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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10:29am

Tue May 8, 2012
Arts & Culture

Oskar Blues Hopes to Brew Success on the East Coast

Oskar Blues delivery truck
Daquella manera Creative Commons/Flickr

We’re just a few days into May, but it’s already shaping up to be a busy month for Colorado craft beer. Last week Longmont-based Oskar Blues announced that it would be opening its first facility outside Colorado, with plans to open a new location in Brevard, North Carolina.

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1:06pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Environment

Heads Up, Hikers: Winds Continue to Topple Trees

courtesy of Sulphur Ranger District Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest

Falling trees have been an issue in Colorado forests since the mountain pine beetle epidemic hit. But now forest officials are concerned because it’s not only beetle-killed trees coming down.

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11:11am

Mon April 30, 2012
Agriculture

Colorado Ag Exports Starting Off Strong for 2012

Free range cows
photo by elenm1 Creative Commons/Flickr

Colorado’s agricultural exports are continuing to grow in the first two months of the year. Compared to the first two months of 2011, Colorado’s ag exports this year are up 25%, at roughly $222 million overall.

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1:18pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Miller Moth Migration

It's Miller Time! Moths Driving Colorado Buggy

Daniel Johnson Creative Commons/Flickr

The mild winter has brought the much-reviled miller moths back to the Front Range earlier than usual. The six- to eight-week annual migration typically doesn’t begin until well into May – but the population has exploded because of the hot, dry spring this year.

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2:52pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Wilderness

Frozen Cows Present a Conundrum for Forest Service

Infinity pool at Conundrum Hot Springs
Chris Bartle Creative Commons/Flickr

The U.S. Forest Service is considering using explosives to dispose of a half-dozen frozen cows that died after getting stuck inside a cabin about nine miles from Aspen.

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