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.

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Business & Economy
5:19 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of NC Moving Out Of Iconic Chapel Hill Building

BCBSNC's Chapel Hill headquarters, a rhomboid-shaped glass building built in 1973.
Credit BCBSNC

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina employees will soon move out of their landmark Chapel Hill headquarters and consolidate operations in Durham. The health insurer purchased two buildings on its Durham campus where they could move employees starting in September. 

Spokesman Lew Borman says the move is expected to save the company up to $2.5 million in operating costs annually.  As for the signature building they now call home, Borman says its fate is yet to be determined.

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Politics & Government
9:29 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Senate Bill Seeks To Halt Outside Undercover Investigations

A snapshot from inside the Butterball processing facility in Hoke County,
Credit Mercy for Animals

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a state Senate bill that seeks to stop outside undercover investigations at businesses.

A bill in the state Senate could put an end to secret videos seeking to expose shoddy business practices.  The N.C Commerce Protection Act would stop advocacy groups from getting hidden-camera evidence of crimes unbeknownst to employers. 

Mercy For Animals made one such video at a Butterball plant in Hoke County in 2011 that led to charges.  The group's lead investigator Matt Rice says the bill would go beyond just animal cruelty.

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Environment
4:50 am
Fri May 31, 2013

State Leaders Push Preparedness For Hurricane Season

Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan (right) talk about the state's readiness for the 2013 hurricane season
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on North Carolina's preparation for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.

State leaders are stressing the importance of preparation for residents and themselves as hurricane season begins this weekend.   Forecasters say the 2013 Atlantic storm season could be another busy one.  

Their prediction of up to 20 named storms could surpass last year's 19.  North Carolina leaders stood along with Governor Pat McCrory to say now is the time for everyone to prepare for whatever may come.

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Sports
10:24 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Duke Men's Lacrosse Team Seizes 2nd National Title

The Blue Devils celebrated after winning their second national title.
Credit Duke University

The Duke men's lacrosse team overcame an early deficit to beat Syracuse 16-10 for its second national title.  The Blue Devils began Monday's game by missing their first 11 shots on goal.  That allowed the Orange to race out to a 5-nothing lead into the second quarter. 

Duke head coach John Danowski said he felt the pressure of the game was a factor.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Thom Tillis Backers File To Create Super PAC

Thom Tillis
Credit NCGA

A high-profile potential challenger for Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate seat is on the verge of getting some major financial support. 

Backers of North Carolina's House Speaker Thom Tillis have put together an independent committee that would support a potential bid for Hagan's seat in Congress.  Organizers of the group "Grow NC Strong" say they have filed paperwork with federal officials to create a political action committee. It would be a "super-pac" which would have no limits on raising and spending money to support Tillis, but would operate separately from any campaign Tillis organizes.

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Fri May 24, 2013

McCrory & McFarlane Support Dix Renegotiation

Site of the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Credit Dave DeWitt

Governor Pat McCrory and Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane want some extra time to decide how to utilize 325 acres of prime capital city real estate. 

The two announced today that they are backing House legislation to give the city and state another year to negotiate an agreement to re-purpose the Dorothea Dix property

Raleigh leaders want to use the land as a destination park.  McCrory says he understands and supports that.

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Health
6:27 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Audit Finds DHHS Did Not Fully Test New Computer System

Credit Tabitha Kaylee Hawk via flickr, Creative Commons

The state Auditor has found that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services did not fully test a new computer system.

The DHHS system was installed to start processing Medicaid claims beginning in July.   Beth Wood's audit found that the nearly $500 million computer system was not put through all of its paces.  The report raises questions about the software and its ability to handle Medicaid claims paid by the state that exceed $12 billion. 

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Begins Senate Confirmation Hearing

President Obama announced Mayor Anthony Foxx, of Charlotte, as his nominee for Transportation Secretary in the East Room of the White House on April 29.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx appeared today before a Senate committee as his confirmation hearing began this afternoon on Capitol Hill.  President Obama nominated the two-term Charlotte mayor last month to replace the retiring Ray LaHood as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  Senators will likely delve into his transit reforms in Charlotte during the hearing. 

In his opening statement, Foxx told the committee a story about going to his first job at age 12 by taking the number six bus after school.

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Sports
9:49 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Bringing The Buzz Back: Charlotte Seeks To Be The NBA's Hornets Again

Michael Jordan announces the effort to rename his NBA franchise
Credit NBA Entertainment/Getty Images

Charlotte's NBA franchise has begun the journey toward re-embracing the past.  Bobcats owner Michael Jordan announced Tuesday that his team is on its way to being known as the Charlotte Hornets.

Jordan said he has informed the league of his decision and feels the NBA's Board of Governors will approve the name change when they convene in July.  He says this is only the first step.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

In Wake Of Tornado, NC Attorney General Warns Of Donation Scams

Oklahoma National Guard soldiers and airmen respond to a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013.
Credit Sgt. 1st Class Kendall James, OK National Guard

North Carolina's Attorney General is warning state residents to not be swindled in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy.  Roy Cooper says he understands that there are many North Carolinians who want to help the people of Oklahoma, but he urges people to do their homework because there are scammers who see the Midwestern tragedy as an opportunity to take your money.

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