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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.

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Recent Articles
  • Longmont City Council to vote on lifting ban on marijuana dispensaries

    LONGMONT, Colo. — The Longmont City Council will consider lifting its ban on marijuana shops in a vote on Tuesday night. While recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado since Jan. 1, 2014, Longmont has just said no. But now the city might be ready to open its doors to dispensaries. A yes vote would be the first step in lifting Longmont’s prohibition on marijuana and allow four dispensaries to open — but with limitations. No shops would be allowed […]

  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits Denver school

    DENVER — Controversial Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited a school in southeast Denver on Wednesday as part of a nationwide tour she is on. DeVos attracts protesters just about everywhere she goes and demonstrators were on hand when she went to Firefly Autism House. DeVos’ visit is part of a multistate tour called the ReThinkSchool tour, with stops in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Indiana. DeVos has been visiting schools to highlight the ways educators are meeting the unique needs […]

  • FBI joins investigation for endangered senior citizen possibly abducted by ex-boyfriend in Lafayette

    LAFAYETTE, Colo. — An endangered 67-year-old woman has been reported missing and she might have been abducted by her ex-boyfriend, the Lafayette Police Department said. Police believe Alexis Carol was kidnapped from the Peaks Senior Assisted Living Center at 660 Old Laramie Trail by 75-year-old John Baerthlein around 1 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, the FBI joined the investigation, police said. Baerthlein is known to carry firearms and has residences in several states, though police did not identify which ones. An arrest warrant […]

  • Crews battle 2 large wildfires in Routt County

    ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. — Firefighters in northwest Colorado are hoping for another day of cooperation from Mother Nature as they battle two fires in Routt County. The Deep Creek Fire is about eight miles northeast of Hayden and 13 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs, and has consumed 2,086 acres with 0 percent containment as of Tuesday night. One ranch has had to be evacuated and structures that were immediately threatened have been evacuated. More resources are on the way to […]

  • Colorado animal rescue team dispatched to Houston

    DENVER — A Colorado animal rescue team is in Houston, trying to save the thousands of animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Longmont-based Code 3 Associates specializes in technical rescues during natural and man-made disasters. Code 3 Associates is basing its operations in an area outside of Houston. Its plan is to do reconnaissance for a day, then plan specific search-and-rescue routes. The animal rescues continue nonstop in the storm and flood area. The Denver Dumb Friends League is also getting […]

  • Motorcyclist killed in Jefferson County hit-and-run

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident late Monday night, the Colorado State Patrol said. The crash happened on Highway 285 at C-470 in Jefferson County. The driver tried to flee on foot but was found at a nearby gas station. Highway 285 was shut down for several hours while the Colorado State Patrol searched for the suspect and conducted an investigation into the crash. The motorcyclist, a man whose name and age weren’t released, […]

  • RTD bus crashes through retaining wall at Sixth Avenue and I-25

    DENVER — No one was injured after an RTD bus crashed through a retaining wall late Wednesday night, the Denver Police Department said. The crash happened before midnight on the flyover from eastbound Sixth Avenue to northbound Interstate 25 when the driver lost control of the bus. The bus spun around, crashed into the retaining wall and was dangling over the bridge while facing westbound. The impact of the crash sent debris to the ramps below. The ramp from eastbound […]

  • Boulder store sells out of hard-to-find eclipse glasses after last-minute shipment

    BOULDER, Colo. — The search continues for hard-to-find solar eclipse viewing glasses that are mandatory for Monday’s event. People have been going store to store all over the Denver metro area trying to land a pair before Monday’s solar eclipse. Several thousand pairs have been distributed by schools, universities, libraries, museums and Walmart, but most have run out. With the supply drying up, a hardware store in Boulder got a last-minute shipment of 2,000 glasses and sold them out in […]

  • Mandatory solar eclipse glasses hard to find days before event

    DENVER — Just about every store that has been selling glasses for Monday’s solar eclipse has run out, while others have very limited supplies. Experts are worried the shortage of protective glasses that are needed to watch the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years will create real danger. The Denver Public Library is out of its supply as is the Museum of Nature and Science. A boulder hardware store sold out its 17,000-pair supply pretty much […]

  • Students return to Cherry Creek schools with new start times

    AURORA, Colo. — It’s back to school on Monday morning for students in the Cherry Creek School District and this year’s start comes with a twist. School start times have been changed — and for high school students, the start has been pushed way back. It’s a welcomed move for students who don’t have to drag themselves out of bed before the sun comes up, but it could be a wrench in the morning plans for some parents. The new […]

  • 4 vehicle break-ins reported in Broomfield

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Police are searching for at least two men who have broken into vehicles in neighborhoods around Broomfield. Surveillance video from a front porch shows one man walking down a street in the 12100 block of Crabapple Street with another across the street apparently working with him. The Broomfield Police Department said it has been investigating the break-ins for some time. At least four have been reported in the area. The suspects break into the vehicles and grab […]

  • Former Broncos running back Terrell Davis to be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Broncos running back Terrell Davis will take his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio. Davis will enter the Hall of Fame 15 years after retiring as a two-time Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP. He’s a member of the 2,000-yard club and is the Broncos’ all-time leading rusher. It’s been a long and winding road for him, and he said he’s humbled. “It’s only tip of iceberg to notice […]