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.

Ways to Connect

John Bender

At a time of increasing debate over racial, religious and political divides, Rhode Islanders share their experiences of reaching beyond the differences that keep many communities apart.

In this ongoing series, we meet people like Adewole Akinbi and Heather Gaydos, whose professional relationship has evolved into something more like family after the death of a co-worker. We also meet a former gang member, Jose Rodriguez, who has become friends with the Providence police officer who once hassled him on the streets.

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State lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would give Rhode Islander workers access to paid sick leave. Supporters say more than 40 percent of the state’s workforce doesn’t currently have this benefit.

The proposed bill would allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, for a total of seven days per year. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Aaron Regunberg, says the measure makes sense.

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What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, Feb. 7:

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State lawmakers plan a hearing Tuesday on the potential impacts of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Health officials, consumers, and insurers are among those scheduled to testify.

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The Rhode Island ACLU is demanding details from U.S. Customs and Border officials on how they are handling President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The move is a coordinated freedom of information request with multiple states.

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Since President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, many refugees are in limbo. They’re waiting abroad, and some of their family members are waiting for them here.

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If the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a replacement, hospitals in Rhode Island could take a hit. 

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Right across from the Johnston Town Hall is the home of the Autism Project, a nonprofit that helps kids with autism spectrum disorder learn to cope with their condition. 

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Free bus rides for seniors and disabled Medicaid users end Wednesday. These riders will now pay fifty cents a ride. But the state Department of Elderly Affairs may be able to help offset some of the cost.

Miriam Hospital

 What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, Jan. 31:

OBAMACARE: Today is the last day to sign up for an Obamacare plan on HealthSource RI if you want to be covered this year. It’s not clear what will happen to Obamacare or the health insurance exchanges, but there have been reports that people who sign up for coverage on the exchanges for this year may be able to keep that coverage.

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This week our series "One Square Mile" is shining a light on the town of Johnston. You can’t talk about Johnston without talking about Italians, and some would say you can’t talk about Italians without talking about Italian food. We talk to one expert: a 92-year-old woman who, by her granddaughter's estimate, has made 100,000 meatballs in her lifetime.

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President Donald Trump’s executive order to stop the flow of refugees into the country has some social service agencies worried in Rhode Island. 

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People with Down Syndrome are living longer than they ever have before. But with that good news comes a troubling statistic. 

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The owner of Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket will be donating the for profit hospital to its foundation. That means Landmark could once again be a nonprofit entity.

Courtesy Sheldon Whitehouse office

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is introducing legislation to expand the Affordable Care Act. The bill comes just after President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way to repeal the health care act. It would create a public option, or a government negotiated health insurance plan, for people who want an alternative to commercial plans. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay spoke with Whitehouse about the bill and its chances in a Republican-led congress.

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