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.

Doug Jones Plans Summit to Explore HBCU Challenges
01-31-2019

Alabama has more Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCU’s, than any state in the nation. Many of those schools struggle financially. U.S. Sen. Doug Jones has worked to boost federal funding of HBCU’s. On Friday he holds the first annual HBCU summit at Lawson State Community College.

Janae Pierre
01-28-2019

  Here are a few spots by reporter Janae Pierre. They’re part of our continuing coverage of the fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old at an Alabama mall.  

Alabama Midterm Election Coverage
01-26-2019

  Our reporters delivered thorough, incisive coverage of the 2018 elections. Our audience heard candidates outline their priorities. We spoke with voters who were worried that since hundreds of thousands were purged from state voter rolls, perhaps their votes wouldn’t count. We reported on questions surrounding Secretary of State John Merrill’s partisanship and, more specifically, his ability to oversee an […]

Andrew Yeager – Top Newscasts – 2018
01-26-2019

    Our listeners often tell us how much they appreciate Andrew Yeager’s morning newscasts. As WBHM’s host of NPR’s Morning Edition, his reports are informative, dynamic, and rich with sound from the latest news, whether it’s a new development in an ongoing story or an election recap. He projects authority in his writing, which […]

After the Destruction, Wetumpka Begins to Recover
01-21-2019

Wetumpka began what will likely be a long road to recovery on Sunday, one day after a powerful tornado ripped through the town causing extensive damage to a number of buildings and homes.

Birmingham Police Officer Killed, Another Wounded in Downtown Shooting
01-13-2019

A Birmingham police officer was fatally shot downtown Sunday morning and another critically wounded. The slain officer has been identified as Sgt. Wytasha Carter, 44, of Birmingham.

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?