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 June 16, 2011

Low-Income Earners Struggle to Find Affordable Housing Creative Commons

State housing officials say it’s increasingly difficult for low-income wage earners to find affordable housing – because most rental units are priced outside of their means.

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Thu June 16, 2011
Business Report

Colorado Moves Ahead on Health Insurance Exchange

Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill earlier this month that sets the stage for the creation of Colorado’s own health insurance exchange.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Jeff Nuttall, publisher of the Northern Colorado Business Report, about the importance to residents and businesses.

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Tue June 14, 2011

So Far, Serious Flooding Averted in Northern Colorado

Colorado River Valley
Joe Futrelle Flickr

Larimer County officials are optimistic that spring runoff from this year’s record snow in parts of the state won’t turn into serious flooding for northern Colorado.

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Mon June 13, 2011

Proposed Subsidy Changes Could Help Colorado Farmers

Colorado cattle grazing
photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Federal legislation introduced last week could help level the playing field for small and mid-sized farmers in Colorado and other states.

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Tue June 7, 2011

Colorado Firefighters Tapped to Help with Arizona Blazes

Station 6 apparatus
courtesy of Red, White & Blue Fire District

A small group of firefighters from Summit County is headed to Arizona to help fight several wildfires raging in that state.

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