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.

Birmingham-Area Republicans Gather for Trump Reelection Watch Party
06-18-2019

Area Republicans gathered Tuesday night to watch President Trump’s televised rally in Florida launching his reelection campaign. Many there say they’ve already made up their minds no matter who else joins the race. They’ll support Trump.

Here’s What You Missed in the 2019 Legislative Session
06-3-2019

It was one of the busiest and most contentious legislative sessions in years. The near-total abortion ban passed by Alabama lawmakers overshadowed many other bills. What else happened?

Reading Proficiency, Equal Pay Among Bills Passed in Alabama Legislature
05-31-2019

Lawmakers approved a slew of bills this week, which is expected to be the last one of the 2019 session. Measures on equal pay and holding back third-graders who don’t read proficiently were among those passed in the push toward the session’s end.

Lawmakers Pass a Restrictive Abortion Ban as Time Runs Out in the Session
05-17-2019

Alabama lawmakers this week passed what’s considered one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country. We look at the fallout and where this leaves one other major legislative priority here in the state — prisons.

John Paul White Makes His Peace With Being an Artist
05-17-2019

It took years for singer-songwriter John Paul White to come to terms with the ego the music world demands. His latest album “The Hurting Kind” is a testament to how he’s finally made his peace.

Alabama Farmers Uncertain About Tomato Tariffs Effect
05-14-2019

The Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on Mexican tomato imports could take effect as early as this week. Some say it’ll help Alabama tomato growers. Others say the plan could backfire.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Lawmakers Advance Abortion Ban, Education Budget
05-3-2019

House members passed one of the strictest abortion bans in the nation this week. And the Alabama Senate passed a hefty education spending plan.

Alabama Senate Approves Lottery Bill
04-26-2019

Alabama Senators voted 21-12 to approve a lottery bill. The measure would limit a lottery to paper tickets. It now goes to the House of Representatives.

State Lawmakers Consider Eliminating Marriage Licenses
04-17-2019

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage was a hard pill to swallow for some Alabama probate judges. Some still refuse to issue marriage licenses in their counties. But a proposed bill could force them to comply with federal law.

Alabama Legislature Considers an Abortion Ban and Prison Reforms
04-5-2019

This week Alabama lawmakers considered a bill that would make abortions a felony unless the mother’s health is at risk. And it wrestled with a solution to the state’s prisons crisis.