Gigi Douban

Gigi Douban

News Director



Gigi Douban has reported for public radio since 2006. She’s filed stories for WBHM, NPR, Studio 360, and Public Radio International’s The World. Most recently, Gigi reported for Marketplace, bringing the country stories about toxic landfills, debtors prisons, and lighter fare, like why urinals are ubiquitous in public bathrooms, but not in homes. She's also written for Bloomberg News and Runner’s World, and on occasion, actually runs.

Hoover Grapples with Unrest as Questions Remain Around Mall Shooting
12-10-2018

Eighteen days after a young black man was shot and killed by a Hoover police officer at a busy mall, many unanswered questions remain. For more on why so little is known, WBHM’s Gigi Douban spoke with Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato and City Manager Allan Rice about the aftermath of the shooting, including the investigation, claims that city police are racist, and the healing process ahead.

What’s Next in UAB Football’s Extraordinary Comeback
12-4-2018

The UAB Blazers football team is on a roll. And commentators call it one of the biggest comeback stories of our time. Can the team keep it up and keep their coach?

Shooting at The Galleria Leaves One Dead
11-23-2018

A shooting at the Riverchase Galleria mall on Thanksgiving night left the gunman dead and at least two wounded on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Airline Lost Your Luggage? Here’s Where it Lands.
11-21-2018

Airlines don’t lose passenger luggage often. But it happens enough to keep the Unclaimed Baggage Center in business. That’s a private company in Scottsboro that sells lost bags that aren’t claimed for 90 days .

A Top State Corruption Fighter Resigns. Now What?
11-20-2018

He was a bulldog and an outspoken defender of ethics in state politics. As deputy attorney general, Matt Hart indicted several state and local leaders on corruption charges. Now Hart is out of a job. Attorney General Steve Marshall has already appointed Hart’s replacement. What does this mean for the state’s efforts to keep corrupt politicians in check?

Pelicans Will Bring NBA Affiliate Team to Birmingham
10-24-2018

Birmingham is getting a pro basketball team. The NBA Pelicans are bringing a minor league affiliate, and they’ll play at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

Computer Outage at DMVs Presented Obstacles for Some Voters
10-19-2018

A statewide DMV computer outage Thursday morning prohibited some residents from updating their driver’s licenses just days ahead of Monday’s voter registration deadline. But it’s unclear how many were affected.

Alabama Primary Runoff Election Wrap-Up
07-17-2018

Alabama Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall defeated former Attorney General Troy King in Tuesday’s primary runoffs. State Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh lost her bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor to state Rep. Will Ainsworth. Here’s your election results roundup.

Data Center Announced for North Titusville Land
07-10-2018

A major data center is coming to downtown Birmingham. Atlanta-based DC BLOX announced it will build what it is calling a technology and innovation campus at the former Trinity Steel site. The development has the potential to invest $785 million over 10 years.

Birmingham Rallies Against Trump’s Immigration Policy
06-30-2018

Demonstrators in Birmingham gathered at Kelly Ingram Park to speak out against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.