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.


KNAU and Arizona News
2:32 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Congress Planning New Ways To Pay For Catastrophic Wildfires

Firefighters on the Tonto National Forest set a controlled backburn during the Rodeo-Chediski Fire in 2002.
Credit Mike Blake/Reuters

Congress has begun an effort to change the way the U.S. pays for the cost of battling catastrophic wildfires. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:45 am
Fri March 7, 2014

'Chairs For Change' Brings Awareness To Educating Girls Worldwide

Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for her belief that girls worldwide are entitled to an education.

Tomorrow night, the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff will host an art exhibit and auction called "Chairs for Change." It will feature an array of chairs that have been artistically re-purposed by students at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy. And, while each chair will have a unique look, they will all represent the same theme: the movement to educate girls worldwide. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:15 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Sole Survivor Of Yarnell Hill Fire Takes Job In Idaho

Former Granite Mountain Hotshot, Brendan McDonough
Credit The Daily Courier

The sole survivor of last summer's deadly Yarnell Hill Fire has resigned as an Arizona firefighter to take a job in Idaho. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, Brendan McDonough will be working with wildland firefighters suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:35 am
Mon October 7, 2013

An Interview With NAU President John Haeger: Looking Back...And To The Future

Dr. John Haeger, President of Northern Arizona University
Credit NAU

At the end of this summer, Northern Arizona University President John Haeger announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. During his presidency, Haeger has helped grown NAU into a research-based campus with an emphasis on brining in first-generation college students and retaining them through graduation. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris recently spoke with Dr. Haeger about the changes he's seen at NAU during his 12 years as president, and what he imagines the university's future will look like.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Station To Station Train Brings Nomadic Performance Art To Winslow

The Station to Station train
Credit Priscilla Frank

More than 100 trains pass through the town of Winslow every day. Most are hauling freight to the West Coast and don't stop. But recently, one very unusual train DID stop in Winslow...the Station to Station train. It's a moving, public art show that's traveling across the U.S., the brainchild of artist Doug Aitken - best known for his large, outdoor film installations. And, as Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, the stop in Winslow was a combination of art, imagination and mystery.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:09 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Extended Interview With Peter Sagal Of NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!

NPR's Peter Sagal at the Hoover Dam on his "Constitution USA" tour.

September is Civic Engagement Month. And kicking off festivities Sunday in Flagstaff is Peter Sagal, host of NPR's news quiz show "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!" Sagal is on tour talking about his documentary series, "Constitution USA" - a look at how the Constitution works in modern America. KNAU's Gillian Ferris had a chance to speak with Sagal from the "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!" studios in Chicago.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:40 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Tropical Storm Ivo Drenches Arizona

Tropical Storm Ivo

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Ivo has led to flash flooding across much of the state. And, as Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, more rain is on the way.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:56 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Navajo Route 20 To Open Next Week

The "buckle" of U.S. 89 leading to and from Page.
Credit Indian Country Today Media Network

The Arizona Department of Transportation expects to complete a paving project on Navajo Route 20 just in time for the Labor Day weekend. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, the road will be a temporary traffic solution to the closure of U.S. 89 after a landslide in February caused severe damage to the highway.

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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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