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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2:36pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Health

Flu Shots Continue To Be Vital For Warding Off Winter Illness

Grace Hood KUNC

As Northern Colorado residents infected with the flu begin to stream into area emergency rooms and hospitals, one fact is emerging. 89 percent of patients treated for flu symptoms did not get a shot.

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4:59pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Business

Northern Colorado Economy Poised For Strong Growth In 2014

The 2014 NCBR Summit was held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Grace Hood KUNC

9:51am

Tue January 14, 2014
Environment

CSU Study Brings Science To Solve South Platte River Problems

Outline of the S. Platte Alluvial Aquifers in Northeast Colorado Showing Division 1 Water Districts 2, 1, and 64.
"HB12‐1278 Study of the South Platte River Alluvial Aquifer" Colorado Water Institute

Colorado’s drought problems may have faded into recent memory. Heated debates over water have not. Along the South Platte, irrigation well owners are hoping a long-awaited study will help them gain more access to their water.

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3:37pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Space

Space Weather Will Create Rare Northern Lights In Colorado

An aurora as seen over the Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks, Alaska.
NOAA

Skies across Colorado will offer a rare opportunity for seeing the Northern Lights — typically seen in places like Canada and Alaska. The impetus for this natural phenomenon comes from a powerful geomagnetic storm caused by an eruption from the sun.

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12:48pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Energy

Boulder Requests Utility Grid Costs From Xcel

Ashleigh290 Creative Commons

Boulder officials have taken a significant step toward bringing the electric grid under city management. City officials sent a notice of intent to current operator Xcel Energy announcing plans to acquire parts of the electric infrastructure. The letter kicks off discussions on cost for the city — but there are limits.

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