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 March 19, 2012

Conference to Highlight Growth in Colorado's Mining Industry

The Colorado Mining Association kicks off a three-day conference in Denver Monday. The 114th National Western Mining Conference and Exhibition is expected to highlight the industry’s role in the state’s economy.

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Wed March 14, 2012

Colorado Foreclosures Up Slightly

Foreclosure filings in Colorado inched up in February. But state housing officials aren’t sounding the alarm over the uptick just yet.

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Tue March 13, 2012

Health Science Academy in Greeley Set to Expand

High school students in Greeley planning on becoming nurses, doctors and medical technicians will soon have more training opportunities thanks to a new partnership. North Colorado Medical Center and Banner Health have each pledged $150,000 to fund a $300,000 expansion of a healthcare education program at Greeley Central High School.

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Mon March 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

Brevity is the Soul of Fic: NPR Kicks Off Round 8 of Three-Minute Fiction

William Warby Creative Commons/Flickr

This weekend, NPR launched the latest round of its innovative writing contest Three-Minute Fiction. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole spoke with Weekend All Things Considered host and contest creator Guy Raz about Three-Minute Fiction’s evolution and its enduring popularity – something he says he never anticipated...

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Fri March 2, 2012

The High Cost of Avalanche Rescue

Heavy snow over Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming
courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory Creative Commons/Flickr

Authorities are seeking more funding for avalanche rescues following a rash of incidents in Colorado this season. During times of high avalanche danger, the costs of rescue can easily overwhelm county budgets.

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