WBHM and Birmingham’s Gigi Douban Chosen for Political Reporting Partnership with NPR

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Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM and Birmingham reporter Gigi Douban have been chosen collectively as participants in NPR’s Political Reporting Partnership. Douban and WBHM, along with a group of sixteen reporters from other public radio stations across the country, will work closely with NPR to cover the 2016 election from a state and local perspective.

“With the addition of Gigi Douban to WBHM’s news team, we’ll be able to ensure Alabama is part of the national conversation in 2016,” said Rachel Osier Lindley, WBHM’s News Director.

Working with Lindley and NPR’s Local Partnership Editor, Brett Neely, Douban will find new and surprising political stories from Alabama.

“We’re extremely excited to work with WBHM to cover the 2016 election,” said Neely. “NPR’s Political Reporting Partnership with stations is designed to help the public radio system cover this election from the ground up. We are impressed with WBHM’s commitment to expand their political coverage and know they’ll be a great partner.”

A public radio reporter since 2006, Douban has reported stories for WBHM, NPR, Studio 360, and Public Radio International’s The World.  Most recently, Douban reported for Marketplace, bringing the country stories about toxic landfills, debtors prisons, and more serious matters, like why urinals are ubiquitous in public bathrooms, but not in homes. She also writes for Bloomberg News and Runner’s World.

“WBHM is delighted to join with NPR and other leading stations across the country in service of journalism and the public,” said WBHM’s General Manager Scott Hanley. “This is an exciting opportunity to expand and deepen our coverage for Alabama and the nation, sharing insights, perspectives and voices that deserve more attention.”

Douban will start reporting from WBHM in fall 2015.

About WBHM

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is “Your NPR News Station” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM programming and award-winning regional journalism also can be heard in North Central Alabama on WSGN 91.5 FM through a partnership with Gadsden State Community College. Listen and give at wbhm.org and follow the station on Twitter @WBHM and on Facebook.

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