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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4:30pm

Fri February 18, 2011
Local

CU Regents To Discuss Future of Journalism School

University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The University of Colorado Board of Regents is meeting this week to discuss the future of Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The future of CU’s journalism program will be a topic of discussion on Tuesday and Wednesday.  But CU Regents are waiting on a final recommendation from President Bruce Benson before taking any action.

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4:22pm

Fri February 18, 2011
Local

Southern Colorado Counties Oppose Prison Closure

Fort Lyon Correctional Facility
Colorado Department of Corrections

A group that represents 22 Southern Colorado counties opposes a move by Governor John Hickenlooper to close a prison in Las Animas.

Action 22 said yesterday that it opposes closing the Fort Lyon correctional facility in an area that needs jobs and where 14 counties have high poverty levels. Hickenlooper said in his budget proposal this week that closing the prison would cut 149 jobs. But Bill Long, a commissioner in Bent County where the prison is located, says the move would not only result in lost jobs, but would also devastate the local economy.

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11:30am

Fri February 18, 2011
Economy

Districts Turning to School Bus Advertising to Shore Up Budgets

Colorado Springs School District 11 was the first district in the country to use the school bus ads back in 1993.
Grace Hood KUNC

As Colorado K-12 schools face an estimated $375 million cut in funding next year, some may be turning to companies like State Farm Insurance and First Bank for help. More districts are deciding to display ads on the sides of school busses for extra revenue. Five states this year are considering legalizing the practice.

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5:06pm

Thu February 17, 2011
Local

Leaders Come to Aspen to Discuss Shrinking Forests

Creative Commons

Scientists, environmentalists and former vice president Al Gore are gathering in Aspen tomorrow to discuss climate change and the West’s shrinking forests.

Organizers of the event call it a “teachable moment,” citing the Mountain Pine Beetle as an example. The tiny insect has killed an estimated 3.6 million acres of forests in Colorado and Wyoming. And recent forest fires and Sudden Aspen Decline have taken a toll, too.

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1:49pm

Wed February 16, 2011
Local

DIA, FAA Investigate Runway Incursions

Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport has asked Federal Aviation authorities to review its training and safety programs following some recent close calls on its runways.

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