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.

UAB Unveils Completely Solar-Powered House for Upcoming Competition
06-15-2017

The project is part of the 2017 Solar Decathlon competition taking place in Denver this October. UAB is competing against 12 other teams from around the world to see which team can build the best, completely solar-powered, full-size home.

Alabama Receives Best Ever Report on Overall Child Well-Being
06-13-2017

Alabama improved last year in 11 of 16 indicators used to measure overall child well-being, according to the national Kids Count Data Book released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Business Community Concerned about I-20/59 Bridge Project
06-12-2017

The I-20/59 bridge replacement project has Birmingham’s business community concerned as investors and developers work to revitalize the area in and around downtown. We talk more about that in this week’s Magic City Marketplace.

Changes to Mayor-Council Act Deepening Rift at Birmingham City Hall
06-8-2017

Weld investigates changes to the Mayor-Council Act and what Mayor William Bell is doing with his new authority.

Mayor Bell Takes Interest in Delinquent Water Works Customers
06-8-2017

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald talks about why all of a sudden Mayor William Bell is voicing concern about the Birmingham Water Works’ decision to start cutting off service to customers who are behind on their bills.

A Very Sordid Wedding Mirrors Familiar Same-Sex Themes
05-24-2017

The sequel to Del Shores’ cult film and TV series Sordid Lives debuts in Birmingham Thursday.

The Great Gun Rights Divide in Alabama
05-18-2017

A look at gun rights and ownership in Alabama following the death of a bill in the 2017 legislative session that would’ve made the concealed carry permit optional.

Writer Clair McLafferty on Cocktails and the Art of Bartending
05-17-2017

Cocktail writer Clair McLafferty talks to WBHM about her new book, The Classic and Craft Cocktail Recipe Book, and about what makes a person a good bartender.

Tank and the Bangas, NPR’s Tiny Desk Winners, Coming to Birmingham
05-12-2017

Tank and the Bangas won NPR’s Tiny Desk contest. The New Orleans-based group was chosen unanimously by judges from roughly 6,000 entries. The group is bringing their spirited, high-energy show to Birmingham Saturday and they spoke to WBHM’s Esther Ciammachilli ahead of their gig.

First Public Charter School Approved for Birmingham
05-11-2017

The Alabama Public Charter School Commission voted this month to approve a request to open STAR Academy, which will be the state’s first public charter school and will open in Birmingham. Charter schools are a contentious subject, with both opponents and supporters both citing statistics supporting their opinions.