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.



Tue April 26, 2011

Save the Poudre Raises Questions about NISP Impact to Farmland

Creative Commons

A project that would divert Poudre River water into two reservoirs could hurt Northern Colorado agriculture. That’s according to a newly released report by the nonprofit Save the Poudre. But as at least one group is challenging the findings.

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Mon April 25, 2011

CU Announces $1.5 Billion Fundraising Campaign

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is one of four campuses that will benefit from the $1.5 billion campaign.
University of Colorado

The University of Colorado is launching what it’s calling the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school’s history.

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Mon April 25, 2011

With One Year of Stimulus Left, Low-Income Weatherization Industry Looks to Future

Veterans Green Jobs’ Jordan Latva installs sheet metal, isolating a pipe that transports hot furnace gases. The work is done before blowing additional insulation material into the attic of a low-income home.
Veterans Green Jobs

If you want to see stimulus dollars at work, take a visit to the Denver-based nonprofit Veterans Green Jobs. Two and a half years ago, the organization that trains veterans in things like home energy audits occupied just three office cubicles. Today, it’s situated in a 90,000 square-foot office with 85 full-time employees. 

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Thu April 21, 2011
Renewable Energy

CSU Dedicates 5.3 Megawatt Solar Plant on Foothills Campus

Colorado State University and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures officials at a ribbon cutting on Thursday.
Grace Hood

Colorado State University administrators in Fort Collins officially dedicated a 5.3 megawatt solar plant on the Foothills Campus Thursday.

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Wed April 20, 2011

Poudre Valley REA Announces Enhancements, Smart Meter Technology

Poudre Valley REA

Thousands of utility customers in rural communities across Weld, Larimer and Boulder counties will soon take advantage of smart meter technology. It’s thanks in part to a $43 million loan that the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted on Wednesday to Poudre Valley REA.

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