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.

Ways To Connect

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.