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.

Birmingham Immigrant Communities on Edge Following Crackdown
02-23-2017

Raids in search of undocumented immigrants have yet to take place in Alabama, but many immigrant communities in the state fear it’s only a matter of time.

Morale Improved at Tutwiler After Reforms
02-21-2017

Following an investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice that found inmates at Tutwiler were victims of rampant sexual assault and physical abuse. The DOJ investigation also found the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) failed to hold staff accountable. ADOC was forced to overhaul operations and change administration at Tutwiler. Part of the reforms involved hiring staff, like Williams to ensure these changes are being made.

The Green Book and the Black-Jewish Relationship During Segregation
02-17-2017

The Green Book has been described as the Bible for black travelers in the mid-20th century. It featured black-friendly businesses like motels and restaurants where travelers could rest on long road trips. The book’s publisher actually took the idea from a similar book used by Jews.

Lawsuits Abound at Birmingham City Hall
02-16-2017

A proverbial cat was let out of a proverbial bag at this week’s Birmingham City Council meeting.

Rise in Anti-Minority Violence Appears Tied to Current Political Climate
02-9-2017

There’s been a dramatic rise in hate-related crimes and anti-minority violence in the last year. The Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham was evacuated on Jan. 9 following a bomb threat. That incident turned out to be one of dozens of bomb threats at Jewish community centers around the country that day. Groups that track […]

“Sanctuary City” Designation Could be Wishful Thinking for Birmingham City Officials
02-2-2017

The Birmingham City Council and other officials want to make Birmingham a sanctuary city. At a meeting this week, the council unanimously approved a resolution granting the designation, which has strong support from residents. Not long after the council’s vote, however, Governor Robert Bentley shot the move down.

New Report finds Black Veterans Targeted for Lynching in the South
01-31-2017

The Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative is building a memorial to lynching victims. The group estimates more than 4,000 African-Americans were lynched in the South between 1877-1950. Among those targeted were black veterans. These men returned from war abroad having experienced something unfamiliar to them, being treated with dignity and respect; something they didn’t receive at home in the U.S. Many black veterans challenged the racial hierarchy of the South and were seen as threats to white supremacy.

Noise Music and Birmingham’s Growing Local Music Scene
01-26-2017

When it comes to live, local music, Birmingham is still in it’s infancy. From The Spring Street Firehouse, Saturn and WorkPlay have emerged as creative spaces where the city’s many talented, local artists can perform and make a name for themselves.

Attorney General: Alabama Death Penalty Law “Constitutional”
01-23-2017

The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear arguments in a case involving Alabama’s death penalty sentencing scheme.