Janae Pierre

Janae Pierre

Host/Reporter



Janae Pierre is the station’s general assignment reporter and local host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

A native of New Orleans, Pierre has worked and volunteered with several different media organizations, notably NPR affiliate WWNO, the New Orleans Tribune and WBOK 1230AM, where she began as a college intern. In her spare time, Pierre enjoys listening to old vinyl records (she loves that scratchy sound). Some of her favorite artists include Al Green, Gil Scott Heron and Dinah Washington.

In early 2019, Pierre was recognized as the “Best Large Market Radio Reporter” by the Alabama Broadcasters Association. She was also listed on Radio Ink's 2017 “Future African American Leaders in Radio,” and she's the recipient of the 2015 Sophie Aramburo Servant/Leader Award.

George Floyd’s Killing Sparks Frustration Among Birmingham’s Black Lives Matter Group
06-4-2020

The police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota has triggered many protesters in the Birmingham area who are still seeking justice for Emantic “E.J.” Bradford, a black man killed by Hoover police in 2018. We spoke with Eric Hall, a founding member of the Birmingham chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Historic Theatres Among Businesses Damaged During Violent Protest
06-3-2020

Clean up is underway in downtown Birmingham after demonstrations turned violent and protestors damaged several businesses including the historic Alabama and Lyric theatres.

Birmingham Brewery Bounces Back After Coronavirus Slows Sales
05-29-2020

We checked back in with a Birmingham brewery owner who wasn’t sure in mid-March whether his business would survive the pandemic.

2 Alabama High Schools Celebrate Graduation Despite Coronavirus Concerns
05-20-2020

Two of the largest high schools in Alabama are holding their graduations this week — despite concerns about the coronavirus. Administrators say they will ensure proper social distancing.

Traditional Graduation Ceremonies Back On At Some High Schools
05-18-2020

Hoover City Schools announced it will move forward with in-person graduation ceremonies this week, and they’re not alone. Parents are divided on the issue.

Some Restaurants Continue Curbside Service Despite Relaxed Restrictions
05-13-2020

Gov. Kay Ivey’s updated “safer-at-home” order puts most of the hospitality industry back to work. Some business owners were quick to open their doors, but others are sticking with curbside service only.

Amid COVID-19 Pressures, Lucy’s Coffee & Tea Closes For Good
05-8-2020

Lucy’s Coffee & Tea has been a Birmingham staple for more than 25 years. Earlier this week, owner Lucy Bonds announced she’s closing her cafe for good.

As Medical Procedures Resume, Patients Weigh Whether It’s Safe
05-7-2020

Gov. Kay Ivey’s “safer-at-home” order allows doctors to resume elective medical and dental procedures. For some patients, that’s good news.

Some Alabama Graduations Saved By Going Virtual
04-29-2020

Most spring graduations are canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But a few groups and institutions are organizing virtual ceremonies for the class of 2020

Customers Resort To DIY Styles With Barbershops & Hair Salons Closed
04-23-2020

The coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of nonessential businesses, including hair salons and barbershops. That has led some people to get creative about how to keep their hair looking good during the crisis.

Birmingham Mayor Undecided On When To Reopen City Economy
04-21-2020

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin updated residents on the city’s fight against COVID-19.

UAB’s Pastoral Care Team Counsels Health Care Workers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
04-15-2020

Hospital chaplains usually show comfort to patients or their families, but at UAB that has changed. During the coronavirus pandemic, the pastoral care team spends a lot of time counseling health care workers who are on the front lines.

As Quarantine Spurs Demand, Some Companies Are Hiring
04-10-2020

Many businesses have laid off workers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but plenty of companies in Alabama are hiring. While some companies grapple with worker safety concerns, it hasn’t stopped them from growing.

Coronavirus Impacts Revenue At Birmingham Zoo
04-2-2020

Spring usually kicks off the busy season for the Birmingham Zoo, but not this year. Like many attractions across the nation, the zoo is closed until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Alabama Bankers Association CEO Says Banks Are Secure During Pandemic
03-30-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has many people wondering about their economic future and the safety of their money. The head of the Alabama Bankers Association says banks across the state have been preparing for a crisis of this magnitude for years.

Birmingham’s Food & Beverage Industry Struggles Amid Coronavirus
03-26-2020

Many small businesses in Alabama hit by the coronavirus crisis are struggling to stay afloat. State health officials recently prohibited on-site eating and drinking at restaurants and bars. The restrictions have forced a few Birmingham establishments to close their doors for good.

Alabama COVID-19 Testing Rife With Delays And Uncertainty
03-17-2020

Across Alabama, the demand for COVID-19 testing is growing, and labs are struggling to turn around test results quickly.

Alabama Events Canceled, Attractions Close Amid Coronavirus Fears
03-12-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many closures and event cancellations across the state.

Yoga Still Being Taught To Some Students Despite 27-Year-Old Ban
03-11-2020

Alabama is one step closer to overturning a decades-old ban on yoga in public schools. This week, the state House of Representatives voted in favor a bill that would give school systems the option to teach yoga with some restrictions. But Jimi Lee, head of Yoga & Love has led yoga at some schools, despite the ban. School leaders just call the practice by another name.

Jefferson County Department Of Health Prepared For Coronavirus
02-28-2020

In a press conference, President Trump insisted the risk of Americans getting the coronavirus disease remains very low. But CDC officials say they expect COVID-19 to spread to more states across the U.S. and they’re preparing local health departments with specific guidelines for dealing with the disease.

Report Reveals Voter Access Difficult In Alabama
02-21-2020

Super Tuesday is nearly a week away and hundreds-of-thousands of Alabama voters are expected to turn out. But according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Alabama remains one of the most difficult states for an eligible voter to register and cast a ballot.

StoryCorps Founder Brings One Small Step Event to Birmingham
02-5-2020

StoryCorps has provided people across the U.S. the opportunity to record and preserve the stories of their lives. Now, the organization is taking that idea to another level with One Small Step. StoryCorps’ founder, Dave Isay, shares more.

Smithsonian Educator Explores Ways to Teach Evolution in Alabama Schools
02-5-2020

Briana Pobiner is a paleoanthropologist and educator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. She’s using a federal grant to explore the best ways to teach evolution in Alabama high schools; although some textbooks still contain warning stickers saying evolution is just a theory.

Small Fraction of Students Qualify for Birmingham Promise Scholarship
01-28-2020

When it was announced recently that the Birmingham Promise would offer a full tuition scholarship to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, many praised the partnership as a way to give eligible Birmingham graduates a much-needed financial boost. But as it stands, most students wouldn’t make the cut.

Severe Weather Threatens Most of Alabama on Saturday
01-10-2020

Forecasters in central Alabama say the storm system threatens to spin off tornadoes. Officials say residents should have multiple ways to receive weather warnings and should not depend solely on outdoor warning sirens.

Amid Slow Sales, Charlemagne Records Closes its Doors
12-23-2019

Charlemagne Records has been open for more than four decades. But at the end of the year, the store is set to close. Like many brick-and-mortar music retailers, Charlemagne has struggled with sales in the digital age.

“Just Mercy” Sheds Light on Lack of Change in AL Justice System
12-20-2019

The film “Just Mercy” premieres Friday in Montgomery. It’s based on civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson’s efforts to free a man who was wrongfully sentenced on death row. That was in 1989. But not a lot has changed since then.

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. Talks Alabama Bicentennial and the State’s Reputation
12-13-2019

The grand finale of Alabama’s Bicentennial commemoration is this weekend in the state’s capital. There will be concerts and parades throughout the weekend and appearances from the state’s more notable residents. Alabama native and comedian Roy Wood Jr. is one of them.

Alabama Young Dems Focus: Re-Elect Doug Jones
12-8-2019

The Young Democrats of America wrapped up their national conference in Birmingham Sunday. More than 200 Democrats participated in training sessions to learn to organize in red states like Alabama.

Remembering Slain Alabama Sheriff ‘Big John’ Williams
12-2-2019

Funeral services were held today for “Big John” Williams. He was a popular sheriff allegedly killed by the son of a deputy from a neighboring county. His death has resonated nationwide.

Birmingham Water Works Board Approves Rate Increase
11-26-2019

Birmingham Water Works customers will have slightly higher monthly water bills starting in January 2020.

Questions Loom One Year After Hoover Mall Shooting
11-20-2019

The police killing of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. happened a year ago at the Riverchase Galleria Mall after officers wrongly thought he was the shooter. Alabama’s Attorney General cleared the Hoover police officer of any criminal wrongdoing and so did the Department of Justice. But a lot of questions remain unanswered.