Desmond O'Boyle


I was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. We didn’t have a television in our house as a family, and I grew up listening to Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk. I started working in college radio at KMSA hosting a heavy metal program when I was 18. After earning my Associates at Mesa State, I relocated to the Pacific Northwest, and continued my education at the University of Oregon. (Go Ducks!) I earned my B.S. in Journalism in 2011.

I started interning at KLCC in Eugene in 2011, and worked there for five years as a Weekend Edition / All Things Considered Host and reporter.  I chose to re-locate to Colorado June, 2016 to be closer to my family. I started at KUNC in September, 2016. It is my goal to deliver solid, objective journalism to the people of Northern Colorado through my local reporting and NPR.

I also enjoy camping, skiing, and disc golf. I’ve been playing the Great Highland Bagpipe since I was 12. 

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Public lands are in the spotlight following the Trump administration’s decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah by 2 million acres. Both monuments included tribal land.

As the the 2018 Outdoor Retailers Summer Market gears up for its opening in Denver this July, tribal leaders have planned a summit — including the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, and NativesOutdoors — to discuss public lands management, outdoor recreation and new opportunities to collaborate.

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Colorado lags behind the nation when it comes to recycling. According to a new report, the state’s recycling rate is 12 percent, far below the national average of 34 percent.

“It’s America Recycles Day, but unfortunately Colorado is downright trashy,” said Danny Katz, director of the Colorado Public Interest Research Group. “We might think of ourselves as a green state, but on average, each Coloradan is putting seven pounds of trash a day in landfills.”

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A lot of parents may use a tablet, smartphone or other device to help their child get to sleep. What could be the harm in allowing a few minutes of playing a game or reading a picture book on a tablet? According to a sweeping review of research published in the journal Pediatrics, parents shouldn’t be in a hurry to get rid of paper books just yet.

Researchers have long documented that kids and teens who stare at their screens are more likely to experience sleep disruption.

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In 1977, NASA launched two space probes to explore deep space and expand our view of the solar system. 40 years later, Voyager 1 and 2 are still sending back images to the amazement of scientists -- including University of Colorado Boulder’s Fran Bagenal. She’s a professor at CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and

“It was completely nuts to see these new worlds for the first time,” says Bagenal. “And each time these new images would come up on the camera and you’d be going, ‘What are we seeing now?’”

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Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a team. While many are accusing the NFL of colluding against Kaepernick for his political beliefs -- highlighted when he took a knee during the national anthem last season -- two new studies suggest there may be more subtle forces at work.

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If you want to learn something about human history, DNA analysis can reveal a lot, including about migration patterns. Ancient humans moved around a lot; by studying their DNA, scientists can get an idea of where groups of people came from.

But when human DNA isn’t an option, where do scientists turn? For this group of researchers -- turkeys.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to know if having access to a mobile breathalyzer decreases a person's risk of getting another DUI.

“We know that about 40 percent of the DUI’s in Colorado involve people that had a previous DUI,” says Sam Cole, communications manager at CDOT. “The thought is that we can get these devices in their hands, they are much more knowledgeable about what their level of impairment is, and [it] may actually prevent them from driving drunk.”

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate today released a health plan meant to replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Colorado’s two senators, Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet have reacted.

Bennet criticized Republicans for crafting the bill behind closed doors.

"Instead of writing a bill in secret and rushing to pass it before an arbitrary deadline, we should work in a bipartisan and transparent way to provide more predictability, affordability and transparency to give Coloradans the health care system they deserve," said Bennet in a statement.


Since it established its orbit in 2004, Cassini has continued to thrill scientists -- and the public -- with images and data  of Saturn’s rings and atmosphere. One of the excited scientists is University of Colorado Boulder’s Larry Esposito.

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In the wake of two dogs testing positive for rabies, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wants pet owners and livestock owners to make sure their animals’ rabies shots are up to date.

The two dogs -- one in Yuma, one in Weld County -- had to be euthanized after showing symptoms of rabies. These were the first reported cases of rabies in Colorado dogs since 1974.