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 August 11, 2011

Colorado Foreclosures Continue Downward Trend

CO Division of Housing

New data from the Colorado Division of Housing shows foreclosure filings and sales at auction dropped significantly in the first half of the year.

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Thu August 11, 2011

Downtown Ft. Collins Hotel Project on Hold

A hotel and conference center apparently won’t be built in downtown Fort Collins -- at least not with city support -- anytime soon. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Northern Colorado Business Report publisher Jeff Nuttall about what this may mean for the city’s economic development efforts.

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Wed August 10, 2011
Brewing Industry

"Mountain Brew" Profiles Colorado's Breweries, Large and Small

courtesy of History

Colorado is home to a thriving culture of breweries – from large companies such as Molson-Coors in Golden, to small, homegrown operations like Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora. For two years,  journalist and beer enthusiast Ed Sealover, traveled the state visiting more than 100 breweries. He’s now released Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries. 

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Mon August 8, 2011

Stock Market Troubles Likely to Impact Northern Colorado Economy

Creative Commons

Economists say fallout from the struggling stock market is likely to delay the sluggish recovery in many states, including Colorado.

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Fri August 5, 2011
Marijuana Policy

One Marijuana Legalization Effort Gets Underway This Week

LancerenoK Flickr

A retired Denver police officer has joined one effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado.  A coalition began gathering signatures this week to put the issue before Colorado voters next year.

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