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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2:37pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Education

CU Boulder to Undergrads: Please Forgo Bringing Guns to Dorms

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  • Erin O'Toole Interviews CU Spokesman Bronson Hilliard on All Things Considered

As students prepare to move into residence halls next week, the University of Colorado Boulder is asking undergraduate students to leave their handguns behind.

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4:00pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Education

Education Reform: Schools Can't Do it Alone

Screencap from Jamie Vollmer's video presentation of The Blueberry Story
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  • Education author Jamie Vollmer discusses why America's schools need to change, and why community engagement is essential to the process.

Many people believe that American schools are failing, but there’s very little consensus on why – or how to fix the problem.

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5:00am

Wed August 8, 2012
Education

New Health Science Academy Opens Doors in Greeley

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A new healthcare education program based at Greeley Central High School is set to open its doors for the start of the new school year.

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5:00am

Tue August 7, 2012
Arts & Culture

Living History: High Plains Chautauqua

Tillie Newman portrays Mother Jones Friday evening
High Plains Chautauqua

The High Plains Chautauqua is a unique blend of history, theater, and the humanities. It’s part of a long-running tradition that President Theodore Roosevelt once called ‘the most American thing in America.’

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12:59pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Fire Restrictions

Rainfall Prompts Easing of Some Fire Restrictions

A firefighter mops up on ARP land following the High Park Fire
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Recent rainfall along the Front Range and central mountains has reduced the fire danger enough that U.S. Forest Service officials are lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and for the Pawnee National Grassland. That includes some of the forests burned by the High Park fire.

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