Grace Hood ’00 Named Winner of 2012 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 11:54 am.

Photo: WBUR

Photo: WBUR

Boston University and 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, have announced Grace Hood ’00 as the winner of the 2012 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Hood, a reporter for Northern Colorado NPR member station KUNC, submitted a winning entry that investigated for-profit education.

Titled “Investigating Colorado’s Online K-12 Education,” the three-part report uncovered a mix of corporate profits, questionable state oversight, and poor academic results at the state’s largest full-time online school, Colorado Virtual Academy. Her story had implications beyond Colorado, as other states are now considering whether to allow corporations to operate such schools with public funds.

While a reporter at KUNC in Greeley, Colo., Hood has contributed to NPR’s Morning Edition, the National Radio Project’s Making Contact, Voice of America, and Free Speech Radio. She also won KUNC their first Edward R. Murrow Award in 2010, and then again in 2011 and 2012, for her feature and investigative reporting.

The $5,000 prize is named for Daniel Schorr, an NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist who died in 2010. The award salutes a new generation of public radio journalists under the age of 35, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium. It is sponsored by WBUR and Boston University and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner.

Hood was honored at the 11th annual WBUR Gala on Oct. 15.


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