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.


Elections 2012
2:51 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

AZ Voters To Decide Who Will "Own" The Grand Canyon?

When Arizonans go to the polls next month they'll be asked to decide whether the Grand Canyon should belong to all Americans or just Arizonans.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:57 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Advocacy Group Asks Fed To Extend Critical Habitat For Endangered Jaguars

Macho B was the last known wild jaguar in the U.S. He was intentionally captured by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in AZ in 2009. He was later euthanized by wildlife officials.
AZ Daily Star

An environmental advocacy group wants the federal government to add millions of acres to a proposed habitat expansion program for endangered jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Boom, Bust, Boom: Flagstaff Author Bill Carter Explores The Effects Of Copper Mining

Arizona currently supplies about half of the copper used in the U.S. But, mining doesn't come without significant impact on the environment and the people who live and work in mining towns. Flagstaff-based journalist Bill Carter has just written a book on the subject called, Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, The Metal That Runs The World. Carter told Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl he got the idea after the vegetables he was growing in his backyard in Bisbee started to make him sick.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:50 am
Wed October 10, 2012

"Wrenched": Documentary Film Chronicles Edward Abbey's Monkey Wrenching Legacy

Edward Abbey
Terrence Moore

The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival begins today. This year's event will feature more than a dozen environmental documentaries including, "Wrenched", by Jerome filmmaker ML Lincoln. The film picks up where Edward Abbey's iconic novel The Monkey Wrench Gang left off, chronicling Abbey's legacy of environmental civil disobedience. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl spoke with ML Lincoln about the project.

GFK: For people who may not be award of Edward Abbey's philosophy about the environment and the natural world, what is it?

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Local Headlines
2:17 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Hopi Tribe Formally Opposes Little Colorado Resort And Tramway Project

Over the weekend, the Hopi Tribal Council unanimously agreed to approve a resolution formally opposing the development of the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade project. Tribal officials say the area in which the development is planned is an ancient sacred site where modern Hopis continue to go to leave prayer offerings. Hopi Vice Chairman Herman Honanie says the location is "unacceptable to Hopi religious leaders, practitioners and the Hopi people". He says the Hopi tribe has original title and use of the area.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:13 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Navajo Chapter Vote May Pave Way For Grand Canyon Tramway

A Navajo Nation Chapter House passed a resolution Wednesday that may pave the way for a resort and tramway along the Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Food Justice: An Interview With Gary Nabhan About Borderland Foods

U of A

One of the founders of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University is out with a new study on borderland foods. Gary Nabhan - now with the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona - has just published a study about the geopolitical disparity along the U.S./Mexico border in terms of poverty and food supply. He told KNAU's Gillian Ferris Kohl that more than a dozen researchers went into the field on both sides of the border to look at this schism.

KNAU and Arizona News
9:53 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Flagstaff Cinematographer Reels in Emmy For "Deadliest Catch"

Cinematographer Matt Fahey, right, near Kodiak, Alaska, with deckhand Nick Morrow.
Matt Fahey

The Primetime Emmys aired last night. And a Flagstaff-based cinematographer won an award for his work on the Discovery Channel's hit show, "Deadliest Catch".

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

A Modern Twist On The Ancient Practice Of Food Gleaning

Camp Verde is a small town in between Phoenix and Flagstaff. With its rich soil, a river running through it and today's light rain, it's a hot spot for farmers. And Fred Wong has some of the best crops in town.

"Swiss chard, kale, beets, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, watermelons, cantelope. Camp Verde is good for everything here."

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:24 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Good Bye Alarm Clock: KNAU's Gillian Ferris Kohl Salutes The People Who Work In The Dark

Today is KNAU's Gillian Ferris Kohl's last day as Morning Edition Host. She's not going anywhere...she's moving into a full time reporting position at the station. But, for the last 8 years, Gillian has gotten up in the dark to produce and host Morning Edition. And as a farewell to the show, she produced this audio postcard saluting some of the other people who work in the wee hours. And of course, we've got to start with coffee and pastries straight from the oven.