Erin OToole

Morning Edition Host

I started my career in Cincinnati, Ohio where I was a traffic reporter by day and a volunteer public radio music host by night.  Although I spent almost nine years in commercial radio, I have always had a passion for the creativity and intelligence of public broadcasting.

I moved to Colorado in 2009 from the San Bernardino/Riverside area of California where I served as Morning Edition host and reporter for an NPR member station. During my six years there I covered a broad variety of topics including healthcare, immigration and clean energy.  In 2008 I was selected as a USC/Annenberg Health Journalism fellow, studying and reporting primarily on healthcare reform, domestic violence and health awareness media campaigns.

I graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, San Bernardino.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading (science fiction or politics – or any combination of the two), listening to and creating music, and watching my dog chase squirrels for the first time in his life.

Please feel free to send me story ideas… or just suggestions for your favorite things to do in Colorado!




Mon August 25, 2014

Community Health Centers Preparing To Serve Surge In Medicaid Patients

A colorful banner hangs in the hallway of Sunrise Community Health's Monfort family clinic
Erin O'Toole KUNC

More than 300,000 Coloradans have gained health coverage since October 2013, following the launch of the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. That includes 178,000 new enrollees in Medicaid through the state’s expansion of the program.

All the activity has created a spike in demand that has been tough for many healthcare providers to keep up with.

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Thu August 14, 2014


Mon August 11, 2014

On Net Neutrality, Boulder And NoCo Are Right There With San Francisco

Screencap from Aug. 8, 2014, showing a few of the 1.1 million net neutrality comments left on the FCC's website.

When it comes to the net neutrality debate, the Federal Communications Commission has received more than 1.1 million public comments, a ratio of about one comment for every 286 people.

The rate is much higher than that for six cities in Northern Colorado and the Boulder Valley -- nearly 48 percent higher.

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Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

The Wheel Boot Was Invented In Denver. You’re Welcome, America

A double-booted vehicle spotted in Denver. Take a look at the sign at the front of the auto; someone should have paid better attention.
Jim Hill KUNC

It’s hard to think of any device in modern history that can provoke more feelings of intense rage, grief and sheer desperation than the wheel clamp, wheel boot, parking boot, or auto immobilizer.

All these are names for what's commonly known as the Denver Boot - because it was invented right here in Colorado.

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Tue July 29, 2014
National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park Visits Hurt By Shutdown, Floods

Section of Old Fall River Road washed out by flooding
Rocky Mountain National Park

Visits to national parks were down across the U.S. by about 9.1 million in 2013 – a decline of 3.2 percent, according to a new National Parks Service report on park attendance that year. In Northern Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park saw an even greater decline, with visits down by 7.4 percent.

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