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 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 making music, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, dogs, and cat.

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Addiction and Recovery
5:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Silver Boom: Senior Substance Abuse Grows, Resources Lag

Sam Bynum at The Anchor Center in Pawtucket, RI.
Credit Felicia Lesnett / The Providence Center

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60.  In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island,” we’re looking this week at how the state will take care of this expanding older population, and how it can benefit from it. Here’s an in-depth look at the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction among seniors, beginning at a community recovery center in Pawtucket.

Sam Bynum wasn’t born an alcoholic. But, like many alcoholics will tell you, the signs were there early on.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
4:30 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: Share Your Stories of Navigating Long Term Care

Are you caring for aging parents, or an aging spouse? Have you had to find a long term care option? What was helpful? What do you wish you had known before you started?

Please share your experiences and join the discussion in our comments section below.

Health Care
2:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: Fight Isolation with Interdependence, Says Taylor

Catherine Taylor, Director, Division of Elderly Affairs
Credit Division of Elderly Affairs

Catherine Taylor, Director of Rhode Island's Division of Elderly Affairs, joined us in our studio earlier to help us kick off our series, The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island. You'll find a link to listen to that interview below.

She also sent us these thoughts about how Rhode Island seniors can break out of isolation and find help.

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The Pulse
12:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: 1 in 4 Will Be 60+ By 2030

By 2030, a quarter of Rhode Islanders will be 60 or older.

 

Health Care
1:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to institute a national background check for nursing home workers. Federal grant money – and some extra costs for nursing homes – are at stake.

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The Pulse
5:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Should Smokers Pay More for Health Insurance?

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers will be able to charge smokers up to 50% more than non-smokers for health insurance. Fair or not, a Politico article points out how difficult that policy might be to enforce - and not simply because smokers could lie. For instance:

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RI News
8:47 am
Mon March 4, 2013

The Wearin' of the Green in RI

Clover
Credit courtesy NPR.org

The season of St. Patrick’s has already kicked off in Rhode Island. Pawtucket’s annual parade stepped off on Saturday. Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day parade gets marching on Saturday, March 16.  And Providence’s parade takes place next Saturday. Sister Anne Keefe has been named this year’s Grand Marshal for the Providence parade. She’s recognized for her work in social justice and human rights, including chairing the Providence Human Rights Commission and co-founding the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Sen. Miller Health Reform Bill Tackles Costs, Transparency

Rhode Island Sen. Josh Miller has introduced a wide-ranging health care reform bill he hopes will give consumers more information about the costs and quality of the care they receive.

Miller’s bill tries to tackle several major health care reform goals the state has been moving towards in one package. It includes strategies to rein in health care costs and boost consumer access to information about those costs.

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Gun Legislation in RI
5:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

AG Kilmartin on Gun Background Checks, New Legislation

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin in the RIPR studio.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

There’s a lot of talk on Smith Hill this week about guns, including several new bills that aim to tighten gun ownership and possession laws. We sat down with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to learn more about how his office is contributing to the gun conversation. One major issue is Rhode Island’s participation in the national gun background check databases.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

House Considers Banning Fake Marijuana, Bath Salts

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The General Assembly is scheduled to hear testimony today on legislation banning drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts. The proposed legislation comes from Rhode Island's Attorney General.

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