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Jim Hooley brings his skills as a veteran Denver newsman to FOX31’s Good Day Colorado and Channel 2’s Daybreak. For the past 15 years, he’s been up before dawn, delivering breaking stories from that morning and overnight hours to kick start your day.

Jim grew up on New York’s Hudson River and worked in newsrooms in Rochester and Cleveland before proudly calling the Rocky Mountains home.

During his career, Jim has reported live on the Columbine shootings, the Aurora Theater tragedy and Colorado’s floods and wildfires.

As Oscar Wilde put it, “the truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Jim believes that’s what makes the job of being a reporter so compelling.

Recent Articles
  • RTD marks one-year anniversary of opening of troubled A Line

    DENVER — RTD marked the one-year anniversary of the troubled A Line between Union Station and Denver International Airport on Friday. The so-called ‘Train to the Plane’ has been plagued by all kinds of problems since it began service. The transit service hoped to put all of that in the past with a Rider Appreciation Day and festivities at stations along the line and at the airport. RTD said the line has carried nearly 5 million passengers between downtown and […]

  • Denver gears up for annual 4/20 events; state works to keep high drivers off roads

    DENVER — Thousands of marijuana smokers are expected in Civic Center Park in downtown Denver on Thursday for the annual 4/20 celebration. On Tuesday, a new push began to make sure they all get home safe began. Several thousand people are expected to jam the area in the heart of downtown for the celebration, coming from all over the country. Getting all those people in and out of downtown under the cloud of marijuana smoke will provide challenges for law […]

  • Citations for driving while high drop 33 percent

    DENVER — The 4/20 celebration is Thursday and law enforcement is bracing for the statewide event. The Colorado State Patrol said marijuana use and people who drive while high are down considerably. But there is still great concern about marijuana users who smoke and get behind the wheel. In the first three months this year, 155 people were cited for marijuana use-only impairment, compared to 232 for the same period last year, a 33 percent drop. The number of combined […]

  • 2 injured in lower downtown stabbing; suspect in custody

    DENVER — Two people were injured in a stabbing in lower downtown early Monday morning, the Denver Police Department said. The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. on Market Street between 19th and 20th streets. Police found one of the victims in front of a restaurant. He was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The second victim returned to the scene. He was able to walk, but he did not need to be taken to a hospital. Police were able […]

  • Bill would up fines for drivers who don’t move over for responders

    DENVER — Lawmakers might be ready to increase the fines for drivers who fail to make room for law enforcement and emergency vehicles. The new bill introduced in the State Senate could go as far as making the failure to move over a felony. That means serious criminal charges and hefty fines, too. It would also expand the coverage beyond law enforcement, adding penalties for drivers who fail to give the proper space to nonemergency and utility workers, and tow […]

  • Weapons stolen in smash-and-grab at Arvada gun store

    ARVADA, Colo. — Thieves rammed a vehicle into a gun store in Arvada early Sunday morning and got away with an unknown number of weapons, the Arvada Police Department said. It happened about 2:30 a.m. at Westminster Arms at 6785 Wadsworth Blvd. Workers spent much of Sunday going through the store, taking inventory. A stolen vehicle was found in a nearby parking lot and police are investigating whether it was involved in the robbery. Police aren’t saying how many weapons were stolen, but […]

  • Fans going to Rockies’ opener advised to avoid using Brighton Boulevard

    DENVER — The city of Denver has a warning for fans who might want to take Brighton Boulevard as a way to get to Coors Field for the Rockies’ home opener on Friday. The busy road is under construction and the city said fans should avoid it if possible. The work started between 29th and 44th streets in the fall, and the road isn’t the only thing being rebuilt. The project includes bicycle lanes, new sidewalks, upgraded signals, utilities and […]

  • Female hiker rescued after being trapped under 1,500-pound boulder

    GOLDEN, Colo. — Emergency crews rescued a 30-year-old woman who was trapped under a 1,500-pound boulder while hiking on North Table Mountain on Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Fire Department and multiple other agencies responded to help the woman. Assisting @GoldenCOFire on a hiker rescue in North Table Mtn Park. pic.twitter.com/M90lCPskbr — WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) April 5, 2017 The woman was hiking with a friend and looking for a place along the trail to do some rocking when they heard a crack […]

  • Teens fall while climbing at Red Rocks; one rescued

    MORRISON, Colo. — Four teenagers are safe after they were illegally climbing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday night. It began about 8 p.m. when the teens quickly got into trouble while climbing, with two of them falling. One of the teens fell to the ground and was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. A second climber fell and became stuck on a ledge. West Metro Fire Rescue crews had to perform a technical rope rescue to get to […]

  • Sunshine Fire near Boulder 100 percent contained

    BOULDER, Colo. — The Sunshine Fire was fully contained Monday afternoon, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said. Firefighters were expected to continue working through the night to put out hot spots and flare-ups. Mop-up operations will continue Tuesday, officials said. All mandatory evacuation orders were lifted about 9:30 a.m. Monday. The fire grew slightly overnight, to about 75 acres, as crews put out hot spots. About 180 firefighters were at the fire near Sunshine Canyon, especially along the northwest quadrant […]

  • Legislators lay over second reading of bill to extend bar hours in Colorado

    DENVER — Driving under the influence enforcement continues across the state with St. Patrick’s Day weekend approaching. On Thursday morning, Colorado state lawmakers took up a bill aimed at extending the hours bars can serve alcohol. The State Senate held a hearing on the measure, which is being backed by the Colorado Bar Owners Association but is opposed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The second reading of the bill was laid over to March 24. Closing time is 2 a.m. […]

  • Prairie View High School student charged after allegedly making threats

    BRIGHTON, Colo. — A Brighton teenager is due in Adams County court on Wednesday as he faces charges of making threats against Prairie View High School and posting threatening pictures on social media. Frank DeFiore, 18, was arrested Friday after another student tipped off school officials to the alleged plot, the Brighton Police Department said. The posts contained references of wanting to shoot students at the school. Police also said DeFiore had several weapons and recently made threatening or alarming […]