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.

A Top State Corruption Fighter Resigns. Now What?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuskegee Researchers Find Key to Earlier Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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

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

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.