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!




Tue August 23, 2011

CDOT Tries New Method to Ease I-70 Backups

CO Department of Transportation

State transportation officials say an experiment using police cars to regulate traffic along Interstate 70 in the mountains has yielded ‘promising’ preliminary results.

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Mon August 22, 2011

Bike Race Campers Cautioned About Bears

CO Parks and Wildlife

As thousands of fans prepare to camp along state highways to watch the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado wildlife officials want to remind campers about possible conflicts with hungry bears.

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Fri August 19, 2011

Little Change in Colorado Unemployment for July

photo by kandyjaxx Flickr

Labor officials say Colorado employers added more than 3,000 net jobs last month.  But the gains still weren’t enough to change the state’s unemployment rate.

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Thu August 18, 2011

Anxiety Over Budget Cuts Concerning Colorado's Federal Labs

Pending federal budget cuts are causing some anxiety at federal laboratories in Colorado.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about possible impacts on federal labs in Boulder.

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Tue August 16, 2011
Farming & Business

Farmers Markets Grow Nationally, in Colorado

A scene from the Greeley farmers market
greeleygov . com

New figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that farmers markets are becoming more common across the country – and Colorado is among the top five states seeing growth over the past year. 

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