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.

The Risky Business of Music Festivals
07-10-2019

Later this month, Freedom Fest makes its debut in downtown Birmingham. But music festivals around here seem to come and go. We sent WBHM’s Janae Pierre to find out why it’s so hard to keep a music festival going here in the Magic City.

Merrill Announces Run for Alabama U.S. Senate Seat
06-25-2019

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is adding his name to the long list of Republicans who hope to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones. Merrill says Alabama needs a “proven conservative” in the Senate who will support President Donald Trump on issues like immigration and judicial appointments.

Juneteenth: A Celebration of the End of Slavery
06-18-2019

June 19th 1865 — or Juneteenth – marked the official end of slavery in the U.S. Barry McNealy, an educator with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, says even though President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it didn’t free all slaves.

UA Returns $21.5 Million to Donor & Strips Name From Law School
06-7-2019

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees voted Friday to return a multi-million dollar donation from Hugh Culverhouse Jr. and strip his name from the school of law.

Birmingham’s Food Desert Plan: More Grocers, Fewer Dollar Stores
06-2-2019

Nearly 70 percent of Birmingham residents live in food deserts, neighborhoods that have no grocery store or healthy food options. Now, Birmingham city officials are working to bring more grocers to the city.

Several Hundred Gather in Birmingham for Bernie Sanders Rally
05-20-2019

A large crowd of people gathered in Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park Sunday for a rally supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders.

New Podcast Reveals “White Lies” in Selma
05-13-2019

In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was beaten to death by white segregationists in Selma. Reeb himself was white. In an NPR podcast called “White Lies” co-hosts Andrew Beck Grace and Chip Brantley try to uncover the truth about Reeb’s death.

Sidewalk Cinema Debuts in Birmingham Soon
05-6-2019

One weekend a year, Birmingham becomes a destination for filmmakers and movie buffs during the Sidewalk Film Festival. For almost 20 years, the organization has showcased the work of hundreds of filmmakers during its annual festival while educating the indie industry. Now, Sidewalk is taking that concept to the next level with a new cinema and film center.

UAB Students Protest White Supremacy
04-19-2019

Some students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say the school isn’t doing enough to protect them from white extremists. They held a protest on campus earlier this week.

Trash Talk: Birmingham’s Litter Problem
04-15-2019

Call it what you want: trash, litter, debris … stuff. It seems like it’s everywhere. You’ll find it on front lawns and on busy highways. Officials say trash in the Birmingham area in particular is a problem. Here, we catch up with some of the folks who pick it all up.