Gillian Ferris

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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KNAU and Arizona News
9:16 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Federal Investigators Look Into Sexual Harassment Allegations At Grand Canyon National Park

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Federal investigators are at Grand Canyon National Park this week looking into allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation by some Park employees, including Rangers. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, at least 12 people have come forward with claims that Park officials were aware of the harassment, but did little - or nothing - about it.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:16 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Federal Judge Overturns Arizona's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Dan Bruey and Jeff Herd with their marriage license at the Coconino County Courthouse in Flagstaff.
Credit KNAU/Justin Regan

A federal judge in Phoenix today overturned Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage on grounds that it was unconstitutional. The ruling now clears the way for legal unions between same-sex couples.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KNAU's SW Book Reviewer Becomes the Reviewed: Mary Sojourner's '29'

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In KNAU's latest Southwest Book Review, the reviewer - Mary Sojourner - becomes the reviewed. Sojourner's latest novel 29 has just been released. It tells the story of Nell Walker, a woman navigating a cycle of despair after losing her heart - and her job as a high-powered corporate executive - all at once. She flees Los Angeles and ends up in the small desert town of Twenty Nine Palms in a battle against energy developers who are threatening sacred lands. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris spoke with Mary Sojourner about blending her passions for writing and environmental activism into the pages of 29.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:10 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

NAU Announces Finalist For Presidency

Rita Cheng, poised to become the new president of Northern Arizona University
Credit Southern Illinois University

The Arizona Board of Regents today announced the final candidate in its search for the next president of Northern Arizona University. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, Rita Cheng, current Chancellor at Southern Illinois University is poised to take over the post.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:52 am
Fri May 30, 2014

An Interview With Garrison Keillor, Host of A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor in Flagstaff for the Summer of Love Tour.
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One of public radio's most popular shows is coming to Flagstaff. The cast of A Prairie Home Companion will perform a live national broadcast tomorrow from the amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris had a chance to talk  with the show's host, Garrison Keillor. He's on the road, making his way from Minnesota to Flagstaff, and celebrating 40 years with A Prairie Home Companion.

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Fire Season 2014
6:33 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Meteorologist Lee Born On The Slide Fire Plume And Air Quality

A view from space of the Slide Fire plume
Credit NOAA

The Slide Fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon - and now on the outskirts of Flagstaff - is being fueled by dry conditions and strong winds. Many communities near the blaze are experiencing extremely smoky conditions and ash fallout. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris spoke with meteorologist Lee Born about the fire's effect on air quality.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Hundreds Of Firefighters Battle The Slide Fire

The Slide Fire looms in the background as some Flagstaff residents voluntarily evacuate their homes.
Credit Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun

A massive wildfire continues to burn outside of Flagstaff this morning. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, hundreds of firefighters from across the nation have joined the fight.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:42 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Pre-Evac Warning Issued For 2 Flagstaff Neighborhoods

The Slide Fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon
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A wildfire burning in Oak Creek Canyon is now threatening the city of Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports that strong winds are pushing the fast-moving blaze up steep canyon terrain toward several wooded neighborhoods.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:42 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Illegal Pot Farm Cleaned Up After Nearly A Decade

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More than a ton of trash has been removed from the site of an illegal pot farm in the Fossil Springs Wilderness Area. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, it took almost 10 years for funding to come through for the clean-up.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:07 am
Fri April 11, 2014

An Interview With Singer-Songwriter Neko Case

Singer/songwriter, Neko Case
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Singer-songwriter Neko Case is a rising star in both the punk rock and alt-country music scenes. Her work appears on many "Best Of" lists, including Amazon.com's Music Editor's Picks and NPR's All Songs Considered. And Case's latest album — The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — was nominated for best alternative music album at this year's Grammy Awards. Neko Case will perform this Sunday in Flagstaff. From the road, she spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris about the inspiration behind her music.

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