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.
DENVER– Police arrested a man early Thursday morning after at least two businesses were vandalized at the 16th Street Mall. Police say Cook’s Fresh Market and SportsFan, located near 16th and Glenarm Place, were damaged around 1:30 a.m. When police arrived on scene, they located a suspect who refused to leave one of the vandalized stores. Police set up a perimeter and eventually arrested the man at gun point. The suspect’s information has not yet been released.
BOULDER, Colo. — High water dangers remain a major concern across Colorado on Friday. Creeks and rivers are flowing fast and furiously. And several people had to be rescued from the rushing waters during the Fourth of July holiday. One person was rescued from the South Platte River overnight Friday. A woman was pulled from the water by the Denver Fire and Police departments. Crews were called out to the Lions Open Space on the Poudre River west of Fort […]
DENVER — Record crowds are expected on the roadways and at airports across the country, especially in Colorado, for the Fourth of July holiday. Overall, travel is expected to be up by 4 percent across the country. According to AAA, more than 49 million Americans will travel for the holiday, the highest number on record. Of that, 840,000 will travel in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Transportation is expecting close to record crowds to jam the highways across the state. […]
DENVER — Some Denver businesses are fighting back after they have been targeted by a hate group. White supremacist stickers have been plastered on several shops along South Broadway and owners are taking action. At least four or five shops have been hit. They’re small businesses, like Hope Tank, that take pride in being open and inclusive to all communities. Shop owners are hoping a block party on Friday will be a show of unity against hate. “This is sending […]
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Rising water levels are causing safety concerns along the Front Range, and in Boulder County officials are urging caution for anyone near fast-moving water, including the St. Vrain River. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office announced a tubing ban is in effect for the north and south St. Vrain creeks and the St. Vrain River throughout Boulder County. Tubing ban in effect for North & South St. Vrain Creeks & the St. Vrain River. The ban includes […]
DENVER — Police in Denver are looking for a band of burglars who have been hitting marijuana dispensaries. Investigators believe the same thieves have been breaking into dispensaries across the city and they’ve sent shop owners a special alert to be on the lookout. The Denver Police Department releases a photo of the group pulling off a recent overnight break-in. They are well disguised and covered up, and are using a Jeep in the break-ins. Police said the burglars like […]
DENVER — New numbers show a positive trend in the battle against the epidemic of drug overdoses in Colorado. For the first time in six years, the number of people dying from overdosing has declined. New needle exchange boxes now appear in city parks in Denver, hoping to help in the battle against drug overdoses. Last year, 974 people died of a drug overdose in Colorado. that is down from 1,012 who died in 2017. It’s the first year for […]
DENVER — Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who is accused of causing a fatal three-car crash early Sunday morning. The crash happened about 1:10 a.m. at East Colfax Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, leaving one person dead and one person injured, the Denver Police Department said. Police said a man driving a silver Jeep caused the crash. Police said the driver was able to get out of the vehicle and took off on foot. Police only said the driver […]
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Hundreds of law enforcement and first responders will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise on Wednesday that will close roads and create traffic jams. The exercise is intended to assess first responders’ actions in several locations with multiple victims. The exact details of the simulated emergency will not be revealed until the drill gets underway. At the Civic Center in Fort Collins, Laport Avenue and Howes Street will be shut down. At the Ranch in Loveland, Arena […]
COMMERCE CITY — The Commerce City City Council declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city after a vote on Monday night. Council members voted to approve a measure opposing Colorado’s new “red flag” law. The red flag law allows law enforcement to seize guns from people who are deemed unsafe by the courts. The debate drew a big crowd on Monday night. In the end, the council voted 5-2 in support of the Second Amendment and the lawful exercise of […]
DENVER — Thousands of comic fans and cosplay connoisseurs will be in Denver this weekend for Pop Culture Con. Costumed geeks from all over will be at the Colorado Convention Center for the weekend event. The event has attracted thousands of fans since it began in 2012 when it was called Denver Comic Con. The title change happened because of league battles over the Comic Con name and a trademark claim by Comic Con in San Diego. Still, fans say […]
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — For the first time in years, the Colorado State Patrol is looking for troopers. The Colorado State Patrol is looking to hire up to 35 people. They would join the 800 others who are part of the patrol currently. All kinds of opportunities are available, from road patrol to the hazardous materials teams to the canine units. The process is extremely competitive. “Ultimately, we are still looking for the best,” trooper Josh Lewis said. “We’ll have […]