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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5:20pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Politics

Colorado Republicans Rally for 12-Month Payroll Tax Extension

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Colorado’s Republican Congressional delegation stood alongside party colleagues today calling for a 12-month extension of social security payroll tax cuts, rejecting the Democratic led-Senate’s two month extension plan. 

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5:00am

Mon December 19, 2011
Transportation

AAA Says Fewer Coloradans Will Use Airlines to Travel During Holidays

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More Coloradans will use their cars this year to travel to their holiday destination compared to last.

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3:18pm

Thu December 15, 2011
Education

Report Highlights Challenges Facing CO Children in Immigrant Families

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Colorado has the second-largest proficiency gap between 4th graders who are English language learners and those who are fluent in English.

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5:00am

Wed December 14, 2011
Government

USPS Agrees to Five-Month Moratorium on Closures

USPS

The U.S. Postal Service has voluntarily agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

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4:15pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Veterans

VA Reports Nationwide Drop in Homeless Vets by 12 Percent

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Nationwide, numbers dropped by 12 percent for the country’s homeless veterans between 2011 and 2010 according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. On Tuesday Colorado specific numbers were not available.

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