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.

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.

New Plan Will Arm Some School Administrators
05-30-2018

A new program will allow Alabama school administrators to carry firearms, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday. The Alabama Sentry Program will arm administrators in schools that don’t have a school resource officer.

2018 Elections: Candidate Profiles
05-28-2018

Four Republicans and six Democrats are vying for the party nominations in the June 5 Alabama primaries. Here are their profiles.

2018 Governor’s Race: James Fields
05-21-2018

Democrat James Fields was the first African American to run for a legislative seat in mostly-white Cullman County. Many told him to withdraw, but he went on to win that seat in the Alabama House of Representatives in 2008. Now he’s running for governor.

An Alternative to Delivering Babies at the Hospital
05-4-2018

Alabama has the second-highest infant mortality rate in the nation. And more rural hospitals are closing. Now some physicians and nonprofits say birth centers are a way to provide cheaper and safer prenatal care and delivery.

Bragg’s Food Memoir is an Ode to ‘The Best Cook’
04-25-2018

Alabama author Rick Bragg celebrates his mother’s cooking in a new memoir — The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma’s Table.

When Your Child Isn’t the Child You Expected
04-18-2018

Sometimes children turn out differently than parents had hoped or expected. Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, looked at how parents manage to find profound meaning in raising exceptional children.

2018 Governor’s Race: Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox
04-17-2018

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is best known for rebuilding that city after a devastating tornado hit in 2011. In his bid to become the Democratic nominee for governor in the June 5 primary, he’s pushing for an education lottery, expansion of Medicaid, and an end to proposals that would have teachers carry guns.