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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4:00pm

Thu April 7, 2011
Business

Loveland Leaders Discuss Proposed Business Park

Loveland Business Development Manager Betsey Hale, Mayor Cecil Gutierrez and City Manager Bill Cahill discuss the proposed Aerospace Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park.
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Thousands of jobs could be coming to Loveland thanks to a new Aerospace Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park. The city was one of 40 proposals chosen by the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology, which along with NASA is spearheading the effort.

“This is an incredible potential for Loveland and all of Northern Colorado as several thousand jobs are expected from the aerospace clean energy project,” said Loveland Mayor Cecil Gutierrez.

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5:35pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Colder, Wetter Conditions Help Crystal Firefighting Efforts

Gov. Hickenlooper talks to reporters after surveying the fire burn area.
Grace Hood

Intermittent rain on Wednesday allowed crews to make significant progress battling the wildfire west of Fort Collins.

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8:55am

Wed April 6, 2011
Arts

Filmmaker Delves Into Angie Zapata’s Life And Legacy

Photos of Angie

It’s been almost three years since Angie Zapata, a transgender teen living in Greeley, was brutally beaten to death in her apartment. Zapata’s life and high-profile murder trial is the subject of a new documentary debuting this weekend in Denver.

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10:15pm

Tue April 5, 2011
Elections

Voters Weigh In On Municipal Issues

Grace Hood

Voters from across Colorado weighed in on a range of municipal issues from medical marijuana to ranked voting on Tuesday.

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5:39pm

Tue April 5, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Officials Say Containing Crystal Fire Could Take 3 to 5 More Days

A map of the Crystal Fire. On Tuesday crews worked to contain the most active section near Division B.
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Fire officials say they’ve spent an estimated $780,000 battling a blaze west of Fort Collins.

Helicopters were used only half of the day on Tuesday due to windy conditions as about 350 firefighters worked on land to contain the blaze.

Incident commander Paul Summerfelt explained that cold and wet temperatures this weekend quelled the inner-most section of the fire area. And that’s impacted how crews are working on the Crystal Fire.

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