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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2:27pm

Tue April 5, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Gusty Winds Ground Air Attack on Crystal Fire

Fire crews west of Fort Collins are battling gusty winds today as they attempt to contain the 3,200 acre Crystal wildfire. It doesn’t help that the Front Range is under a Red Flag warning until 8 o’clock tonight.

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6:28pm

Mon April 4, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Crews Continue to Battle Crystal Fire, Gov. Authorizes $1.7 Million to Fight Blaze

A Type 1 Incident Team has taken over command of the Crystal Fire west of Fort Collins. So far the blaze has charred about 3,200 acres and destroyed 15 homes, but officials say that could increase as windy conditions pick up again today.

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12:02pm

Mon April 4, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Additional Crews Coming to Fight the Crystal Fire, Weather Cooperating

Larimer County spokesperson John Schultz expects four additional 20-person crews will be added to those already battling the 4,500 acre Crystal fire west of Ft. Collins. That would take the total number of firefighters to 280.

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3:38pm

Thu March 31, 2011
Government

La Veta Only Colorado Town on USPS List of Suspended Offices

US Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service made public this week a list of 400 offices across the country in which business has been suspended. The good news is that Colorado has only one entry on the list, and the small outlet in southern Colorado has been closed for some time.

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1:30pm

Wed March 30, 2011
Science

Deadly bat disease spreads West, Colorado officials concerned

The U.S. Forest Service cut off access to caves on its land in Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming to curb the spread of White Nose Syndrome last summer.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a deadly fungus that’s killing off bat populations on the East Coast has spread to Ohio.

White Nose Syndrome was first identified in New York in 2006. Since that time it’s spread up and down the East Coast, and a fungus connected to it has been detected as far west as Oklahoma—just 200 miles from the Colorado border.

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