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 — A new pilot program in Denver hopes to help people struggling with drug use. In Colorado, more than 1,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2017 – more than 200 in Denver alone – and more than half of those were from opiods. Nationwide, opiod overdoses have become the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. The new program will give patients who come to Denver Health Medical Center treatment on demand. That […]
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The I-25 South Gap Project between Castle Rock and Monument will take longer than expected, the Colorado Department of Transportation said. The 18-mile project of Interstate 25 will rebuild and expand Interstate 25, a stretch of the highway that is in desperate need for an update. One Express Lane will be added in each direction. The two general purpose lanes will remain free. Work started in the fall and crews soon will be moving to the south […]
DENVER — Bannock Street in front of the Denver City and County Building has been closed because of security concerns. Earlier this month, security cameras captured a driver who was able to get a pickup truck up to the front door of the building. Police said no one was injured. The driver didn’t do any damage and the pickup was quickly towed away. The driver was charged with careless driving. In November, another driver drove up on the plaza close […]
DENVER — Gang activity and domestic violence contributed last year to Denver’s rising homicide count, city officials said on Thursday. 67 people were killed in Denver in 2018, which is the highest number since 2004. The number of homicides per capita also reached its highest point in more than a decade. Ten of those killings were gang related while seven were the result of domestic violence, according to Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen. “Violent crime is an issue we all […]
DENVER — The City and County of Denver was given low marks when it comes to the safety of its streets, according to a new report card released by safety advocates. The safety advocates with the Denver Streets Partnership the city an overall “C“ grade for the its progress on the Vision Zero Action Plan, which was designed to improve the safety of Denver’s streets. The progress report looked at the city’s 2018 infrastructure goals in eight categories. The city failed […]
DENVER — The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated in Denver on Monday with the annual marade. It will be the 34th year for the marade — a march and parade — and celebration from City Park down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park. Thousands of people are expected to participate in the march. Politicians, ministers, activists and people who show up from all over the country will be in the marade to honor King’s […]
FOUNTAIN, Colo. — A landfill in Fountain is now possibly included in the search for Kelsey Berreth. The 29-year-old mother was last seen at a Safeway store in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving with her 1-year-old daughter. While authorities believe she is dead, her body has not been found. Her fiance, Patrick Frazee, is accused of killing Berreth in her Teller County home and is facing murder charges. He was arrested in late December and remains in jail in Teller County. […]
DENVER — A bull rider died from injuries he suffered during an event at the National Western Stock Show on Tuesday night, the Professional Bull Riders Association said. Mason Lowe of Exeter, Missouri, was ranked 18th in the world by PBR. He had been a professional rider for seven years. Lowe was competing in the PBR Chute Out, a test of how long a rider can stay up and atop an out-of-control bull. Lowe was thrown from the bull and […]
DENVER — The redevelopment of the Loretto Heights school campus is shaping up to be the next major project in Denver. The future of the property in southwest Denver will be the focus of a meeting on Tuesday night between neighbors and developers. One of the most visible landmarks in Denver was founded as a Catholic girls school in the 1890s. The old school property was sold to developers in the summer. A steering committee has been set up to […]
DENVER — This week’s warmer temperatures come with an important warning: Stay off the ice. Fire and rescue crews around the Denver metro area have spent the past week preparing for ice emergencies, hoping to avoid tragedy. Over the weekend, South Metro Fire Rescue crews rescued a dog that fell through the ice. A firefighter wearing a dry suit was able to get to the stranded dog and get him to safety. All crews at West Metro Fire Rescue’s 17 […]
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A suspect was shot by an off-duty officer during a disturbance in a shopping center parking lot on Thursday night, the Westminster Police Department said. The incident happened about 7:30 p.m. in front of a Ross store at the Orchard Town Center at West 144th Avenue and Huron Street just west of Interstate 25. Two off-duty officers heard a disturbance between a male and a female in the parking lot, police said. The officers tried to intervene […]
DENVER — Thousands of students across the metro area head back to school on Monday after winter break. It will also be the first day for a new discount pass program for students who depend on RTD to get to class. The program gives riders who are 6 to 19 years old a 70 percent cut on the regular fare price. Children 5 and younger can ride for free if they’re with a paying customer. This means the new discount […]