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!




Thu May 12, 2011

Impact of Proposed Federal Medicaid Cuts

Neff Conner Creative Commons

A new report finds that several proposals to cut back Medicaid, including the House Republican budget plan passed last month – would leave up to 44 million more low-income people without health insurance. 

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Thu May 12, 2011
Business Report

Conference Move Could Bring Millions to CU

A new television contract for the Pac-12 conference promises millions of dollars in new revenue for the University of Colorado.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about the financial windfall awaiting CU athletics.

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Tue May 10, 2011

Counties Prepare for Potential Flooding as Snow Melts

Rocky Mountains
photo by Robin Kanouse Flickr

Record snow levels in parts of Colorado have many county emergency officials bracing for potential flooding as temperatures warm across the state. 

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Thu May 5, 2011

Foreclosures Drop Dramatically in Front Range Counties

CO Division of Housing

Foreclosures in Colorado have fallen to their lowest levels in more than two years.  But not all regions are seeing improvement.

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Thu May 5, 2011
Business & Technology

Northern Colorado Anticipates Research and Technology Boom

Whether or not Loveland closes the deal on a multimillion-dollar aerospace and clean-energy park, Northern Colorado will be part of the coming expansion in research and technology advancement.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Northern Colorado Business Report publisher Jeff Nuttall about how that’s going happen.

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