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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.

Email Jim at Jim.Hooley@KDVR.com

Recent Articles
  • Annual 4/20 event brings thousands to downtown Denver

    DENVER — Several thousand people attended the annual 4/20 event at Denver’s Civic Center Park Friday. The rally was in full swing late Friday afternoon despite rain showers. People enjoyed live music near city hall and visiting a number of vendors situated around the park. The pro-marijuana rally is happening despite serious problems that developed last year and almost caused the city to cancel the event. Last year, there was trash and garbage all over the park after the event. […]

  • Wind gusts up to 60 mph kick up extreme fire danger across state

    DENVER — High winds across most of the Denver metro area on Tuesday will mean extreme fire danger. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of the area. Winds up to 60 mph are expected and relative humidity will be in the single digits. That means all the dead brush and grass that has been accumulating during the bone-dry winter could go up in flames and spread quickly. Homes that border open space, fields or […]

  • Good Samaritan brothers help rescue 3 people from southwest Denver house fire

    DENVER — Five people were taken to a hospital after a fire raced through a home early Wednesday morning, the Denver Fire Department said. The injured included two good Samaritan brothers, who ran inside the home to get the residents out to safety. The fire broke out about 1:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of South Knox Court in southwest Denver. Crews said the fire began in a detached garage in the backyard, then spread quickly to the house. The […]

  • Residential street sweeping begins in Denver

    DENVER — Street sweeping season begins in Denver on Tuesday. Residents will need to pay attention to red and white signs in neighborhoods to move vehicles and to avoid a $50 ticket. Last year, crews swept almost 150,000 miles of lanes on city streets, collecting more than 62,000 cubic yards of dirt and debris. That is enough to fill the inside of Coors Field with a pile more than 12 feet high. Moving vehicles is a priority to get the […]

  • Thornton Walmart shooting suspect ruled mentally competent to stand trial

    BRIGHTON, Colo. — The man accused of shooting and killing three people inside a Thornton Walmart was ruled competent to stand trial during a hearing on Monday morning. Scott Ostrem was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation in January. A preliminary hearing was set for June 8. Dave Young, the 17th Judicial District attorney, said the ruling puts the case “back on track.” Ostrem is facing six counts of first-degree murder, and 30 counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of crime of violence […]

  • Thornton Walmart shooting suspect due in court for competency hearing

    BRIGHTON, Colo. — The man accused of killing three people inside a Thornton Walmart is due in court on Monday morning. The competency hearing is to determine if Scott Ostrem can stand trial for the deaths. He was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation in January. Ostrem is facing six counts of first-degree murder and 30 counts of attempted first-degree murder for the shooting in November. Ostrem walked off his job one morning and then went into the Walmart […]

  • Douglas County purchasing more safety equipment for sheriff’s deputies

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Douglas County is preparing to spend more money to keep its deputies safe. Nearly $500,000 will be spent to purchase stronger body armor and more rifles. The move comes after the shooting on New Year’s Eve when a deputy was killed and others were wounded. The gunman in the shooting that killed deputy Zackari Parrish was armed with two assault rifles, a handgun and a shotgun. Three other deputies and a Castle Rock Police Department officer […]

  • New 5G cellular towers upsetting residents

    DENVER — Hundreds of new cellphone towers are going up around the Denver metro area, but with a cost. The new poles are being placed in residential areas, along streets and sidewalks. They are designed to provide faster speeds using the latest 5G cellular technology. But some neighbors are upset with their placement and possible dangers. The mini towers are designed to increase the saturation for better cellular coverage. By city code, the towers have to be at least 250 […]

  • One person killed in stabbing at downtown Denver 7-Eleven

    DENVER — One person was killed in a stabbing at a downtown 7-Eleven store late Thursday night, the Denver Police Department said. The stabbing happened just before midnight at 17th and Welton streets, one block from the 16th Street Mall. Police have not confirmed if the stabbing took place inside or outside the convenience store or if it was part of a possible robbery attempt. Police say the suspect fled on foot. Crime scene investigators went inside and outside of […]

  • Denver sheriff orders internal investigation after undocumented immigrant wanted by ICE posts bond

    DENVER — The Denver sheriff is calling for an internal investigation of the department after an undocumented immigrant wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bonded out of jail. Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda, 26, has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fiery crash on March 3. ICE requested a notification if Zamarripa-Castaneda was going to be released. Zamarripa-Castaneda bonded out at 5:28 p.m. Saturday, but ICE was notified until 6:33 p.m. “This is unacceptable and the sheriff has ordered an immediate internal review […]

  • Investigation of 3-alarm fire that left one dead, one missing, 6 injured could take weeks

    DENVER — The investigation continues into a three-alarm fire in Denver’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood that killed at least one person, injured six others and left one person unaccounted for. Fire and utility crews remained at the scene of the fire at 1833 Emerson St. all night trying to restore power and making sure the fire does not restart. The fire broke out just after noon Wednesday as most people were trying to get lunch or going about their normal […]

  • Officials walk balancing act on assessing threats and keeping schools open

    DENVER — Schools in the Denver area are open on Friday, but some students will be going to class under the watchful eyes of law enforcement. Officers will be at a number of schools because of the increase number of threats of violence. School officials walk a delicate balancing act on assessing the danger and deciding whether to keep a a school open or close it because of a threat. Colorado schools have comprehensive guidelines for how to assess a […]