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!

email: erin.otoole@kunc.org

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5:00am

Tue January 13, 2015
Wildfires

Fort Collins Museum Wants Public’s Experiences To Shape New High Park Fire Exhibit

Helicopter supporting efforts to fight the High Park fire, June 2012.
U.S. Forest Service USDA - Flickr

12:32pm

Mon January 5, 2015
Business

Colorado Business Starts 2015 With Confidence, Optimism

Despite lower oil prices, business leaders are confident that Colorado's economy will remain strong in early 2015
Maarten Heerlien Creative Commons/Flickr

Colorado business leaders are feeling optimistic about the economic climate heading into the first quarter of 2015. That optimism is the most stable it’s been in more than a decade, according to the newest Leeds Business Confidence Index from the University of Colorado Boulder.

The confidence is partly fueled by months of strong economic growth and falling unemployment – both at the state and national level, said Leeds School economist Richard Wobbekind.

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5:00am

Wed December 24, 2014
Holiday Food

Nostalgia For Sharktooth Brings Us This Holiday Drink: Hot Dr. Pepper

Everything you need to make hot Dr. Pepper
Jim Hill KUNC

Do you remember Sharktooth Ski Area? It's a defunct small ski hill located on the Colorado plains between Greeley and Windsor. Turns out a lot of people have fond memories – learning to ski, tubing down the hill and drinking hot Dr. Pepper after a run.

Wait, hot Dr. Pepper?

For most of us, hot chocolate is the go-to beverage for winter activities. But warmed-up soda? It got us wondering, was it something unique to Sharktooth, or was it something more widespread?

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5:00am

Wed December 17, 2014
Hidden Colorado

'World's Smallest Ski Resort' Once Lived Outside Of Greeley

Sharktooth as it appears now, seen from the nearby Poudre Trail.
Jim Hill KUNC

Colorado is known worldwide for incredible skiing on its magnificent mountains… but the resort experience also comes with long lines and uber-expensive lift tickets. Back in the 1970s you could have simply headed to Greeley.

Instead of dodging moguls, you could have been dodging tumbleweeds at Sharktooth Ski Area – located on the plains east of the Rockies, perched atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the Poudre River.

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5:00am

Wed December 10, 2014
Business

Proposed NOCO Econ Alliance Ruffles Existing Biz Groups

Northern Colorado will soon have a third organization working to attract new employers to the region
David Shankbone Creative Commons/Flickr

A proposed new group aimed at touting the business benefits of Northern Colorado is creating some waves, even though it hasn't officially launched yet. The Northern Colorado Economic Alliance would take a regional approach to attracting employers to an area that would include both Weld and Larimer counties, though its focus could extend as far south as Longmont (which straddles Weld and Boulder counties) and as far north as Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The problem? Northern Colorado already has two economic development organizations.

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