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

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The future of health care for the poor, a review of Rhode Island’s criminal justice system, and politicking in Vermont…that’s part of the conversation this week on Political Roundtable. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay hosts; Ian Donnis is away. We're joined, as always, by URI political science professor Maureen Moakley and RIPR's political analyst Scott MacKay.

Rhode Island State Archives

Have you submitted your Rhode Island tourism slogan yet? If not, there's still time! The deadline is Tuesday, July 14. We've already received some fabulous submissions from some very creative Rhode Islanders.

For the rest of you, here's a little inspiration.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The contract for more than two thousand union nurses and technicians at Rhode Island Hospital has been extended through the end of July while the two sides continue negotiations. Union organizers have authorized a strike, although it hasn’t come to that yet.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo’s Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid has released the second and final piece of its plan to trim millions of dollars from the state’s health insurance program for the poor. It lays out several targets for transforming the system from one based on fee-for-service payments to one based on paying doctors to keep patients healthy. Rhode Island Public Radio's Kristin Gourlay joins host Chuck Hinman in the studio to talk about that plan and how it may affect patients and health care providers.

Ken Hammond / USDA

Rhode Island has certified its first lactation consultant. Breastfeeding experts have been helping new mothers for a long time. But this is the first state licensure in the nation.