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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4:47pm

Wed April 20, 2011
Business

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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2:18pm

Tue April 19, 2011
Education

Colorado Mountain College to Offer Four-Year Degree

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College, one of the state’s community colleges, announced today plans to offer two types of bachelor’s degrees.

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5:00am

Tue April 19, 2011
Agriculture

Nonprofit Works to Conserve Farmland on Western Slope

Riverview Orchard is one of four family farms that recently entered into conservation easements with the Mesa Land Trust.
Mesa Land Trust

The declining number of orchards and vineyards in Colorado is calling one Grand Junction group to action. The Mesa Land Trust has put 115 new acres of farmland around the Western Slope town of Palisade under conservation easements.

The agreement with landowners puts limits on how the land can be used, effectively restricting the land from future development. That’s important near Palisade, says Mesa Land Trust Executive Director Rob Bleiberg, because about 90 percent of Colorado’s peaches come from the 2,000 acres in the area.

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5:00am

Mon April 18, 2011
Business

IRS Issues Reminder About Email Scams

irs.gov

Thousands of Coloradans will be rushing to get their tax returns into the mail on Monday. The busy tax season is also yielding a new crop of email scams, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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4:53pm

Thu April 14, 2011
Education

CU Regents Vote to Overhaul Boulder Journalism Program

Regents voted 5-4 to close CU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Grace Hood

Today regents at the University of Colorado voted to revamp the journalism program on the Boulder campus.

Regents voted 5-4 to close CU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It’s a change administrators say is necessary to kick-start a new program for information and communication technology. CU Regent Kyle Hybl cast the tie breaking vote in favor of closing the school.

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