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Gigi Douban Chosen to Lead WBHM’s News Team

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Gigi Douban has been named news director for Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM.

Most recently, Douban reported extensively for Marketplace, and as an independent producer for public radio since 2006 her work has been heard on WBHM, NPR, Studio 360, and The World. She also writes for Bloomberg News and Runner’s World.

“I’m lucky to be joining a team that is as talented and passionate as the staff at WBHM. As news director, I look forward to building on the station’s tremendous successes and telling the stories that matter most to our community,” says Douban. “These are exciting times in journalism, and in public   radio, we’re poised to capture voices and conversations rarely heard elsewhere. I’m committed to finding new and innovative ways of bringing listeners the quality reporting they’ve come to expect from WBHM.”

Douban will oversee the activities of the WBHM news team. She will work extensively with on-air and online content, local, regional, and national content partners, and evolving technology.

“WBHM is very fortunate to have someone of Gigi’s professional caliber head our news department,” says WBHM program director Michael Krall. “We look forward to sharing more of North Central Alabama’s stories with our listeners under her leadership.”

Douban will begin as WBHM’s news director Dec. 1, 2016.

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 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 and on 104.7 in Ft. Payne. Listen and give online at and follow the station @WBHM on Twitter, on Facebook, and @WBHM903 on Instagram.