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!




Sun February 13, 2011

KUNC's Government and You Series

Creative Commons

Budget cuts at the State Capitol this year are going to impact everyone. KUNC's Erin O'Toole speaks with KUNC News Director Brian Larson about our newly launched "Government and You" series.


Thu February 10, 2011

New Foreclosures Down in 2010, but Completed Foreclosures Up

Foreclosure listing service Realtytrac says fewer homes entered the foreclosure process in January than any other month in more than three years.  And a new report from the state Division of Housing shows new foreclosure filings in Colorado appear to be following the same downward trend.

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Wed February 9, 2011

Subsidies for Clean Energy Lag Behind Traditional Energy Sources

Solar Farm in the San Luis Valley
Kirk Siegler

Clean energy businesses are continuing to boom in states like Colorado despite the tough economic climate due in part to federal stimulus money that the industry says has helped add jobs and spur interest in renewable energy development.  But subsidies for clean energy continue to lag behind other traditional energy sources like coal and gas. 

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Tue February 8, 2011
Hospital Fee

Lawmakers to Consider Repeal of Colorado's Hospital Provider Fee

Craig Hospital in Englewood
Jeffrey Beall

A bill that aims to repeal Colorado’s hospital provider fee has a hearing before the House Health and Environment Committee Thursday.  But supporters argue the legislation has been a win-win for both hospitals and the uninsured.

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Mon February 7, 2011

Bill Seeks to Extend Civil Rights Protections to Small Businesses

Colorado has a number of laws on the books protecting employees from workplace discrimination, but the laws often lack enforcement provisions.  

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