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.

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.

Barons Pick Up the Pace This Season
04-10-2018

The Birmingham Barons have their first home game of the season Wednesday against Montgomery. And like many minor league baseball teams, they’re implementing some changes to make games faster and more fun to watch.

State Lawmaker, Former State GOP Head Charged in Corruption Scheme
04-2-2018

An Alabama state lawmaker and the former head of the state Republican party have each been arrested in connection with a public corruption scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Severe Storms Bring Extensive Damage to North and East Alabama
03-20-2018

Crews with the National Weather Service are assessing the damage Tuesday morning after severe storms tore through the area.

Severe Storm Development Around Alabama
03-19-2018

Two waves of severe weather are expected today around the state, including supercell thunderstorms, according to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

Friends of Nancy Swift: ‘I Think She Lived to Nurse’
03-15-2018

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s deadly shooting at UAB Highlands Hospital, friends remember Nancy Turnage Swift, the nursing supervisor who was killed, as outgoing and caring.

Witness Account of UAB Highlands Hospital Shooting
03-15-2018

Two people are dead after a shooting yesterday at UAB Highlands Hospital. One was the gunman, who died last night of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Another shooting victim, a UAB employee, died during surgery last night. A third is in stable condition. Le’Darius Hilliard was inside UAB Highlands Hospital for a brief period during yesterday’s shooting. WBHM’s Gigi Douban talked with him this morning.

Two Dead, One Wounded in UAB Hospital Shooting
03-14-2018

Two people have died, including a gunman after an active shooter situation at UAB Highlands Wednesday evening.

Legislative Wrap-Up: State Ethics Law Revisions and the Ten Commandments
03-2-2018

The Alabama legislature considers tightening up the state ethics law and a bill that would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings, including schools. The bill’s sponsor says it can deter a school shooter from carrying out an attack.