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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11:44am

Mon April 9, 2012
Colorado Brewing

New Belgium Picks Asheville as Site for New Brewery

photo by Betsy Weber Creative Commons/Flickr

The craft brewing industry says the recently-announced expansion of New Belgium Brewing into North Carolina is a sign the market for craft beer remains strong.

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3:54pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Environment

Continued Warm, Dry Weather Has CO Water Managers Vigilant

Drought in Colorado
Carlye Calvin courtesy of University Center for Atmospheric Research

This week we’ve been reporting on March’s record hot, dry weather – and now we’ve learned the state’s snowpack declined by as much as 30% last month. Perhaps a more alarming figure is the fact that 98% of the state is currently in some level of drought.

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12:33pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Health & Education

The Importance of Place: New 'Kids Count' Report Finds Location Matters

Child well-being varies widely from county to county in Colorado, according to a new report from a statewide children’s advocacy group. And the study suggests a child’s future opportunities depend a lot on where he or she lives.

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4:56pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Snowpack

Northern Co. Snowpack Losing Ground in March

Snow in Colorado's Rocky Mountains
courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Creative Commons/Flickr

The recent stretch of warm, sunny weather in northern Colorado is taking a toll on the state’s already lagging snowpack.  Despite modest gains from several February storms, forecasters say the snowpack is shrinking with each warm day.

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2:35pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Housing

Using Seasonal Data to Predict Colorado Foreclosures in 2012

Creative Commons/Flickr

The latest report from foreclosure monitoring firm Realty Trac shows nationwide, overall foreclosure activity dipped slightly in February.  And the trend is similar in Colorado, with foreclosure auctions down by almost 7%.

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