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
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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KNAU and Arizona News
10:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Building Hope In Haiti Part II: The Orphanage

Afternoon Double Dutch in the courtyard at Foyer Renmen, Bon Repos, Haiti
Credit KNAU/Gillian Ferris Kohl

Flagstaff was one of hundreds of cities across the world that sent disaster relief teams to Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the country in 2010. While most other cities have long-since stopped aid to Haiti, Flagstaff remains, and is now one of the leading cities in the world for sending volunteers to a country still rebuilding. In the second story in our series Building Hope in Haiti, Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports on a group of Flagstaff volunteers who've - essentially - adopted dozens of Haitian orphans and the compound they live in.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Building Hope In Haiti - Part I: The Hospital

Preparing for surgery at Bernard Mews Hospital, Port au Prince, Haiti.
Credit KNAU/Gillian Ferris Kohl

Flagstaff was one of hundreds of cities across the world that sent medical teams to Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the country in 2010. While most other cities have long-since stopped aid to Haiti, Flagstaff has remained and is now one of the leading cities in the world for sending volunteers to a country still trying to rebuild. In the first of 3 stories, Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl follows a day in the life of one Flagstaff doctor working to create Haiti's first trauma hospital.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:51 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Sedona Men Plead Guilty To Illegal Trail Building

Two Sedona men pled guilty this week in Federal Magistrate Court to criminal violations connected to unauthorized trail construction on the Coconino National Forest. Arizona Public Radio's  Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Flagstaff Breweries To Make A Showing At Arizona Beer Week

Beer line-up at The Flagstaff Brewing Company.
Credit KNAU

As if Friday weren't reason enough to celebrate, today is also the official start of Arizona Beer Week. It's a week-long showcase of Arizona's growing craft beer industry, with events across the state. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports on Flagstaff's presence in this burgeoning field.

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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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