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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
  • Nevada prisoner charged in 1984 hammer killings of Aurora family of 3, Lakewood woman

    AURORA, Colo. -- An inmate at a Nevada prison has been charged with murder, felony murder and attempted murder in the deaths of three members of an Aurora family and a Lakewood woman that had gone unsolved for the past 34 years, officials announced Friday.

  • Officials to release new details on 1984 hammer killings cold cases

    AURORA, Colo. — Authorities will release information on Friday morning about a cold case that shocked the Denver metro area more than 30 years ago. In January 1984, Bruce and Debra Bennett and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa were found dead beaten by a hammer to death inside their home in Aurora. The couple’s other child, Vanessa, was found severely beaten with head injuries but survived. Friends, family and investigators were stunned by the brutal killings that left police puzzled for […]

  • RTD ramps up G Line testing, bringing noise complaints from residents

    ARVADA, Colo. — RTD has ramped up the testing of its G Line from downtown Denver to Arvada and Wheat Ridge. It’s a necessary, but noisy operation and has residents complaining about the train horns. Train operators have to blow the horns and RTD still has to have flaggers along the line because new safety crossing technology still has not been approved. The trains are running every 15 minutes, but the real killer is the schedule. The trains start to […]

  • Ground broken on massive Central 70 Project to rebuild 10-mile stretch of interstate

    DENVER — After 15 years of planning, the Colorado Department of Transportation broke ground on Friday morning on the massive Central 70 Project. The rebuilding of Interstate 70 on the east side of Denver will cost $1.2 billion and take four years to complete. It’s the largest transportation project in the state’s history. The 10-mile stretch between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road will be widened and a toll lane added. And much of the new road will be put below […]

  • 3 hospitalized, 3 questioned after Thornton apartment fire started by fireworks

    THORNTON, Colo. — Three people were taken to a hospital and three suspects were questioned after a fire broke out in an apartment building that was started by fireworks late Monday night, the Thornton Fire Department said. Fireworks determined to be the cause of an apartment fire last night. Residents displaced for at least one more night. Residents, please contact tinaharrison@accuinc.com for apartment updates. pic.twitter.com/8JHSNEDYbx — Thornton Fire Dept. (@ThorntonFire) July 31, 2018 The fire started about 10 p.m. on […]

  • Electric scooters return to Denver streets under new plan with 8 companies

    DENVER — Electric scooters will be back on the streets of Denver on Friday after the city reached agreement with companies after a lot of drama the past two months. The scooters first hit the streets in May and the troubles began when riders rode them anywhere up and down streets and parked them anywhere, sometimes leaving them in the middle of sidewalks. The city seized hundreds of the scooters, dishing out thousands of dollars in fines and ordered the […]

  • Work continues to repair massive sinkhole in Sheridan

    SHERIDAN, Colo. — Work is continuing on Thursday on a massive sinkhole in Sheridan. Torrential rain has not helped crews trying to make repairs and get Oxford Avenue at Natches Court open again. On Wednesday, after about four hours of digging with giant machines, the SUV that plunged into the sinkhole during a thunderstorm on Tuesday was finally pulled out. It was about 20 feet down, covered with mud and debris. The woman who was driving, Ashley Marisch, was able to […]

  • Vigil held to mark sixth anniversary of Aurora theater shooting

    AURORA, Colo. — A solemn ceremony was held overnight Friday to mark the sixth anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting. A gunman opened fire on July 20, 2012 at the Century Aurora 16 movie theater during a midnight screening of the film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve people were killed and 58 others were wounded from the gunfire. Twelve others suffered nongunfire injuries. A new memorial site has been built at the Aurora Municipal Building, dedicated to the victims to reflect […]

  • Craft brewery closings on the rise across Colorado

    DENVER — Colorado’s brewery scene is facing some challenging times this summer. The beer business is not drying up, but the number of breweries shutting their doors and turning off their taps is on the rise after years of explosive growth. Last year, 165 breweries shut down last year. That is up from close to 100 in 2016. About 20 of those closings were in Colorado. After years of double-digit expansion, production growth has settled to about 5 percent. People […]

  • Bike thefts spike 20 percent in Denver in first half of year

    DENVER — Bicycle thefts are up 20 percent in the first six months of the year and the numbers are expected to increase through the summer months, the Denver police Department said. Thieves are ripping more than three bicycles a day, police said. The heavily targeted areas include Capitol Hill, Five Points and Union Station. And it’s happening in daylight, and even when owners have their bikes locked up, believing they are safe. “Went downtown and parked across the street […]

  • All activities on South Platte River in Littleton to be banned because of low water levels

    LITTLETON, Colo. — The city of Littleton will ban all activity on the South Platte River this weekend because of the low water levels. Waterways across the state are running low because of the small snowpack in the mountains. The ban is in effect from C-470 to Belleview Avenue. Earlier this week, about 1,000 tubers hit Boulder Creek for Tube to Work Day, ignoring low levels and risking getting banged up by hitting rocks and the creek bottom. The South […]

  • FBI agent accused of accidental shooting at Denver nightclub gets gun back

    DENVER — The off-duty FBI agent accused of accidentally shooting a patron in a Denver bar last month made his second court appearance on Tuesday morning. Chase Bishop waived his right to a preliminary hearing and a judge granted an exception to a protection order so he could carry his service weapon. Bishop’s lawyer, David Goddard, said prosecutors had offered Bishop a plea deal but didn’t disclose details. Goddard said the FBI strongly encourages its agents to carry guns when […]