Kristin Espeland Gourlay - CV

ABOUT

Innovative, ambitious public radio reporter with 13 years’ experience. I believe telling stories that matter is a responsibility and a privilege, and that audio stories bring experiences to life like no other medium.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Brand Journalist, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago (5/17 - present)

Responsible for developing a branded news site with journalistic values, showcasing thought leadership in healthcare. Generate leads and report stories, cultivating sources from 36 Blue Cross plans across the country, with a focus on the human experience in healthcare. Launched the Association’s first branded podcast, bringing public radio-style feature reporting into a new milieu. Coached interns and new members of the storytelling team. Develop editorial strategy, metrics, and guide coverage.

Healthcare reporter & interim news director, Rhode Island Public Radio (7/12–4/17)

As interim news director, led a diverse newsroom in daily and feature coverage, shaping the regional news conversation and breaking news. As one of the region’s only healthcare reporters, specialized in enterprise features and documentary series, often shining a light on issues such as the opioid crisis before the news became mainstream. Conceived and produced several public events related to our coverage to engage audiences.

NPR freelancer and member of NPR/local station/Kaiser Health News Partnership (2013 - 2017)

Filed assigned and pitched stories with NPR’s health desk, working with editors from NPR and Kaiser Health News. Many stories explored the opioid epidemic from fresh angles, such as this story about grief and this story about babies born dependent.                                               

Freelance Producer and Host, Lively Experiment, Rhode Island Public Television, 2013 - 2017)

Developed show topics, selected guests, wrote scripts, hosted and interviewed for weekly taped current affairs show.

Adjunct instructor, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY (2011-2012)

Designed and taught journalism and broadcasting courses. Broadcast students produced a live weekly radio newsmagazine. Advised and managed the college’s noncommercial FM station. Established a new program schedule of external and student productions. Mentored broadcast students and station staff.

Reporter and editor, WFPL, Louisville, KY (Oct. 2007 – Sept. 2010)           

Produced weekly environmental and science feature stories, news spots, and interviews. Developed region’s first environmental news network, the Ohio River Radio Consortium, uniting reporters and public radio stations throughout Ohio River Valley. Set editorial agenda; commissioned and edited work of contributing reporters. Created two-day conference for regional reporters and scientists on environmental issues, how to cover them, and working with reporters.

Reporter and host, Wyoming Public Radio (Aug. 2005 – Aug. 2007)          

Produced weekly feature stories, news spots, and interviews on general assignment, with a focus on the environment, science, and social issues. Helped design, launch, produce, and co-host the network’s first, national award-winning weekly news magazine, “Open Spaces.” Local host of Morning Edition, delivering newscasts and breaking news segments.                                  

Host and producer, Wyoming Public Television (2006 – 2007)

Frequent host and producer of live, current affairs call-in show, Wyoming Perspectives and guest interviewer for taped public affairs show, Wyoming Signatures.

Director, Employee Communications, The MONY Group, NYC (Jul. 2000 – Aug. 2004)     

Developed company’s first online employee magazine and daily e-newsletter. Wrote speeches for CEO and senior executives. Developed communications strategies for business leaders. Managed sensitive communications through two mergers and acquisitions. (Note: AXA Financial acquired The MONY Group in 2004.)

Manager, Corporate Relations, New York Cares, NYC (June 1999 – July 2000)      

Secured new corporate donors and increased donations from existing partners. Revamped curriculum and led corporate volunteerism training program. Helped plan organization’s first large-scale volunteer day for 1000 employees.

 

EDUCATION

M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (May 2005)

Concentration in broadcast journalism. Masters project: a half hour documentary about the return of wildlife to New York City, licensed for air on several public radio stations.

B.A., Lewis & Clark College (May 1994)

Majored in Anthropology. Studied abroad in Ecuador.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2016 Metcalf Media Award for series, "Children in Crisis: Child Welfare In The Ocean State"

  • 2014 National Health Journalism Fellow, a program of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

  • Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for news series, “Future Docs” (2013)

  • Multiple awards from Kentucky, Indiana, and Wyoming Associated Press Associations, including Best of Show/Overall Excellence, '05-'10

  • Fellow, SoundVision Science Literacy Project, San Francisco, CA, 2009

  • Green Eyeshade Awards, Best Feature Reporting, 2008

  • Society of Prof’l Journalists (Louisville Chapter), Best Investigative Reporting, 2008

  • PRNDI Best News/Public Affairs program, 2007 and 2008; Best Feature, 2007; Best Newsroom Series, 2013

  • Fellow, Knight Center Environmental Journalism Boot Camp, Burlington, VT, 2006

  • John M. Patterson Prize for outstanding work in radio, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2005

SKILLS AND INTERESTS

Writing and editing for broadcast, digital audio editing (Hindenburg, Adobe Audition, Audacity, ProTools), and field recording (including use of both standard mics and recorders as well as mobile apps). Fluent in French and Spanish. Experience with new platforms for storytelling and engaging audiences. Editorial planning, from the big picture to the fine details. Voice coaching. Musician (ukulele, piano, voice). Member of the Alioni Ensemble, Chicago’s Georgian choir.