Esther Ciammachilli

Esther Ciammachilli

Host/Reporter



If you’re reading this then you now know how to spell Esther’s last name. That's the most asked question she’s received since she joined WBHM in 2015. (It's Italian​, if you're wondering.)

Esther came to Birmingham from Reno Public Radio in Reno, Nevada, where she was the host of All Things Considered and a reporter, but wore many other hats. She spent a decade as a singer/actress in Las Vegas before returning to school to get her degree. As she tells it, she got tired of singing for her supper. She’s a graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, with no position on Alabama football.

You can hear Esther in the afternoons on WBHM as the host of All Things Considered, as well as in her stories about the people and places around Birmingham and North Central Alabama. Her background in the arts fuels her passion for arts and culture stories, but she doesn't shy away from hard news issues.

When she’s not on the airwaves at WBHM, Esther enjoys spending time with her family, eating at Alabama’s delicious restaurants, and hiking or going to the gym to work it all off.

Birmingham’s Noodle Mania
02-16-2018

There’s been a recent surge in new Birmingham restaurants serving up gourmet noodle bowls like Japanese ramen and Vietnamese pho.

ACLU Sues Alabama Over Transgender ID Law
02-7-2018

The ACLU says Alabama’s policy violates trans people’s constitutional right to privacy, due process and equal protection under the law.

Violinist Mayumi Masri Not Silenced by Tragic Accident
02-1-2018

After an accident that almost severed her arm, an Alabama Symphony Orchestra violinist is working to play as she once did.

Tips for Cutting Calories During the Holidays
12-20-2017

The latest installment of WBHM’s food series “Sound Bites” explores healthier holiday options to help cut calories.

New Initiative Seeks to Preserve Alabama LGBTQ Histories
12-18-2017

Invisible Histories Project Alabama is aimed at finding, recording and preserving what the group calls the “always vanishing” stories of LGBTQ Alabamians.

Kids, Dogs and the Culture of Breweries
12-7-2017

For WBHM’s food series, “Sound Bites” we look at why breweries have become such popular places for families to spend quality time.

How to Solve Birmingham’s Food Service Worker Shortage
11-20-2017

There are too many restaurants in Birmingham and not enough people to staff them.

Southeast is Home to Largest LGBT Population, Report Finds
11-8-2017

The Southeast is home to roughly 35 percent of LGBT people in the U.S., the largest LGBT population in the country, according to data compiled by the Williams Institute at UCLA.

New Documentary Highlights Lesbian Struggle for Equality in Alabama
10-20-2017

The film follows three lesbian couples, a group that directors say has historically been invisible in Alabama.

The Accidental LGBT Activist: Jim Obergefell Speaks to Students at UAB
10-19-2017

Jim Obergefel was at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. He spoke at the University of Alabama at Birmingham last night about what’s he’s been doing since that landmark day in 2015.