You may wake up to her voice each day on WHRV’s Morning Edition, but who is this fascinating person behind the voice? We sat down with Gina Gambony to get to know her a little better. In this brief interview, learn about her interests, pet peeves and love of puppets.

What do you love the most about living in eastern Virginia?

I love the history and diversity of ideas and backgrounds in Hampton Roads. I love my job. I’m also impressed with the art scene, although I don’t have nearly enough time to enjoy it.

What’s the hardest thing to get used to?

I am not a fan of bridges, tunnels and traffic. My husband is still in North Carolina, and adjusting to the distance has been a process. Luckily, it’s not too far.

What was the first touristy thing you did after moving here?

The Norfolk Botanical Gardens. It was lovely.

I have to ask, what time do you get up and what time do you go to bed?

My schedule is not hard-fast, as it probably ought to be. I generally have a nap around noon that can last up to 4 hours (is it still a nap at that length?). I edit and prepare news in the evenings, starting around 10:00. I try to be in bed by midnight. I generally wake up at 4:00 am.

Just the Facts
College: UNCW & Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
Degree: B.A. in Philosophy & Religion, emphasis in Philosophy, and Education
Married: Yes
Kids: Yes
Place of Birth: Illinois
Siblings: 4 brothers, 4 sisters
Pets: 2 cats
Left or Right Handed: Right
Favorite Craft: Wool felting
Favorite Craft Beer: Beer that tastes like Guinness
Go-To Comfort Food: Cream of Wheat
Stones or the Beatles: Stones
Favorite Authors: Milan Kundera, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, Alice Walker, Hermann Hesse, Flannery O’Connor
Favorite Medieval Flemish Mystic: Jan van Ruysbroeck

Do you have news pet-peeves?

Yes, I do. My skin crawls when reporters use emotional tactics to sway listeners. I gnash my teeth when a story is clearly taking a stand on an issue that has more than one rational interpretation. I cringe when people sound like they are reading a script during an interview. Note, I likely have been guilty of all these and more.

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Gina Gambony

What’s with the puppets? Why puppets?

Once puppets come into your life, they never leave. My relationship with puppets started innocently enough in a college performance class, but it became a full-blown love affair soon after.

Are puppets art?

Puppets are a performing art, a visual art and a therapeutic art. Historically, puppets have been a form of political expression. Perhaps my favorite thing about puppets is that they can say things that people are not allowed to say (but wish they could).

What would the puppets say about this interview?

Tolliver (the fox) would say, “Is it over yet? This is boring and I’m hungry.” Then he’d start singing, “My Way” loudly, in the style of the Sex Pistols.

You can hear Gina every morning on WHRV's Morning Edition.