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 Remembers Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney
10-27-2019

Three-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was buried Sunday. The girl was kidnapped and killed more than 10 days ago.

Police Believe They’ve Found Body of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney
10-22-2019

Police say they’ve found the remains of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney in a Birmingham dumpster.

Drawing a More Diverse Crowd to the Outdoors
09-26-2019

There’s a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who say nature isn’t just for white people. They want recreation groups to do more to attract people of color. The Birmingham Audubon Society organized a trip where black birders led a group to Hale County.

Can Gov. Ivey Keep Doing Her Job During Cancer Treatments?
09-20-2019

Gov. Kay Ivey says her radiation treatments for lung cancer will not interfere with her job as governor. We talk with an oncologist about the likelihood she could continue with business as usual.

New Grocery Delivery Program Aims to Curb Senior Hunger
07-30-2019

Many seniors have health issues that prevent them from getting to the grocery store. Others can’t afford or have limited access to nutritious food. A new program delivers healthy groceries to their doorstep.

Birmingham Budget Passes After Debates Over School, Discretionary Funding
07-24-2019

The Birmingham City Council passed Mayor Randall Woodfin’s fiscal 2020 budget. Woodfin said his proposed $451 million budget was “as lean as they come.”

Birmingham School Officials Say Schools Can Work Around Woodfin’s Proposed Budget Cut
07-17-2019

Birmingham school officials say it’s unclear how they’ll make up a proposed $2 million funding gap from the city, but it won’t put a huge burden on the school system.

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.