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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
  • Breaking windows to rescue dogs in hot vehicles soon will be legal

    DENVER — It soon will be legal in Colorado to break a car window to rescue a child or dog from a hot vehicle. The law goes into effect in August and give immunity to any good Samaritan who takes action. It happens all too often where owners leave their animals in vehicles when temperatures get hot. The new Colorado law, which takes effect Aug. 9, will allow citizens to take their own action. “The proper protocol is  to look […]

  • Aurora lifts ban on public fireworks use

    AURORA, Colo. — This year’s Fourth of July will be a little louder and brighter in Aurora after the city lifted its full ban on fireworks. It will allow people to celebrate the holiday with low-level fireworks such as sparklers and fountains. City officials believe the move will make it safer for the holiday. The fireworks that are being allowed don’t leave the ground, or have an explosion or bang. Bottle rockets, Roman candles and mortars are still illegal. The […]

  • One dies in Poudre River, 2 rescued from Clear Creek as water levels rise

    GOLDEN, Colo. — The hot temperatures about to set in across the Denver metro area might send people in search of some relief. Rivers, creeks and streams across the Front Range are running fast and high from a rapid snowmelt. Swift water teams had to rescue two people from Clear Creek on Monday night. Crews from the Arvada and Golden fire districts responded about 5 p.m., and both people were out of the water by 7 p.m. Crews used a […]

  • Suspect arrested after body found in street near downtown Denver

    DENVER — One person was arrested in connection to a homicide investigation after the body of a man was found in a street early Friday morning, the Denver Police Department said The body was found about 4:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Curtis Street near downtown. A witness said a couple came to the area in an attempt to buy drugs when two men got into a confrontation. Police have not confirmed that it’s a possible drug deal gone […]

  • RTD to finally begin testing on new G Line

    ARVADA, Colo. — After months of delays, testing is set to begin Wednesday morning on RTD’s new G Line. The train will travel from Union Station in downtown Denver to Arvada and Wheat Ridge. A series of technical problems has pushed back the opening of the line so the start of testing is an important step forward to get the new line on track. The testing begins at 8 a.m. and will go from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday […]

  • Bans put in place as waterway levels rise from rapid snowmelt across state

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Rivers and streams across the state are beginning to run fast and high because of warm temperatures and a rapid snowmelt. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has banned most activity in Clear Creek because of the fast-moving water. Other restrictions have been put in place in other counties across the state. Swimming and most other activities have been banned, including the use of belly boards, inner tubes, blow-up rafts and body surfing. Kayaks, paddleboards, whitewater canoes, […]

  • Paid parking begins this weekend at Boulder’s Chautauqua Park

    BOULDER, Colo. — A major change is coming to one of Colorado’s most popular tourist attractions this weekend. Starting Saturday, people will have to pay to park at Chautauqua Park in Boulder. The city is beginning a pilot program in the attempts to deal with a major parking crunch facing the hundreds of thousands of visitors who descend on the park every season. The park has long been a major attraction with more than 300,000 visitors going there last summer. […]

  • Man fatally shot outside Boulder restaurant after argument

    BOULDER, Colo. — One person was shot and killed at a restaurant on the busy Pearl Street Mall early Monday morning, the Boulder Police Department said. The shooting happened at the Bramble and Hare restaurant at 1970 13th St. just after midnight. Police said an argument between two people started inside the restaurant then went outside where shots were fired. The two then went back inside the restaurant where more shots might have been fired, police said. The victim, an adult […]

  • One person critically injured in east Denver shooting

    DENVER — A man was taken to a hospital after being shot several times early Thursday morning, the Denver Police Department said. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in front of the Hidden Brook apartment complex in the 1300 block of Xenia Street. The man, who was not identified, was shot  up to five times and was in critical condition. Police believe a group of people followed the man before the shooting. In the course of the investigation, police went […]

  • Littleton gun store hit in smash-and-grab for second time in less than year

    LITTLETON, Colo. — A gun store was robbed for the second time in less than a year early Wednesday morning, the Littleton Police Department said. Triple J Armory at East County Line Road near Broadway was hit in a smash-and-grab robbery just before 2 a.m. Police said four suspects in a stolen Jeep Cherokee out of Aurora rammed into security posts, then through the front door of the gun store. Once inside, police said security video showed the four suspects […]

  • Law enforcement launches crackdown on seat belt use

    DENVER — The Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation kicked off their “Click It or Ticket” campaign on Monday. The message of the awareness campaign is designed to drive home the point that seat belts are the single most effective way to prevent serious injuries or death on the road. Last year, the program resulted in almost 6,000 seat belt citations around the state. That included 295 tickets for unrestrained or improperly restrained children younger than 15 […]

  • Lakewood man arrested in Coal Creek Canyon triple homicide

    BOULDER, Colo. — A Lakewood man was arrested Tuesday after a handgun was matched to him in connection to a triple homicide in Coal Creek Canyon, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said. Garrett Coughlin, 24, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation, three counts of first-degree murder during the commission of a robbery and aggravated robbery. The people who were killed — Wallace White, 54, Kelly Sloat-White, 56, and Emory Fraker, 39 — were found April 15 […]