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!




Mon March 28, 2011

Boulder, Fort Collins Score High in Survey of Wellbeing

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Boulder and Fort Collins have topped another list this year -- this one focusing on the topic of overall wellbeing. 

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Fri March 25, 2011

Jobs Added, but Unemployment Still Reaches New High

CO Division of Housing

Colorado’s unemployment rate has hit its highest level in 35 years, and officials say part of the reason may be the strengthening U. S. labor market.

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Thu March 24, 2011
Craft brewing

Craft Beer Industry Brews Success in 2010

Bottle line at Crabtree Brewing in Greeley
Crabtree Brewing

As the state legislature considers changing the rules on where full-strength beer can be sold in Colorado, new data shows the craft brewing industry is thriving in the state and nationally.

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Thu March 24, 2011

Oil and Water Don't Mix at Proposed Weld County Reservoir Site

More than 30 oil and gas wells are either actively drilling or have been permitted on the site of the proposed Galeton Reservoir in Weld County.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Northern Colorado Business Report publisher Jeff Nuttall about the potential effect of the overlap on the long-awaited NISP water project.




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Tue March 22, 2011

Bill Gives Colorado Health Exchange a Head Start

Creative Commons

A proposed health care exchange that aims to lower health insurance costs in Colorado is getting a boost at the state capitol, as Democrats and Republicans say they’ve agreed on creating one. 

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