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 April 21, 2011

Solix BioSystems Still Embracing Algae's Potential

A few years ago, the concept of making alternative fuels from algae was all the rage.  But the idea seemed to fade quickly.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Northern Colorado Business Report publisher Jeff Nuttall about how one local company is repositioning itself in the algae-cultivation industry.


Mon April 18, 2011
Bear Hunts

Lawmakers Consider Repealing Ban on Spring Bear Hunt

Black bear in the woods
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Division of Wildlife

State lawmakers worried about the growing bear population are considering giving Colorado wildlife officials more say over when the animals can be hunted.

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Fri April 15, 2011
Craft Brewing

Rising Demand a Blessing and a Burden for Colorado Craft Brewers

Avery Brewing facilities in Boulder
Avery Brewing Company

Despite the ongoing economic recession squeezing business in the U. S., the craft beer industry is thriving.  And that’s turning out to be a good-news-bad news situation for several craft breweries in Colorado.

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Thu April 14, 2011

Colorado Braced for Extended Fire Season

Crews at Indian Gulch Fire near Golden
photo by Kirk Siegler

Following Thursday’s annual wildfire briefing, Governor John Hickenlooper says the state needs  to be prepared for an extended season of wildfire danger.

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Thu April 14, 2011
Small Business

Udall Hopes Third Time the Charm for Small Business Lending Bill

Credit unions have long pushed for greater flexibility in how much they can lend to small business.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about a proposal that would more than double credit unions’ business lending.