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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5:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Local

In Forbes.com Ranking, Fort Collins-Loveland Area Makes Top Five

city of Fort Collins

According to a new Forbes.com listing, Western cities—including the Fort Collins-Loveland region and Denver—are among the best places to do business in the country.

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6:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Local

Visitation Down in Rocky Mountain National Park

Sprague Lake
National Parks Service

Rocky Mountain National Park officials are seeing a busy July 4 weekend. It's traffic they hope will boost what have so far been lower attendance numbers in 2011.

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2:51pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Politics

CO Legislator Says He Plans to Reintroduce Civil Union Bill

Colorado Rep. Mark Ferrandino

Colorado Democratic Representative Mark Ferrandino says he’ll reintroduce a bill to create civil unions in the state after New York legalized same sex marriages earlier this month. A similar bill this year died in a House committee on a party-line vote.

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1:42pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Local

Poudre Rafting Outfits Report Less Business

Mountain Whitewater Descents in North Fort Collins is sending fewer customers up the Poudre Canyon this year for rafting adventures. Owner Brad Modesitt says business has decreased at least 25 percent,
Grace Hood

Some rafting companies along the Poudre River in Fort Collins say business is down. That’s despite having some of the best water in years.

Mountain Whitewater Descents in North Fort Collins is sending fewer customers up the Poudre Canyon this year for rafting adventures. Owner Brad Modesitt says business has decreased at least 25 percent this year. He says media coverage over high runoff and last week’s downing death has led some customers to believe the river is too dangerous to float.

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3:30pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Education

CSU Fort Collins Joins Program to Improve Tuition Benefits for Vets

Colorado State University

In an effort to become more veteran friendly, Colorado State University in Fort Collins announced today plans to join the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

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