Rachel Osier Lindley

Rachel Osier Lindley is News Director at WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. She works to shape WBHM’s local news coverage and increase the station’s news collaborations in the community.

Rachel grew up outside of Chicago where her best friend was her boom box. When they weren’t sitting on her porch listening to WDCB, they were busy recording radio plays with the kids down the block. Rachel continued blossoming into an AV geek at Riverside Brookfield High School. There, she was actively involved in the school’s broadcast program. She hosted a morning radio show and a talk show on the school’s cable access TV station.

She attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. At UT, she was a DJ and Programming Director for KXRX, the student-run radio station, and a news intern at KUT, Austin’s NPR affiliate. She also participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project.

After college, she spent over 7 years in Marfa, Texas where she was part of the team that started KRTS Marfa Public Radio, the regional public radio station for all of rural Far West Texas, and KXWT West Texas Public Radio, serving Midland and Odessa. During her time in West Texas, she also earned an MBA from Sul Ross State University.

Rachel and her husband, Chase, are the lucky parents of three sons and one dog. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, exploring Birmingham, and thinking about work.

The Junction: We Won’t Be Next

After police shootings and racially-charged murders this month, the national conversation is once again focused on the fraught relationship between police and black communities. To address these tensions, The Birmingham City Council recently hosted a forum in Ensley called “We Won’t Be Next.” Rachel Osier Lindley brings us the latest in our series, The Junction: […]

Renee Montagne To Step Down As Host Of ‘Morning Edition’

After a dozen years of arriving at work every weekday at midnight, Montagne says she’s ready to try something new. She will become a special correspondent on Morning Edition.

Birmingham Reacts to a Week of Violence with Marches, Rallies and Hope

The nation is still reeling from a string of violence last week, including the deaths of two black men, shot by the police, and the killings of five Dallas police officers during a peaceful protest. For more on the reaction from Birmingham, we’re joined by Nick Patterson, editor of the weekly newspaper WELD. He spoke to WBHM’s Rachel Osier Lindley.

Mother Suing Birmingham Clinic for Medical Negligence

Mothers-to-be put a lot of thought into how – and where – they want to give birth to their babies. And a lot of what influences that choice is how hospitals represent themselves. In Birmingham, a recent lawsuit accuses Brookwood Women’s Health of deceitful marketing and medical negligence, relating to promises they made to one […]

Does My Vote Matter? We Ask What You Think

Your right to vote is arguably the most important and coveted right a person can have in this country. When the 2016 presidential election is over, one person, the president, will represent a nation of close to 320 million people. After this primary season, more than a few of those American’s have lost faith in American’s voting process.

Poultry Waste Dumping Causes Concern in Marshall County

At any given time there are roughly 5 million broiler chickens being raised in Marshall County, Alabama. It ranks third in the state for poultry production. While the industry creates more than 1,500 jobs, it also creates a lot of poultry waste. Some Marshall County residents say a Tyson chicken processing plant is disposing of […]

Americans Don’t Like Caucuses, But Replacing Them With Primaries Isn’t Easy

Americans strongly prefer primary elections open to all voters but it’s tough to move away from caucuses and closed primaries even in states where there’s lots of unhappiness with the current system.

Amid Long Voting Lines And Claims Of A ‘Rigged System,’ Does My Vote Matter?

This year’s primaries have been filled with complaints about the voting process. The controversies raise questions about how confident Americans are that their votes will count in November.

Alabama Republicans Look to Future After Mike Hubbard’s Conviction

Alabama Republicans are figuring out what’s next after now former House Speaker Mike Hubbard was found guilty on 12 of 23 felony ethics charges last week. A jury determined Hubbard used his office for personal financial gain. He was considered one of Alabama’s most powerful politicians. For more on what this means for future political leadership in the state, WBHM’s Rachel Osier Lindley spoke with Natalie Davis, professor of political science at Birmingham-Southern College. Davis says, while Hubbard’s political career is over, his impact on the Alabama Republican Party will last for years to come.

Birmingham Remembers Victims of Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Hundreds gathered in downtown Birmingham yesterday evening to remember victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people. A diverse group of faith leaders led those assembled in Linn Park in prayer.