.S. Forest Service

The Colorado State Forest Service is launching a database to connect consumers with Colorado businesses using clear and beetle-killed wood. The searchable list contains about 130 businesses that sell furniture, traditional lumber and other products.

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9:46am

Fri July 22, 2011
Agriculture

Wheat Crop “Above Average,” But Not Breaking Records in 2011

Creative Commons

Colorado wheat farmers won’t see a record-breaking crop this year, but the 2011 harvest is still expected to be “above average.”

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12:02pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Local

Congressional Stalemate on FAA Funds Could Halt Northern Colorado Airport Repairs

Allegiant is the main commercial passenger carrier at the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport. A delay in FAA funds could curb planned maintenance to the airport’s one runway.
Grace Hood

Part of the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport renovations may be screeching to a halt as Congress debates essential Federal Aviation Administration dollars.         

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