Gurnal Scott

Assistant News Director

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television.   After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there.  He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards.  In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston.  He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002.  Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio.  He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director.  In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent.  Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.


Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Artists, Events Announced For Raleigh's 'Wide Open Bluegrass' Festival

Credit IBMA

An excerpt from North Carolina bluegrass group The Grass Cats at a news conference announcing the lineup for "Wide Open Bluegrass 2013"

Organizers of the World of Bluegrass are gearing up for their inaugural year in North Carolina's capital.  They've announced many of the acts and events that will highlight the festival later this year. 

Grammy-winner Alison Krauss will join Steve Martin and North Carolina's own Steep Canyon Rangers as featured performers.  North Carolina bands like the Grass Cats and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road will also take center stage at several venues at what's being called the "Wide Open Bluegrass Festival".

But it's not just about the music.

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Business & Economy
7:44 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Raleigh Development Flourishes Thanks To Resilient Economy

Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh city officials have plans for several new residential developments in the middle of the capital city.  They say it's part of their master plan to entice not only new residents but new business downtown.

It is also an indication that Raleigh is doing well economically.  City Planning Director Mitchell Silver says residences that are on the drawing board or under construction are geared toward not just urban professionals, but families.

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Arts & Culture
6:18 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Gullah Geechee Corridor Plan Gets Federal Blessing

Restoration of a seashore farmer's lodge along the Gullah Geechee corridor.

Preservationists are welcoming federal approval of a management plan to preserve areas steeped in Gullah Geechee culture.  The U.S. Department of the Interior says the effort to promote cities and towns in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida is ready to be put into action.

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9:53 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Eight Inmates File Lawsuit Over Alleged Abuse At Central Prison

Central Prison in Raleigh
Credit Dept. of Public Safety

Advocates have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of some state prison inmates. The eight inmates at Central Prison in Raleigh wrote letters to attorneys with the state's Prisoner Legal Services agency saying officers beat them while they were restrained.  

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9:11 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Campbell University To Offer Homeland Security Degree

Campbell University
Credit Campbell University

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a first-of-its-kind four-year degree in homeland security being offered by Campbell University.

Campbell University students will become the first in North Carolina to take courses toward a major in Homeland Security.  About 50 students are already on the path to the four-year undergraduate degree. The courses will familiarize them with domestic and international terrorist groups and delve into the background of countries where terror organizations have historically formed.

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9:27 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Wildlife Resources Commission Investigates Dead, Injured Brown Pelicans

Brown pelican
Credit Sergey Yeliseev via Flickr, Creative Commons

State wildlife officials are continuing to investigate the deaths and injuries of brown pelicans along the North Carolina coast.  They say more than 200 of the birds have been found. 

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Business & Economy
7:10 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Fishermen Speak Out At Public Forum On Game Fish Bill

Red Drum caught near Brant Island Shoals in the Pamlico Sound, NC
Credit Flickr user, creative commons

A controversial House bill that would cut off commercial catching of certain types of fish was the subject of public debate Monday.   Lawmakers would reclassify red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as game fish - only caught by recreational fishermen - if House Bill 983 becomes law.

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Politics & Government
9:28 am
Mon May 6, 2013

VIDEO: Gov. McCrory Gives GOP Response To President Obama's Weekly Address

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory delivers GOP weekly address.

Gov. Pat McCrory gave a national audience a glimpse into reforms he wants to implement in North Carolina.  He delivered this past weekend's GOP response to President Obama's weekly address. 

McCrory criticized what he called Washington's "weak leadership" and urged national lawmakers to give more flexibility and accountability to states.  He says he needs that kind of freedom to implement a different approach to Medicaid reform.

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Politics & Government
8:37 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Congressman Watt Chosen For Federal Housing Post

Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC)
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

President Barack Obama has tapped a North Carolina elected official for a federal post for the second time this week.   On Wednesday, he nominated Charlotte congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency

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Politics & Government
8:56 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Charlotte Mayor Nominated For Transportation Post

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President Obama has nominated Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx to be the nation's next secretary of transportation. He would replace outgoing secretary Ray LaHood if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Foxx -- who turns 42 years old today -- is considered a "rising star" among Democrats. 

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