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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7:45am

Sat October 20, 2012
Environment

Greeley Residents Save 96 Million Gallons Of Water

Muhammad Mahdi Karim Wikimedia Commons

Following a summer of wildfires and drought, Greeley city officials asked homeowners to voluntarily stop watering their lawns Oct. 1, two weeks earlier than normal, to conserve water for next year. In just two weeks, residents saved roughly 96 million gallons of water, or enough to supply 640 homes for a year.

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12:44pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Education

CSU Researcher Wants to Make Life Better for Dogs with Music

Leo finds the music of J.S. Bach soothing
orsorama Creative Commons/Flickr

"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast," as the oft-misquoted saying goes… but when it comes to soothing four-legged 'beasts,' it matters what kind of music you play.

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5:29am

Thu October 18, 2012

10:18am

Tue October 16, 2012
Ski Resorts

Colorado Ski Resorts See Slight Uptick in Winter Bookings

Casey Day Arapahoe Basin

Despite coming off a bad snow year, an early look at winter reservations in Summit County suggests the possibility of a strong ski season ahead.

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10:57am

Mon October 15, 2012
Wildfires

Oct 15: Rocky Mountain National Park's Fern Lake Fire 30% Contained

Smoke seen from the far side of Beaver Mountain
Norm Rooker PIO2 (t) National Park Service

Light rain and snow this weekend over Colorado’s high country wasn’t enough to extinguish a wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park, but it did help firefighters get a handle on the blaze.

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