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!




Thu September 29, 2011
Biofuel grants

Colorado Companies Share in Aviation Biofuel Grants

U.S. Forest Service

Two Colorado companies are being awarded part of a larger federal grant to develop biofuels from trees.

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Thu September 29, 2011

Boulder Community Hospital Undertakes Expansion

Boulder Community Hospital has embarked on a $125 million, 10-year expansion plan. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about the project and what it will mean for health care in Boulder.

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Wed September 28, 2011

Sen. Udall Calls on Homebuilders to Use More Beetle-killed Wood

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is calling on homebuilders to use beetle-killed trees from Colorado forests to build homes – a move he says will boost forest health as well as the economy.

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Wed September 28, 2011

Greeley Nonprofit Aims to Help Low-Income Students Reach their Potential

photo by Medill DC Flickr

Public schools nationwide are operating with less money. In Colorado,  K-12 education took a $273 million dollar hit this budget year – and early forecasts indicate more cuts are likely next year.  Many educators think that in the future, nonprofits and public-private partnerships will play a greater role in student achievement.

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Mon September 26, 2011

Mountain Visitors Cautioned About Falling Tree Hazards

Colorado forest officials say visitors headed to the mountains to enjoy autumn’s changing colors need to be aware of dead lodgepole pines that are at risk of toppling. 

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