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.

Be our next Health and Science Reporter!

WBHM, an award-winning public radio station serving Birmingham and the heart of Alabama, seeks an energetic reporter with keen intellectual curiosity to tell engaging stories on-air and online about health and science. Our Health and Science Reporter examines the research and economics of those disciplines with a focus on telling stories of the people who […]

2018 Governor’s Race: James Fields

Democrat James Fields was the first African American to run for a legislative seat in mostly-white Cullman County. Many told him to withdraw, but he went on to win that seat in the Alabama House of Representatives in 2008. Now he’s running for governor.

An Alternative to Delivering Babies at the Hospital

Alabama has the second-highest infant mortality rate in the nation. And more rural hospitals are closing. Now some physicians and nonprofits say birth centers are a way to provide cheaper and safer prenatal care and delivery.

Bragg’s Food Memoir is an Ode to ‘The Best Cook’

Alabama author Rick Bragg celebrates his mother’s cooking in a new memoir — The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma’s Table.

When Your Child Isn’t the Child You Expected

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

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

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

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

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

Severe Storm Development Around Alabama

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