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!




Sat June 30, 2012

Bellvue Mail Service Affected by High Park Fire Resumes

The High Park Fire from Bellvue. Photo taken June 11, 2012
Kirk Siegler KUNC

Besides the horrific destruction of property, the High Park Fire also impacted mail delivery for many living in the fire zone.

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Fri June 29, 2012

Help For the Yampa: Lease Could Boost River Flows this Summer

Yampa River in 2009
cm19590 Creative Commons/Flickr
  • Amy Beatie, Executive Director of the Colorado Water Trust, on the agreement to boost stream flows for the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs this summer.

An agreement among conservation groups and water agencies may soon boost anemic stream flows along the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs.

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Tue June 26, 2012

Investigators Determine Cause of Estes Park Fire

Woodland Heights fire
T. Alan Hill Used with permission

Larimer County officials say they have determined the cause of the Woodland Heights fire. The Estes Park Trail Gazette reports that investigators believe a power line rubbing against a tree during gusty winds caused the blaze, which is now fully contained.

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Thu June 21, 2012
Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions Tighten as Extreme Fire Danger Continues

Campfires aren't permitted under Stage II fire restrictions
Dawn Huczek Creative Commons/Flickr

Amid high fire danger and continued hot, dry weather, some Colorado communities are enhancing their fire restrictions this week.

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Tue June 19, 2012

Fireworks: You Can Buy Them, Just Don't Light Them

Stephen Bradley and others with Bradley Fireworks, setting up for business in Greeley.
Erin O'Toole KUNC

In the days leading up to the fourth of July, authorities across Colorado say they’ll be working hard to enforce a ban on the private use of fireworks. Governor John Hickenlooper issued a statewide fire ban last week [.pdf]  including the personal use of most fireworks because of the extreme fire danger.

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