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!




Tue February 28, 2012

Report: National Parks Good for Colorado Economy, Jobs

A new report from the National Park Service shows that visitors spent more than $306 million in and around Colorado’s national parks in 2010.

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Mon February 27, 2012

Voter Registration Mailer Missing Needed Info

The Colorado Secretary of State's office is warning residents about a voter registration mailing that went out this week from the Voter Participation Center.

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Thu February 16, 2012

Co. Foreclosures Slide to Five-year Low

CO Division of Housing

Foreclosure activity in Colorado hit a five-year low during the first month of this year—although state officials say the housing market is not out of the woods yet.

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Tue February 14, 2012

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Unveils 'Stable' Budget for 2013

U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Agriculture officials say the President’s proposed budget for the USDA next year will be similar to this year’s. Although the overall budget has been cut by $3 billion since 2010, funding for several programs that have helped boost agriculture production and export in Colorado and across the country will likely continue or increase.

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Wed February 8, 2012

Co. Lawmakers Fight to Save Expiring Wind Energy Tax Credit

Courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems

Eight members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation are calling on Congress to save a federal tax credit for the wind industry. The bipartisan group delivered a letter ahead of a committee meeting on Tuesday.

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