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
2:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Wildfire Smoke Research To Focus On Western U.S.

The Yarnell Fire
Credit ABC News

Researchers are conducting a study of the smoke created by wildfires and its role in cloud formation and climate change. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, scientists are flying over wildfires burning in the western U.S.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:10 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

3 AZ Community Colleges Partner For Rural Academic Programs

Three northern Arizona community colleges have entered into an agreement to improve academic programs, as well as workforce development, along rural stretches of the Interstate 40 corridor. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, the agreement is unprecedented in the western U.S.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:27 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Arizona "Munchkin" Dies at 89

Margaret Pellegrini

One of the original Munchkins from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" has died. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, 89 year old Margaret Pellegrini was a long-time Arizona resident.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:57 am
Thu July 18, 2013

KNAU Meteorologist Lee Born: Monsoon And Rainfall Update

KNAU meteorologist, Lee Born
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The monsoon season has arrived in full force. This week has brought some powerful storms to the region. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris spoke with meteorologist Lee Born about this summer's rainfall.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:52 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Long-Time Executive Director of Arizona's First Things First Program Heads To Washington

Arizona's First Things First program was created in 2006 after voters passed Proposition 203, a citizen's initiative to fund a quality early childhood development and health system that would prepare children for kindergarten. Rhian Evans Allvin helped draft that initiative and is executive director of First Things First. After nearly 20 years of working to improve early childhood education in Arizona, Evans Allvin is moving to Washington, D.C. to put the issue on the national agenda. She spoke with KNAU's Gillian Ferris about the move.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:02 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KNAU Meteorologist Lee Born Talks Monsoon

KNAU meteorologist Lee Born
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The monsoon has officially arrived in Arizona. KNAU's Gillian Ferris spoke with meteorologist Lee Born about the start of the summer rains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:40 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Stabilizing Indigenous Languages: An Interview With NAU Professor Jon Reyhner

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This weekend, Northern Arizona University will host an international conference on stabilizing indigenous languages. Language experts estimate that hundreds - if not thousands - of native languages have been lost worldwide over the last century, mainly due to the influence of outside cultures and ideologies. Jon Reyhner teaches bi-lingual multicultural education at NAU. He spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris about what it means to stabilize these languages.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Rain! KNAU Meteorologist Lee Born Talks Weather

KNAU meteorologist Lee Born

This week's rain storms brought the first precipitation in weeks to northern Arizona. KNAU's Gillian Ferris Kohl talks with meteorologist Lee Born about the rain and the summer weather forecast.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:09 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Digital Bach Project: St. Matthew Passion

Crucifixion painting by Salvador Dali

Many people around the world will observe Good Friday today. And for some, there will be a specific piece of music associated with it: Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion. It's a dramatic 3-hour oratorio about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and for centuries it's been performed on Good Friday. But with concert attendance dwindling in recent years, some in the classical music world are hoping to recruit a younger, more tech-savvy audience. Tim Smith is a music theory professor at Northern Arizona University and he's co-developed a website called The Digital Bach Project. It's a multi-media, multi-lingual site focused solely on St. Matthew Passion. Tim Smith spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl about the project.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:56 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Building Hope In Haiti Part III: The Wall

A lesson in wall building, Bon Repos, Haiti
Credit KNAU/Gillian Ferris Kohl

This month, KNAU has brought you a series called Building Hope in Haiti: stories about a group of volunteers from Flagstaff who continue to do relief work in Haiti 3 years after a powerful earthquake struck the tiny country. Today, we bring you the final story in our series. We return to an orphanage near Port au Prince where volunteers are rebuilding a containment wall destroyed by the quake. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports, the wall is not only bringing safety to dozens of vulnerable children, it's also creating a few jobs for Haitians desperate for work.

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