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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RI News
8:30 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

The Governor's 2016 Budget: A Deeper Look At Health Care And Education

Credit Don Borman

  Gov. Gina Raimondo gave her first State of the State address last night, unveiling her first budget.

Explore the governor's budget online.

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On Politics
8:22 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Gov. Gina Raimondo's 2016 Budget Address

Here's the full text of Gov. Gina Raimondo's budget address, given Thursday evening in the Statehouse.

Speaker Mattiello, Senate President Paiva Weed, Members of the General Assembly, the Judiciary, the Cabinet, City and Town Leaders, and my fellow Rhode Islanders.

Good Evening. It is an honor to stand before you to address how we can work together to expand opportunities for all Rhode Islanders and create jobs.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

How Will Health Care Fare In The Governor's Budget?

Gov. Gina Raimondo is scheduled to deliver her first State of The State address tonight. The address will give Rhode Islanders their first look at the governor’s spending priorities for the coming fiscal year.

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The Pulse
3:53 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Tackling State-Federal Conflicts Over Medical Marijuana

Marijuana plant
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In the past few weeks, two medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island have faced legal problems arising from their use of the substance. The cases hinge on a conflict between federal and state laws. Now, new federal legislation seeks to address the problem.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Teamsters, RI Hospital Negotiations Stall

Negotiations continue between Rhode Island Hospital and employees with the Teamsters union. The latest round of talks ended in another stalemate.

The Teamsters represent about 2500 nursing assistants, food service, and other workers at Rhode Island Hospital. They’ve threatened to strike if negotiators can’t agree on job protections and wage hikes, as well as improvements to their retirement plan.

RI News
3:55 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

HUD Audit: RI Should Repay $1.4 Million In Foreclosure Program Funds

Areas targeted for assistance through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Credit RI Department of Administration / Division of Planning

Rhode Island housing officials are unable to justify how they spent some federal funds meant for low income housing. That’s one of the findings of a U.S Housing and Urban Development agency audit of the program.

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The Pulse
3:32 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Experts To Brief Lawmakers On Hep C In RI; Cost Of Treatment Likely To Come Up During Budget Talks

Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drug Sovaldi costs more than $80,000 for a full course of treatment. Gilead says it's justified because the drug has reportedly high cure rates.
Credit Gilead Sciences

Experts on hepatitis C will present to lawmakers next Tuesday about the disease and how to prevent its spread in the Ocean State. Their presentation comes as state officials look for ways to pay for the growing cost of hepatitis C medications.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Hunting For Alzheimers Vaccine, Researchers Turn To Public

Brain researchers are hoping more Rhode Islanders will enroll in the state’s Alzheimers Disease prevention registry. The goal is to find candidates for clinical trials to find new therapies for Alzheimers.

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Health Care
9:01 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Lawmakers Try Again To Legalize Marijuana

Cannabis plant
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Rhode Island lawmakers have once again introduced legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Proponents want to tax and regulate the drug like alcohol.

Lawmakers have been trying to pass marijuana legalization laws for years. This time they can point to the experiences of several other states that have already passed such laws. The Senate bill would make it legal for anyone 21 and older to have up to an ounce of pot, or grow a couple of plants at home. It would also allow retailers to sell marijuana, as long as they include a safety warning.

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Health Care
7:48 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Researchers Launch Clinical Trial For New Alzheimer's Treatment

Researchers are launching a new clinical trial for treatments that could prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The trial is one of many Alzheimer's-related projects underway in the Ocean State.

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