Gillian Ferris

News Director and Managing Editor

Gillian came to KNAU in 2001 as a freelance reporter after careers as a river cook, baker and teacher. Her first story won an Arizona Associated Press Award. Since then, Gillian has won more than a dozen regional and national Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in feature reporting, writing, editing and documentary work. She served as the local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition for well over a decade before becoming news director and managing editor at KNAU. As much as she loves reporting, Gillian has found her true soul work in editing and producing other journalists’ work. When not in the newsroom, she’s outside hiking, surfing, playing disc golf, running rivers and hanging out with her beloved dogs and friends.

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The Arizona Department of Health Service has suspended some transfers of patients from other states as the state’s hospitals admit an increasing number of COVID-19 patients.

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Turkeys have been an important food staple in the Southwest for centuries. But the native varieties bear little resemblance to the plump turkeys of today.

Poetry Friday: Reflecting Beauty

Nov 13, 2020

In this week’s Poetry Friday segment, KNAU listener and our dedicated seasonal poet Rob Bettaso returns to the airwaves with an original poem about autumn. Rob often looks to nature for inspiration. And in this week’s poem, Two Tired Birds, he explores the idea of beauty and its reflection. 

Poetry Friday: The Cheerless Cheerleader And Devil Mom: Halloween In The Pandemic

Oct 30, 2020
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Families are rethinking Halloween this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Is Trick or Treating safe? Is it even happening? What’s the best way see friends? In this week’s Poetry Friday segment, Amy Fuller and her 9 year old daughter Emmerson discuss their game plan for Halloween night – from costumes to hand sanitizer – and they bring us a spooky poetic duet.

Poetry Friday: Change

Oct 23, 2020

Poet and activist Austin Davis returns to the airwaves for this week’s installment of Poetry Friday. Through the pandemic, he’s been writing a lot of poems about the inevitability - and discomfort - of change, and its effect on love, memory and loss. Today, Austin shares one of his new works from his latest collection of poetry.