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 November 1, 2011

Applications Open for Low-income Energy Assistance Program

Just as the state braces for another blast of winter weather this week, low-income Coloradans can begin applying for assistance with their home heating bills Tuesday.  But with tougher eligibility requirements this year – many will be left in the cold.

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Fri October 21, 2011

Colorado Unemployment Rate Down, Despite Loss of Jobs

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Unemployment rates fell in 25 states last month, including in Colorado. That’s despite a slight decline in the number of nonfarm payroll jobs in the state.

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Thu October 20, 2011

Cutbacks to Heating Assistance for Low-Income Coloradans

Fewer low-income families in Colorado will qualify for help with their heating bills this winter. Uncertainty over the program’s federal funding is forcing the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program to cut back on its clients.

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Thu October 20, 2011

Loveland Close to Finalizing Deal With ACE Tech Park Developer

The Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology, along with the city of Loveland has selected Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Cumberland and Western Resources to be its partner in transforming the former Agilent Technologies site into the Aerospace and Clean Energy, or ACE, technology park. The city and the company are now in the final negotiating phase for setting up that collaboration.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Jeff Nuttall, publisher of the Northern Colorado Business Report, about this expected partner.

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Wed October 19, 2011

Udall Pushes to Ensure Flexibility in School Meal Programs

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An amendment that would give schools more flexibility in deciding what constitutes nutritious meals for children has been included in the agriculture appropriations bill. Colorado Senator Mark Udall offered the amendment after USDA officials proposed limits on starchy vegetables that schools can serve.

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