Gillian Ferris

News Director and Managing Editor

Gillian came to KNAU in 2001 as a freelance reporter. Her first story won an Arizona Associated Press Award. Since then, Gillian has won more than a dozen Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting, writing and documentary work. She served as the local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition for 8 years before moving into a full time reporting position in 2012. Gillian covers everything from environmental issues to sports, with a penchant for human interest stories of all kinds. When she’s not working, Gillian revels in the natural world and is an avid hiker, skier, swimmer, river runner and surfer. She also enjoys making fancy cakes and reorganizing her collection of fabulous shoes… 70 pairs and counting.

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Arizona Daily Sun

For the first time in state history, Arizona educators have voted to strike after weeks of demanding better school funding and teacher pay.  KNAU’s Gillian Ferris has more.


Poetry Friday: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Apr 20, 2018
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Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti turned 99 years old last month. He was prominent during the Beat Movement, published Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, and is the founder of the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, one of the most iconic and beloved bookstores in the nation. On this Poetry Friday—in honor of National Poetry Month—a reading from Ferlinghetti’s best-selling book of poems "Coney Island of the Mind," by Dr. Gioia Woods, an arts and humanities professor at Northern Arizona University. She’s working on a biography of the City Lights Bookstore.


Poetry Friday: Black in America

Apr 13, 2018
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As part of our series, Poetry Friday, celebrating National Poetry Month, we hear from some local aspiring poets. All are members of Northern Arizona University’s Gold n’ Brown Jacks Club, a support network for black men within the campus community.


Gillian Ferris / KNAU/NAU

April is National Poetry Month.  Instead of doing a feature story on poetry, we decided to record some of you reading us your favorite poems … to experience poetry in its purest form. Every Friday this month, we’re going to air at least one poem performed by someone in the community. Seventeen-year-old Emma Collier starts us off from the campus of her performing arts high school. She was a state finalist at this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Take a listen.


Jake Bacon

My Brothers, Our Sisters, is a new photography exhibit at the Flagstaff Medical Center. It centers on the work of the Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corps in Haiti, a country hit hard over the last decade by natural disasters. The photos depict the lives of Haitian hospital workers, patients and children. They were taken by Flagstaff-based photographers, Jake Bacon and Michael Collier, who is also a doctor.  This morning/today, they talk about the responsibility that comes with taking photos of tragedy. 


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