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!

email: erin.otoole@kunc.org

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1:48pm

Tue March 8, 2011
Budget

Revenue Projection Errors Muddle States' Budget Plans

Creative Commons

A new report finds that when it comes to forecasting revenues needed to balance the budget, fewer states are getting it right.   And the mistakes have a tendency to multiply when economic times are bad.

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12:17pm

Thu March 3, 2011
Energy

Study Will Explore New, Green-Friendly Business Models for Utilities

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

As state utility regulators are deciding whether to allow Xcel Energy to drastically cut a rebate program for homeowners who install rooftop solar panels, a new project aims to study how renewable energy and conservation can be made more financially appealing to utility companies. 

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7:18am

Thu March 3, 2011
Business

Plans to Spruce Up The Hill in Boulder in the Works

A popular but long-neglected commercial district in Boulder is inching toward an overdue makeover.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about efforts to revitalize an area known as “the Hill.”

12:11pm

Mon February 28, 2011
Health

Bill to Create Naturopath Database in Colorado Set for Hearing in Legislature

Colorado legislators will hear testimony Tuesday about a bill that would regulate who can call themselves naturopathic doctors. It’s the twelfth time this bill has been proposed, and its supporters are hoping this will be the last.

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2:13pm

Thu February 24, 2011
Solar Energy

Rally Planned to Protest Xcel Energy’s Proposed Solar Cuts

Creative Commons

Xcel Energy is taking heat from the state's solar industry after last week's announcement that it plans to drastically cut back on a popular rebate program for consumers.

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