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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10:39am

Tue December 24, 2013
Colorado Flood

Glen Haven Stays ‘Hillbilly Tough’ Amid Slow Recovery

After losing its town hall, the new focal point of this tight-knit community is the fire station.
Grace Hood KUNC

More than 100 days have passed since floodwaters rampaged across Colorado. There has been some rebuilding. In remote communities like Glen Haven, residents are weighing fierce independence with severe destruction — and a dire need for help.

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5:00am

Fri December 20, 2013
Politics

51st State Movement Now Looks To The Capitol

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Colorado legislators may see a revival of the 51st state debate under the dome in 2014. The subject of national curiosity, the movement continues after stinging losses at the ballot box—although with far less fanfare.

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2:24pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Oil and Gas

Court Date Set For Broomfield Fracking Vote Count (Update: Hearing Delayed)

Broomfield Clerk and Recorder Jim Caldelarie works with election officials on Nov. 14, 2013.
Grace Hood KUNC

Updated: A Dec. 18 district court hearing had been set to hear a case between Broomfield election officials and a pro-fracking group over voting irregularities with a 5-year fracking moratorium that voters narrowly approved. It has been delayed pending another case.

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11:19am

Mon December 16, 2013

2:23pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Colorado Flood

Larimer County Faces Millions in Private Road Repairs

County Manager Linda Hoffman addresses the crowd during a press conference.
Grace Hood KUNC

Larimer County officials have repaired 45 bridges and reopened 30 miles of temporary roadway following September’s flooding. But there’s a growing concern about fixing some private roads damaged by floodwaters.

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