Kristin Espeland Gourlay - CV


Innovative, ambitious health care reporter with 11 years’ public radio experience. I inhale health media, cultivate a broad range of sources, and seek stories at the intersection of personal experience and policy. 


Health care reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio (July 2012 – present)

I cover health care in Rhode Island and the region, specializing in enterprise features and series. Recently completed a USC Annenberg National Health Journalism Fellowship, resulting in an eight-part, multimedia series: “At the Crossroads: The Rise of Hepatitis C and the Fight to Stop It.” A March 2014 one-hour documentary, “Killer Drugs,” examined the region’s opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. My 2015 series about the child welfare system in Rhode Island won a Metcalf award. My 2013 series “Future Docs,” which won a regional Edward R. Murrow award, followed two second-year medical students for a year to explore how medical education is adapting to a changing health care landscape.                                                     

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.

Freelance journalist (2010 – 2011)

Wrote for print magazine TOPS In Lex, and produced audio profiles for the Good Lives, Good Lives podcast.

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.



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.



·     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


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. Some 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).