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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Health
5:13 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Workers Who Died On The Job Remembered

Friends gathered in Raleigh to remember workers killed on the job
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a memorial observance by friends of North Carolina workers who died on the job.

Friends of workers who died on the job honored their memory in Raleigh.   An observance of what they're calling Workers' Memorial Day included people reciting the names of employees killed on the job in North Carolina. 

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Business & Economy
5:37 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

American Tobacco Trail's I-40 Pedestrian Bridge Goes Up This Weekend

An artist rendering of the ATT bridge over I-40.
Credit City of Durham

Structural engineers will put a pedestrian bridge over I-40 this weekend.  Work crews will stay busy overnight Sunday to install the addition to the historic American Tobacco Trial.  The bridge is a major step in adding four miles to the American Tobacco Trail that connects the existing portion to a stretch that ends at the Chatham County line.

Ed Venable, an engineer on the bridge placement project,  says I-40 will have to be shut down to put this bridge --  now in four sections -- in place.

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Health
8:00 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Johnston County Teens Hold Safe Driving Summit

Credit State Farm Insurance, via Flickr, Creative Commons

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a multi-county discussion about safety among teen drivers.

Johnston County teenagers will lead a discussion today aimed at stopping deadly crashes involving young drivers.  Organizers of the Teen Driving Summit will welcome students from 12 other counties to discuss safer driving practices among teens.  Johnston County currently has the 4th highest number of deaths among high school-age drivers. 


Lynda Carroll is with the county's Teen Driving Committee.  She says the dialogue will focus on five areas of risky behavior behind the wheel.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

State Leaders Propose Transportation Funding Changes

State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a proposed change in project funding for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Governor Pat McCrory wants a new method of funding transportation projects in order to spur economic growth.  He says the way the state has approached transportation projects has not favored areas that need an economic boost.

"We have struggled to keep pace with the needs of our growing areas and to bring jobs to our most economic-challenges areas of this state.  So right now it's time to think differently," McCrory says.

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Education
3:55 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

UNC Greensboro Mass Casualty Drill Takes On New Weight After Boston Attacks

Credit UNC Greensboro Office of Emergency Management

UNC Greensboro students and staff will be among the participants in a mass casualty drill on campus tomorrow morning.  Organizers are using a tornado aftermath scenario to see how first responders react in a crisis situation with injuries. The drill comes just two days after a real-life scenario unfolded in Boston, where two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 100.

Susan Hannah,  an instructor at UNC Greensboro's School of Nursing, says the drill was planned before the real-life emergency played out in Boston.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Coastal Plain Counties Praised For Conservation Efforts

Coastal plain counties where groundwater levels are improving.
Credit NC Division of Water Resources

Officials with the state Division of Water Resources say a new report shows great improvement in groundwater levels over a 15-county area in eastern North Carolina. According to state officials, deep-well, freshwater aquifers in the coastal plain have to stay above full capacity to keep from mixing with saltwater.  If they were to mix, cities would have to spend money to filter out saltwater to make their water is safe to drink.

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Business & Economy
8:41 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Alligator River Bridge Re-Opened

State transportation crews make repairs to the Alligator River bridge.
Credit NCDOT

The Alligator River Bridge in Tyrrell and Dare counties is once again open to traffic.  The U.S. Highway 64 swing bridge was reopened to traffic late Sunday evening after being closed for the better part of two weeks.  The Alligator River bridge is a major connection between the Outer Banks and mainland North Carolina. 

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Military
5:01 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Fort Bragg Cancels 4th Of July Celebration

Credit Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg has held its annual 4th of July celebration for more than three decades. The event that Parade Magazine placed on its 2011 'bucket list' of essential American experiences has been canceled.  Post officials say sequestration cuts that took effect last month forced the move.  Spokesman Tom McCollum says the celebration has been a popular tradition.

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Law
6:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

State Attorney General Disturbed By Increasing Domestic Violence Deaths

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit N.C. Democratic Party

State Attorney General Roy Cooper says he's concerned about an increase in domestic violence deaths in North Carolina last year. 

State law requires police agencies to report domestic violence deaths to the SBI.  Cooper says the 122 deaths last year are 16 more than in 2011.  He called the increase "disturbing" and urged the state to do more to stop these crimes before they happen. Wake County had the highest number of domestic violence deaths at 11, followed by Mecklenburg and Guilford counties with eight and six respectively. 

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Politics & Government
6:21 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Auditor's Report Questions Princeville's Money Management

Princeville historic marker as the first established community by freed Blacks
Credit N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources

The state Auditor says two Princeville town officials misspent public money. 

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