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
6:33 am
Fri February 1, 2013

The Arizona Snowbowl: 75 Years Of Adventure, Innovation And Controversy

Jimmy Nunn shows off the Avalauncher in his Arizona Ski Museum
Credit KNAU/Gillian Ferris Kohl

Arizona May not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of skiing. But, it actually holds a unique place in skiing history. The Arizona Snowbowl, near Flagstaff, is one of the longest continually running ski resorts in the West. This month marks it's 75th anniversary. And Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl looks back at a history filled with innovation, adventure...and controversy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:14 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Flagstaff Meteorologist Lee Born Talks Record Breaking Cold

Flagstaff Meteorologist, Lee Born
Credit Lee Born

Northern Arizona has finally come out of a cold snap that set record-breaking lows for both day and nighttime temperatures. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl spoke with Flagstaff meteorologist Lee Born about the big freeze.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:08 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Snowbowl Protests Continue

Protests continue over Arizona Snowbowl's use of reclaimed wastewater for artificial snowmaking.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

President Obama Hosts 4th Annual Tribal Nations Conference

President Obama meets with American Indian leaders at the first annual Tribal Nations Gathering.
Credit Rob Capriccioso / Native Village Youth and Education News

Representatives from every recognized American Indian tribe in the nation gathered last week in Washington, D.C. for the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:26 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Flagstaff Recognized for Preparing for Climate Change

Flagstaff, AZ
Credit SearchNet Media from Tucson, Arizona

The National League of Cities has chosen to recognize Flagstaff for its achievements in climate and weather preparedness.  The city is the first in the country to adopt a climate event policy for all municipal operations.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:34 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Wupatki National Monument Study Will Determine Wilderness Eligibility

Wupatki National Monument, north of Flagstaff.
Credit Chris Coe

An eligibility assessment conducted by the National Park Service has concluded that almost 97 percent of Wupatki National Monument, north of Flagstaff, is eligible for a formal wilderness study. The 1964 Wilderness Act and 2006 NPS Management Policies require that all areas managed by the National Park Service are reviewed to determine if they meet criteria for wilderness designation. President Calvin Coolidge established the Monument in 1924 to protect the abundant prehistoric archaeological sites in the area, which span at least ten thousand years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:38 am
Wed November 21, 2012

The Hula Hoop Revolution

Kayley
Credit Circus Bacchus

The Hula Hoop is on fire…literally. The popularity of Hooping” has soared in recent years, transforming it from a groovy toy in the 1960’s to pyrotechnic performance art in the two thousands.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:32 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Carving Grand Canyon: New Theories About An Old Canyon

Wayne Ranney

Flagstaff geologist Wayne Ranney discusses some new theories of how - and when - the Grand Canyon formed. The second edition of Ranney's book, Carving Grand Canyon, was recently released.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:25 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hopi Runners Set National Record

The Hopi High School Boys Cross Country Team has set a prestigious national record. The team's win earlier this month at the state championships in Cave Creek marks their 23rd consecutive state title. The team broke their own national record set last year at 22 straight titles. Rick Baker is the cross country coach at Hopi High. He told the Navajo/Hopi Observer he was worried his young team lacked the experience to win this year.

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