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.

Why We Support WBHM: The Xulu Family
04-4-2017

WBHM NPR News. Oh, my goodness. They give you stories around the world. And some of them are so inspirational. Whether you’re interviewing people on the street in Brazil or what’s happening in Africa. My husband is from South Africa. It’s just a world perspective and it’s made our family a global family.”

Bills Could Make it Harder for Gay Couples to Adopt
03-31-2017

The pending bills currently before the Alabama Legislature would give faith-based adoption agencies the right to turn away couples they believe conflict with their religious beliefs.

BJCTA’s New Fleet Offers Cheap Downtown-to-Southside Route
03-30-2017

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority announced last week its new Magic City Connector fleet of buses. BJCTA says the fleet will connect Downtown with Southside and should make public transportation along the 20th St. corridor a lot smoother.

Potential Cuts to EPA Funding Threaten Alabama’s Natural Resources
03-23-2017

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget calls for huge cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. The Trump administration wants to reduce EPA funding from about $8 billion to about $5 billion. The budget would also slash the agency’s workforce by about 20 percent.

The Truth About Cats and Dogs from Allison Black Cornelius
03-23-2017

Allison Black Cornelius has been helping others her entire adult life. She spearheaded the passage of Megan’s Law, the country’s first sex offender registry. She later founded a consulting company that helps non-profits. Now she heads the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

Attorney Advertising is Big Business in Alabama
03-17-2017

It seems you can’t turn a corner in Alabama without seeing a billboard advertising for a personal injury lawyer. The practice has proven to be a lucrative business builder, but it also carries a professional stigma.

Suspected Bird Flu Poses No Risk to Food Supply, Officials Say
03-15-2017

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Department issued a stop movement order on select poultry after three suspected cases of bird flu were discovered recently.

Jefferson County School Leaders Relieved After School Taxes Renewed
03-9-2017

Education officials in Jefferson County are breathing a sigh of relief after voters approved the renewal of a property tax Tuesday that will provide about $100 million dollars for the county’s 12 public education systems.

Life After Hate: Leaving the White Supremacist Movement
02-27-2017

Angela King was a neo-Nazi in her home state of Florida for eight years. After the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, King started to question how far she was willing to go for her white supremacist beliefs. She tried to leave the group, but failed.

Congressman Gary Palmer Holds Town Hall Despite Recent Protests
02-27-2017

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer fielded questions from constituents at a town hall in Hoover Saturday. Palmer’s visit follows a slew of contentious public meetings involving members of Congress and their constituents. Residents flooded the entrance to Hoover City Hall waiting to meet with Palmer. Some members of Congress are refusing to hold town halls after […]