Esther Ciammachilli

Esther Ciammachilli


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.

Blazers’ Punter Comes From a Land Down Under

UAB’s punter is from Australia, he’s older than the average recruit and he loves Vegemite.

Seven-Year-Old Golf Prodigy Drives Hard Toward Success

Little Jerrell Anthony has been playing golf since he was two years-old. Now, at age seven, he competes against, and often beats kids twice his age.

Residents Worry About More Vacancies at Brookwood Mall

Belk announced last week it will close its store at Brookwood Village Mall. Homewood residents are now wondering what’s next?

Birmingham Weekly Newspaper Halts Publishing

Weld general manager, Heather Milam Nikolich, tells WBHM’s Esther Ciammachilli the move is temporary.

Charlemagne Records Celebrates 40 Years

The Birmingham institution has endured several music format changes from cassette tapes to online streaming. WBHM’s Esther Ciammachilli popped in to Charlemagne to see what this little shop has done to stay afloat during a time when record stores have almost disappeared.

Trump Administration Cuts Funding to Anti-White-Supremacy Group

A group that helps people leave white supremacist organizations recently lost a huge federal grant. Officials with Life After Hate say the news was upsetting but not surprising. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded a $400,000 grant awarded by the Obama Administration to Life After Hate. DHS is refocusing its efforts on combating terrorism, according […]

New Report: Lack of Regional Cooperation Hinders Birmingham’s Growth

Birmingham Business Journal’s Ty West talks about one of the biggest factors hindering Birmingham’s growth, a lack of regional cooperation.

Birmingham Officials Spend Hundreds of Thousands on Travel Annually

A review by the weekly newspaper Weld finds one Birmingham City Council member was responsible for nearly half of the council’s entire travel budget last fiscal year.

Is Robinson Indictment the Beginning of “Alabama’s Watergate?”

Alabama is currently waiting to see what happens next in the situation involving former state Rep. Oliver Robinson. He pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, tax evasion and wire fraud.’s John Archibald thinks there may be more indictments to come.

Humane Society Approved for New 27-acre Facility in Titusville

The Birmingham City Council Tuesday transferred ownership of the property in Titusville to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Despite overwhelming support from residents, some in the neighborhood voiced concerns about the move. Hear more from Nick Patterson of Weld.