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.

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.

Trump’s Budget Wish List: What It Could Mean for Alabama
06-29-2018

How President Trump’s proposed budget cuts could affect Alabama’s urban and rural residents.

Tuskegee Researchers Find Key to Earlier Breast Cancer Diagnosis
06-21-2018

A team of researchers at Tuskegee University has developed a new test they say may help detect an aggressive form of breast cancer earlier, especially among African American women.

Alabama Power Withdraws from BCA
06-18-2018

Alabama Power has withdrawn from the Business Council of Alabama amid concerns over leadership. A spokesman for Alabama Power said there are questions surrounding the organization’s effectiveness. The BCA says it plans to change its executive leadership.

Facebook to Build $750 million Data Center in Huntsville
06-15-2018

State and city leaders announced Facebook’s plans to build a $750 million data center in Huntsville. Gov. Kay Ivey discussed the project during a news conference Thursday in Huntsville. Ivey’s office said the center will employ 100 people with an average annual salary of nearly $80,000.

How an Alabama Congressman Got the Government to Help Pay for College
06-8-2018

Women outnumber men on college campuses. But that wasn’t always the case. Carl Elliott, former Alabama Congressman, co-authored the National Defense Education Act in 1958, which improved science, foreign language and technology education nationwide and provided low-interest loans for college and graduate school for needy students. It also opened the door for women to attend college.

Ivey, Maddox to Face Off in November
06-5-2018

Gov. Kay Ivey won Tuesday’s Republican primary with a significant lead over her three opponents, giving her a chance to be elected to the seat for the first time in November. She will face Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in the race for governor.

Alabama Governor’s Primary Race is All About Corruption
06-4-2018

There’s been rampant corruption among state leaders in Alabama, and it’s escalated in recent years. Voters have noticed. And judging by the anti-corruption political ads and fliers blanketing mailboxes and screens, candidates in Tuesday’s primary are responding.