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!




Mon November 25, 2013
Outdoor Recreation

Boycott, Floods, and Shutdown Fail To Dissuade Colorado Hunters

Warren Brown Photography Creative Commons/Flickr

Despite a number of factors that could have derailed this year’s hunting season – including a boycott threatened over new gun restrictions – it appears Colorado is still popular with hunters.

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Thu November 21, 2013
Business Report

Colorado Newspapers Begin Embracing Online Paywalls

Erin O'Toole KUNC

Newspapers across the country are implementing online paywalls in an attempt to counter declining circulation. Now that trend is expanding along the Front Range in a big way.

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Wed November 20, 2013
Colorado Flood

For Some Flood Survivors, A Long Wait To Return Home

Little Deer stream, which would normally have little to no water, has cut the meadows in half. Sep. 13, 2013
Collin Isenhart

Thousands of people were displaced from their homes in September’s floods, including hundreds who were airlifted out of mountain towns cut off by the raging waters. For those evacuated from the secluded mountain community of Big Elk Meadows, it’s not clear when they will be able to go back home.

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Fri November 15, 2013

Colorado Floods Put Strain On Available Rental Housing Creative Commons

September’s floods have increased the pressure on an already-tight rental housing market along Colorado’s Front Range. Even before the disaster forced many displaced home owners to seek rental housing, apartments were scarce and rents have been rising for several years.

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Thu November 14, 2013
Business Report

Fort Collins Leads The Way In NoCo For Energy Efficient Building

A new LEED-certified duplex being built by Habitat for Humanity in Denver, Colo.
Jessica Reeder Creative Commons/Flickr