Kristin Gourlay

Health Care Reporter

Kristin Espeland Gourlay joined Rhode Island Public Radio in July 2012. Before arriving in Providence, Gourlay covered the environment for WFPL Louisville, KY’s NPR station. And prior to that, she was a reporter and host for Wyoming Public Radio.

Gourlay earned her MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and her BA in anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

She’s won multiple national, regional, and local awards for her reporting, and her work has aired on NPR and stations throughout the country. She’s particularly proud of the variety of protective clothing she’s had to wear on assignment, including helmets, waders, safety goggles, and snowshoes.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Gourlay loves music, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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The Pulse
4:28 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Lifespan Mum On Medicaid Cuts; Waiting For Details Of Incentive Plan

As Gov. Gina Raimondo's "Reinvent Medicaid" task force rockets toward the finish line, having recently spelled out more details about how the group recommends finding nearly $90 million dollars in savings from the program, they bring with them plenty of vocal feedback from health care stakeholders around the state. One hospital system, Care New England, has been a more dominant voice at the table, with the group's leader, Dennis Keefe, co-chairing the task force. The voice of the state's largest hospital system, Lifespan, has been less audible.

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RI News
2:06 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

National Advocacy Org. Wins Second Chance To Sue DCYF

  Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families faces a renewed challenge in court by national children’s advocacy group Children’s Rights. The suit alleges DCYF isn’t protecting the children in its care.

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The Pulse
4:11 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Medicaid Cuts: A First Look At Where They'll Come From

Members of Gov. Gina Raimondo's Reinvent Medicaid task force huddled for hours Wednesday to go over nearly three dozen initiatives designed to save Medicaid money. Their goal: find $90 million dollars in savings for Medicaid, the state's medical assistance program for the poor.

Here's a run down of where the effort is headed, straight from the fourth floor board room at CCRI in Warwick, where the meeting was held.

As anticipated, the biggest savings are projected to come from institutional health care providers.

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RI News
12:53 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Portrait Exhibit Features Children Waiting For Adoption

Portraits of children awaiting adoption, from Adoption Rhode Island's Heart Gallery, on display in Providence City Hall.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Hundreds of children are awaiting adoption in Rhode Island. Now some of their portraits are on display at an exhibit in Providence City Hall.

16 portraits of smiling Rhode Island children between the ages of eight and 19 are hanging now in the city’s tax collection office. It’s not exactly what you’d expect to find when you go to pay your bill.  But Adoption Rhode Island head Darlene Allen says she hopes the portraits will raise awareness about the need for more adoptive families.

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The Pulse
1:14 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Donate Life, And More Ways to Help Others Live Healthier

In honor of Donate Life month (a yearly celebration of organ donors and recipients), I thought I'd offer a few suggestions for helping someone else lead a healthy life in Rhode Island, including how to donate organs and tissue.

But first, some facts:

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