Gillian Ferris

News Director and Managing Editor

Gillian came to KNAU in 2001 as a freelance reporter after careers as a river cook, baker and teacher. Her first story won an Arizona Associated Press Award. Since then, Gillian has won more than a dozen regional and national Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in feature reporting, writing, editing and documentary work. She served as the local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition for well over a decade before becoming news director and managing editor at KNAU. As much as she loves reporting, Gillian has found her true soul work in editing and producing other journalists’ work. When not in the newsroom, she’s outside hiking, surfing, playing disc golf, running rivers and hanging out with her beloved dogs and friends.

Ways to Connect

Poetry Friday: Bojan Louis

Apr 27, 2018
Courtesy of Bojan Louis

Bojan Louis is a Diné poet, essayist and fiction writer. He grew up in Window Rock and Flagstaff, attended Northern Arizona University and is now a professor at Arizona State University. He says he puts pen to paper “… to remember, recover and reclaim … to reconstruct and resurrect family and ideology …” Bojan Louis has the final reading in our series Poetry Friday, honoring National Poetry Month. Here he is with “The Nature of Mortal Illness."

Ryan Heinsius

Tens of thousands of educators are poised for a statewide walk out tomorrow demanding more funding for K–12 schools and better wages for teachers and support staff. Communities are mobilizing to provide day care for the very students those teachers are fighting for. Non-profits, churches and other organizations are taking in kids for little or no charge during what will be the first educator strike in state history. The KNAU news team went out into the community to hear from some of those who’ve offered to care for students, and support teachers, while they go to bat.

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

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
Gillian Ferris / KNAU/NAU

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.