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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5:35am

Mon May 30, 2011
Public Health

Warm Weather Brings Mosquitoes, West Nile Virus Risk to Colorado

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As temperatures heat up, public health officials are warning Coloradans to take preventive steps against mosquito bites, which could lead to West Nile Virus.

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5:30am

Fri May 27, 2011
Local

What’s the Secret to Northern Colorado’s Veterans Plaza Garden? Check the Soil.

Vietnam-era veteran Rob Allerheiligen is one of a small group of volunteers who have traveled to historic graveyards and battlefields across the world. The idea is to collect soil samples that on Sunday will become part of the Veterans Plaza garden.
Grace Hood

Dirt isn’t something most people think about on a daily basis. But Rob Allerheiligen has spent a lot of time researching and transporting the grainy brown substance over the past year.

A Vietnam-era veteran and former Colorado State University professor, Allerheiligen is one of a small group of volunteers who have traveled to historic graveyards and battlefields across the world. The idea is to collect soil samples that on Sunday will become part of the Veterans Plaza garden.

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1:20pm

Wed May 25, 2011
Education

Colorado Eligible for Round 3 Race to the Top Funds

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The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Colorado will be one of nine states eligible to compete for $200 million in school grant money this year. This will be the state’s third try competing for so-called Race to the Top funds.

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3:17pm

Tue May 24, 2011
Environment

Federal Funding Uncertain for School Bus Emissions Program

Grace Hood

As schools start wrapping up for summer recess, several Colorado districts will begin retrofitting aging diesel school busses to clean up emissions. But a federal funding source that’s traditionally kept this program afloat could be in jeopardy for next year.

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5:32pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Politics

Watchdog Group Issues Call to Action on High Gas Prices, Criticizing Rep. Gardner

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The watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense Action is launching an Internet ad campaign against Republican 4th Congressional District Representative Cory Gardner. At issue is Gardner’s neutral stance on tax subsidies for oil and gas companies.

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