Gillian Coldsnow

Program Director

Gillian Coldsnow traces her radio  roots back to her early days in Singapore.  Shortly after graduation from the National University of Singapore, where she majored in English and Philosophy, Gillian began working for the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation as a classical music host and producer.  She started the country’s first classical music magazine program for children. Along the way she picked up several awards including a special commendation from the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

Gillian moved to the U.S. in 1987, first to Tillamook on the scenic Oregon coast where she hosted the morning show at KTIL-FM and AM, which had a mix of pop, big band music and news with a very strong focus on community. In 1993, she moved to Pullman to become Northwest Public Radio’s classical music host in the afternoon. In 1997, she became the Operations and Traffic Manager, then hosted Morning Edition for eight and a half years. She became Assistant Manager of Programming and Operations in 2008, before taking her current position.

She says it is a joy to provide exceptional programming for NWPR’s listeners, and believes public radio employees go to work with a strong sense of mission.  “We are paid for our minds,” she likes to say, “but we give our hearts for free.”  Gillian’s other joys come from her children, opera, cooking and travel, and her work as Board Vice President of the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center in Moscow.

Ways to Connect

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From culinary and hosting help to poetry, music and a scientific consideration of gratitude, Northwest Public Radio has a lineup of special programs to enhance your Thanksgiving!

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The next episode of Latino USA is devoted entirely to stories from the Yakima Valley - but you can get a sneak preview! Come to a Listening Party at The Seasons Performance Hall, Friday November  20th at 6 PM.

Submit your question now for  Washington Governor Jay Inslee, then listen to him discuss pressing issues facing the state in the next broadcast of Ask The Governor, Tuesday November 10, 7-8 PM on the NPR and Classical music service, and the NPR News service.

This will also air on KTNW Ch 31 (Tri-Cities) and KWSU Ch 10 (Pullman-Moscow).

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Hunting is a popular activity in Idaho, but it’s also a big money generator – now bringing in even more than the state’s famous potato industry.

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Halloween is still a month and a half away, but pumpkins began turning orange in August. Chalk it up to Washington state’s hottest summer on record.

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This summer in Washington State was its hottest on record this year. And the hottest place in the state? The Tri-Cities - Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. Temperatures there were 100 degrees for 22 days, and even hit a blistering 113 in June.


As of Sunday at noon, the fires in North Central Washington covered more than 140,000 acres, but the two largest – Chelan Complex and Wolverine – are more than 30% contained.Here’s what we know as of Sunday at 12 PM:

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What’s happening with the Okanogan Complex Fire?

As of 5 PM Saturday, the five fires in the Okanogan Complex covered more than 227,000 acres – primarily due to Friday’s expansion to the south on the Tunk Block fire, fanned by strong winds blowing north to south. 


A classically trained Shakespearean actor and the BBC’s former Hollywood correspondent,  Edmund Stone is host of one a new program on the NPR and Classical music service. The Score is a weekly celebration of music in film.  

Exciting new programs are coming your way! You'll also have extra opportunities to hear some of our most popular weekend programs.

Summer 2015 Program Schedules:

NPR and Classical music service 

NPR News service

New programs: