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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
  • Water main break closes Sheridan Boulevard in southwest Denver

    DENVER — A water main break closed Sheridan Boulevard in southwest Denver early Friday morning, Denver Water said. The busy road was closed just south of Morrison Road. Detours are in place for the Friday morning commute. Both directions of Sheridan were closed between West Arizona and West Mississippi avenues for repairs to the 12-inch main. There was no estimate for when the road would reopen. Eight commercial customers lost water service. The cause of the break is under investigation. […]

  • Cleanup to begin after possible microburst topples trees, damages house in Thornton

    THORNTON, Colo. — Cleanup will begin Wednesday in a Thornton neighborhood after the area was hit by very strong winds, possibly a microburst, on Tuesday night. Trees toppled and some homes suffered some heavy damage about 6:30 p.m. when the storm came out of the blue. A fallen tree not only did damage to the outside of a house in the Hunters Glen neighborhood, but the inside too. The roof was heavily damaged. There’s a giant hole in the ceiling […]

  • Jefferson County starts slash collection program to help reduce wildfire danger

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Hot and dry weather will significantly increase the fire danger in Denver and along the Front Range on Tuesday. Jefferson County has started a program to encourage residents to make sure there are safe fire zones around homes and to clean up property. The county has set up drop-off sites for any slash that has been collected. Removing slash and creating defense space around homes helps firefighters and removes fuels such as trees, limbs, pine needles […]

  • Questions remain after FBI agent’s gun goes off in Denver nightclub

    DENVER — The Denver District Attorney’s Office is expected to decide as early as Monday if charges will be filed after an off-duty FBI agent’s gun was dropped and was fired at a downtown nightclub. The Denver Police Department called it an accident and the unidentified agent has not been arrested, though many people are wondering why. The shooting happened about 12:45 a.m. Saturday at Mile High Spirits Distillery at 2201 Lawrence St. near downtown Denver. A woman recorded the […]

  • Tuesday is final day for public input on I-25 expansion between Castle Rock, Monument

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Tuesday is the final day for the public to sound off on the expansion plan of Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument. The plan by the Colorado Department of Transportation is to add toll lanes on the interstate northbound and southbound. The controversial project would cost $350 million to widen the 18-mile stretch. The toll lanes would work the same as the toll lanes on Highway 36 and Interstate 25 north of Denver. The price […]

  • Major street repaving project leads to detours, delays in downtown Denver

    DENVER — A major street repaving project is underway in downtown Denver. The project will last through the summer and will lead to detours and delays. In all, 100 blocks in downtown are being repaved. It’s the largest repaving project in the area in 15 years. The city is spending $27 million on the long overdue project. Of that, $1.2 million is being funded by marijuana taxes collected by the city. The work is happening during the day and the […]

  • Packed agenda on final day of Colorado Legislature

    DENVER — Wednesday is the final day of the 2018 Colorado Legislature that began in January — and there is still plenty of work to be done. Lawmakers are struggling to come up with funding solutions to help teachers and they’re trying to do something to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. A bill would provide mental health services for people in crises. It would create teams that would go to hospitals to help anyone put […]

  • Police believe missing Longmont mother of 3 likely dead, searching for person of interest

    LONGMONT, Colo. — Investigators with the Longmont Police Department say they believe a missing woman is dead. Rita Gutierrez-Garcia, a 34-year-old mother of three, has been missing since St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Her family has made a public plea for help. Gutierrez-Garcia was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at a couple of bars along Main Street in Longmont. She told friends she was getting a ride home. A short time after she went missing, police searched a lake looking for her with […]

  • Thousands expected at second day of teacher protests at state Capitol

    DENVER — Thousands of teachers are expected at the state Capitol on Friday for the second day of walkouts and rallies. Schools throughout the Denver metro area have been shut down because so many teachers are using personal time to attend the rallies and there are not enough substitutes to staff classrooms. About 2,000 teachers mobbed the Capitol on Thursday. They rallied outside the building, then marched around the Capitol, at one point pretty much completely surrounding the grounds. After […]

  • Fate of Adam Densmore, accused of killing and dismembering ex-girlfriend, in hands of jury

    BOULDER, Colo. — The fate of a Boulder man accused of brutally killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend is in the hands of a jury. Deliberations began Wednesday morning in the case of Adam Densmore. He is facing charges of first-degree murder, tampering with a corpse, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in connection to the killing of 25-year-old Ashley Mead in February 2017. The prosecution claims Densmore, 33, killed Mead in their Boulder apartment, put her body in […]

  • City re-timing traffic lights to allow more time for pedestrians to cross

    DENVER — Downtown traffic signals are in the process of getting a major overhaul by being re-timed. Considering the city’s overwhelming growth, there are more pedestrians, bikes, light rail riders and one-way streets that are now two-way streets downtown. When it comes to crosswalks, the new federal standard is to give people one second for every 3 1/2 feet they have to cross. And it turns out, it’s taking more time to make crossings, so that will be a big […]

  • 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. […]