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.


Arts & Life
4:12 am
Sat February 25, 2012

In Tombstone, The O.K. Corral Still Looms Large

Tourists in Tombstone visit the O.K. Corral exhibits.
Gillian Ferris Kohl

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 2:18 pm

In the late 1880s, a silver strike turned the dusty town of Tombstone, Ariz., into a cosmopolitan hot spot. There were casinos, oyster bars and shops filled with the latest Paris fashions.

But when the silver ran out, Tombstone almost died. Only one thing has kept it alive for the past century: the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corral, re-enacted daily.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:38 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Wyatt Earp Secures Arizona's Place In Silver Screen History

 Today marks Arizona’s 100th anniversary of statehood. And throughout this centennial year KNAU will bring you stories of some of Arizona’s most notable events, places and characters. This morning, we start with Wyatt Earp. He became a legend in the late 1800’s after the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone. Since then, Earp has captivated the imaginations of people all over the world, including Hollywood filmmakers. Arizona Public Radio’s Gillian Ferris Kohl brings us the story of how Wyatt Earp secured Arizona’s place in silver screen history.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Summer Foods With a Northern Arizona Twist

The History of the Ice Cream Cone Runs Deep in Flagstaff

Today, KNAU begins a series on summer foods with a northern Arizona twist. Our first story focuses on the history of the ice cream cone, which, as Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports, has deep ties to Flagstaff.

Tough Tomatoes

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:39 am
Thu February 2, 2012

KNAU Newscast January 10, 2011

KNAU and Arizona News
6:23 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Rare Martian Meteorite Now In Arizona

The Tissint Martian Meteorite
L. Garvie ASU

The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University has announced the acquisition of a new and very rare sample for its collection...a freshly fallen Martian Meteorite. It will soon be the centerpiece of an exhibit at ASU. Meenakshi Wadhwa is the director of ASU's Center for Meteorite Study and she spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl about why this rock is so special.

KNAU and Arizona News
1:32 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Navajo Nation Pipeline Installation To Begin In Spring

 The installation phase for a pipeline that will bring drinking water to some of the Navajo Nation’s most remote communities is about to begin. Arizona Public Radio’s Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

Installation will start this spring on the Navajo Gallup Water project on the eastern edge of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. It’s the cornerstone of a 2005 water settlement between the tribe and the federal government over use of waters from the San Juan River. Pat Page is with the Bureau of Reclamation, which is managing the project.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:01 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Flagstaff Mayor Sara Presler To Serve As General Counsel For Southwest Windpower

  Flagstaff Mayor Sara Presler only has a few months left in office before stepping down from the position. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports, Presler's already found her next job.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:11 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Jon Huntsman Disqualified From AZ Primary Ballot

 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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KNAU and Arizona News
6:27 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Arizona's Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain in Limbo

KNAU/Arizona Public Radio


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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

iPad App Highlights the Aerial Photography of Flagstaff Geologist Michael Collier

Buzzard at Saline Valley
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.