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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 Voters in New Hampshire today saw Republican candidate Jon Huntsman’s name on their presidential primary ballots. But, it’s unlikely to appear on the ballots of Arizona voters in next month’s state election.  AZPR’s Gillian Ferris Kohl reports, a paperwork error has disqualified Huntsman from appearing on the ballot.

GOP candidate Jon Huntsman got his paperwork in on time yesterday to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office. But it was missing the state mandated signature and seal of a notary public.

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Last year, Arizona became the 17th state in the nation to approve a medical marijuana law. But, a year later, that law is far from being fully implemented. Governor Jan Brewer is challenging a key provision that provides for opening dispensaries. And, as Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports, that’s left some 16 thousand card-holding patients and dozens of potential dispensary owners with few options.

Michael Collier

Just a few years ago, there was no such thing as an iPad or an iPhone or any of the apps that go with them. But now, millions of people worldwide are using more than half a million apps on a daily basis. One of the latest to debut on the iPad was designed by Flagstaff geologist and photographer Michael Collier. He takes aerial photos of mountain ranges and geologic formations across the country. And he does it while solo-flying his small plane. Collier's photos have been the subject of several books.

Gillian Ferris Kohl

 Tonight, the Flagstaff City Council will hold a panel discussion on the current and future uses of reclaimed wastewater. While the thought of drinking treated wastewater is stomach-churning to many, it may – someday – become standard in the U.S. And the conversation over what to do with wastewater is a heated one.