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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1:40pm

Wed March 2, 2011
Education

Report Draws Attention to Potential Abuse in Veteran Tuition Assistance

CSU students Alastair Johnson, a British Army veteran, and Joe Beals, veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne.
Colorado State University

The Defense Department could be doing more to oversee tuition assistance granted to veterans in Colorado and across the country. That’s according to a recent report released by the nonpartisan research arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office.

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1:09pm

Tue March 1, 2011
Budget

Budget Debate Prompts Questions about Value of Prisons to Rural Colorado

The southeastern city of Las Animas could lose its second largest employer due to budget cuts: state-run Fort Lyon Correctional Facility.
Wikimedia Commons

Governor Hickenlooper’s proposed closure of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in southeastern Colorado could save the state millions. But residents say the loss of 240 jobs in the impoverished area would be “devastating.”

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11:05am

Mon February 28, 2011
Local

Fort Collins Breaks Ground for Veterans Plaza

Officials break ground for the Northern Colorado Veterans Plaza. The city of Fort Collins donated three acres of land for the project in June 2007.
Grace Hood

Northern Colorado veterans are getting a new monument in Fort Collins.

Officials have big plans for the three acre plot of land in West Fort Collins, including a soldier statue and a 500 seat amphitheatre. There are also sketches for a so-called victory garden that will include soils from international battlefields and U.S. military cemeteries.

Mayor Doug Hutchinson says an overwhelming response in private donations and foundation grant money made the first phase of this project possible.

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5:25pm

Wed February 23, 2011
Education

When the News Gets Personal: CU Journalism Students Cover Program “Discontinuance”

CU Journalism students Kate Spencer (left) and Isa Jones (right) work at the school's online news site, the CU Independent.
Grace Hood

Last fall, University of Colorado officials made headlines when they said they would take a hard look at the future of their journalism program. While other universities have completed the same exercise, CU’s has been more public and contentious than most.

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3:05pm

Tue February 22, 2011
Education

CU Regents Wade Into Journalism School Debate

CU Regents heard public comment on Tuesday, and are set to discuss the discontinuance process of Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication at 8:30 am, Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Grace Hood

University of Colorado Regents got an earful from Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s professors and former students.

Public comments at Tuesday’s Regents meeting were as much about the school’s individual struggles as the future of journalism. Citing budget woes and the ever changing media landscape, CU initiated the discontinuance process last August. But it’s been confusing, and according to Len Ackland, co-director of the school’s Center for Environmental Journalism, anything but transparent.

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