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 July 21, 2011
Boulder economy

Outdoor Industry a Driver of Boulder's Economy

The outdoor industry has become a driving force of Boulder’s economy, with a large cluster of companies producing products for sports and active living. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about recent efforts by other cities to lure away some of Boulder’s outdoor companies.

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Tue July 19, 2011
Poudre River

Inner Tubes, Small Rafts Allowed Back on Poudre River

by Kent Kanouse Flickr

As sweltering temperatures continue along the Front Range, Larimer County authorities have lifted restrictions barring the use of inner tubes on the Poudre River.

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Mon July 18, 2011
CO Republicans

GOP Pushes to Increase Number of Hispanic Candidates for State Offices

Republicans hope to recruit 100 Hispanic candidates for legislative seats across the nation in 2012, looking to deepen its bench of GOP officeholders.  And Colorado’s Republican Party is expecting to be part of the effort to recruit and support likely candidates.

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Fri July 15, 2011
Roadless Rule

Public Comment Period Closes for Colorado Roadless Rule

The U.S. Forest Service is expected to make a decision about Colorado’s Roadless Rule by the end of the year.  The final public comment period for the proposal wrapped up Thursday with nearly 55,000 responses from across the state.

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Thu July 14, 2011

Colorado's Innovation Economy a Bright Spot Amid Recession

Abound Solar is nearly doubling its office space at Centerra in Loveland, adding 50 new jobs by the end of the year. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Jeff Nuttall, publisher of the Northern Colorado Business Report, about this and other developments in the local innovation economy.

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