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!




Thu March 27, 2014

Boulder Entrepeneur Betting That Drone Use Will Take Off

One of the drones manufactured by Multirotor service-drone
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Wed March 26, 2014

Colorado Is No Poster Child For Perfect Health

Colorado may be a mecca for outdoor activity, but the state still has room to improve when it comes to health
Tyler Hitchcock Creative Commons/Flickr

Coloradans famously enjoy a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking and biking to rafting, rock climbing, and skiing. Despite being healthier than almost every other state, Colorado still has room to improve – especially when it comes to children’s well-being.

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Thu March 13, 2014
Colorado Flood

Fires And Floods Crimp Northern Colorado Outdoor Recreation

Deep ruts along the Young Gulch Trail in the Roosevelt National Forest; Nov. 19, 2013.
U.S. Forest Service

Colorado’s historic floods, coupled with the 2012 wildfires, were especially punishing for many Northern Colorado recreation areas. Six months after the water receded, officials with the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest are still working to gauge the extent of the damage.

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Mon March 10, 2014
Colorado Flood

Six Months Later, Flood Still Impacts Big Elk Meadows

September's floods devastated Big Elk Meadows
David Evertson

Six months after September's floods devastated much of the Front Range, many areas hit hard have mostly returned to normal. That's not the case everywhere. For residents of Big Elk Meadows, getting back home has been a slow process.

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Wed March 5, 2014
Government Shutdown

Report Measures The Cost Of Government Shutdown On Parks

Mummy Range, Rocky Mountain National Park
by Mark Jarvis Flickr/Creative Commons