Esther Ciammachilli

Esther Ciammachilli

Host/Reporter



If you’re reading this then you now know how to spell Esther’s last name. That's the most asked question she’s received since she joined WBHM in 2015. (It's Italian​, if you're wondering.)

Esther came to Birmingham from Reno Public Radio in Reno, Nevada, where she was the host of All Things Considered and a reporter, but wore many other hats. She spent a decade as a singer/actress in Las Vegas before returning to school to get her degree. As she tells it, she got tired of singing for her supper. She’s a graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, with no position on Alabama football.

You can hear Esther in the afternoons on WBHM as the host of All Things Considered, as well as in her stories about the people and places around Birmingham and North Central Alabama. Her background in the arts fuels her passion for arts and culture stories, but she doesn't shy away from hard news issues.

When she’s not on the airwaves at WBHM, Esther enjoys spending time with her family, eating at Alabama’s delicious restaurants, and hiking or going to the gym to work it all off.

Gas Flowing Through Pipeline Again, Environmental Groups Following Cleanup
09-21-2016

Gasoline is flowing once again through a pipeline that carries fuel to several southeastern states. But, it could still be several days until fuel delivery is back to normal. Crews worked day and night for nearly two weeks constructing a 500-foot bypass off a broken gas pipeline. Officials with Colonial Pipeline – the company that […]

Gas Leak Cleanup Going Well, Bentley Says
09-19-2016

Colonial Pipeline, the company that owns and operates the gas pipeline, has deployed roughly 700 people to clean up about 300,000 gallons of gas. It spilled into a pond near Helena.

A Paralympian Cyclist Gears Up For Rio
09-2-2016

Nearly 300 Americans are heading to Rio de Janiero to compete in the Paralympics that begin Sept. 7. For Jennifer Schuble, it’s her third time and the cyclist hopes to win gold yet again.

Paralympic Athlete Josh Roberts Going for Gold in Rio
08-31-2016

Most of us expect to sweat when we get hot, but imagine if you couldn’t? This condition affects many people with spinal cord injuries – like Roberts.

What it’s Like Being “Out in Alabama”
08-26-2016

Alabama native and 31-year-old Joshua Glenn talks about his role in the film and its significance to the LGBT people in Birmingham and the South.

Cursive Law Writes New Chapter For Handwriting In Alabama’s Schools
08-26-2016

Schools in Alabama were already required to teach cursive writing, but a new law now requires schools to provide cursive instruction by the end of the third grade, and report proficiency levels.

How to Avoid Being the Victim of Violent Crime
08-25-2016

Recent studies show that violent crime is on the rise in America, and 2016 homicide numbers in Birmingham are on pace with last year, the highest number of homicides the city has seen since 2008. But does this mean you have a higher chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime?

Birmingham’s Comprehensive Plan: Four Years After the Launch
08-18-2016

Some feel Birmingham residents are worse off now than they were before the Comprehensive Plan was implemented.

UAB Launching New Solar Energy System
08-18-2016

The $122,000 project atop the Campus Recreation Center is part of a larger plan at UAB to use buildings as incubators for new sustainable technology.

What’s Ailing Birmingham’s Public Transportation Industry?
08-15-2016

There are several transformative projects many feel have lost momentum. We start this week’s Magic City Marketplace asking, “Where do we go from here?