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.

California Dreamin’ With a Heart of Dixie: Writer Charlie Wyatt
10-12-2017

The Birmingham native has lived in San Diego, California, since the 1960s, but his soul stayed in the South. Wyatt began writing short stories a few years ago, releasing a little bit of that Southern soul in the process.

Graham Boettcher’s Mission: Breaking Down the Ivory Tower
09-28-2017

Graham Boettcher came to Birmingham just over a decade ago and says he’s seen vast changes in the city’s art scene and culture.

Denver or Bust! UAB Solar House Heads to the Rockies for Competition
09-25-2017

After a little blood spilled, a lot of sweat poured and a few tears were shed, a team of UAB students, faculty, staff and alumni is in Denver to compete in the 2017 Solar Decathlon.

Why We Support WBHM: Jennifer and Leigh Anne Precise
09-9-2017

Jennifer Precise: “I was an NPR backseat baby and raised my daughter [Leigh Anne] to be an NPR backseat baby.” Leigh Anne Precise: “I think the earliest memory I have is on Sunday mornings. I think it was Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me. And I would just hear it and I would just sit in the […]

Why I Support WBHM: Brent Womble
09-9-2017

“My name is Brent Womble. I support WBHM and I listen to it all day, every day.” “I started listening to WBHM either 2013 or 2014, and I decided to become a member in the fall fund drive of last year.” “You know, something that’s said a lot on the air during the fund drive […]

Why I Support WBHM: Josh Rutsky
09-9-2017

“My name is Josh Rutsky. I am the coach of the Hoover High School Quiz Bowl team and I have been a member of WBHM for one year now.” “When one of my students on the high school quiz bowl team that I coach asked me, ‘Well how do you study current events? How do […]

Why I Support WBHM: Karen Sweeney
09-9-2017

“I love that I can turn WBHM on every morning. I hear the news talked about in a rational, thoughtful, logical, well-researched way. It’s just the opposite of click bate and fake news that we’re so inundated with now.” “One of my favorite shows is Radiolab, and they recently did a piece on technology that’s […]

Heading Into the Path of the Storm
09-8-2017

As many people flee Hurricane Irma, some are heading right into its path. Irma is barreling towards Florida and is expected to make landfall tomorrow. David Goodwin, with the American Red Cross in Birmingham, headed to Florida to help.

All Together Now! Alabamians Try for World’s Largest Rock Band
08-25-2017

The Auburn group tried last year to break this record. A total of 850 people participated in that effort. Unbeknownst to them, a group in China outdid them with a 953-member rock band.

In Birmingham, Debate Over Confederate Monuments Renewed After Charlottesville
08-18-2017

Birmingham has a complicated relationship with racism. Some of the most notable events from the Civil Rights era took place in the city. Now, there’s renewed debate about the fate of the city’s Confederate monuments.