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.

Pages

Health
6:15 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Drug Database Gets Little Use From Pharmacists

State health officials want to know if low use of a prescription drug database is leading to more deaths in North Carolina.

A majority of state pharmacists and doctors are not checking a drug registry that every pharmacy must report to. Some lawmakers say that can enable some people to abuse highly addictive drugs. Last year, more than one thousand North Carolinians died of pharmaceutical overdoses. William Bronson runs the database for the state Department of Health and Human Services. He says it may not be fair to blame pharmacists for not monitoring their patients' drugs.

Read more
Military
6:10 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Charity Groups Aid Military Families for Holidays

State charity groups are ramping up efforts to help the troops this holiday season. Thanksgiving begins a time when many people say thank you to military personnel by giving help and holiday cheer. Operation Homefront Carolinas in Charlotte helps by easing financial burdens for military families. Jane Weaver-Sobel is executive director.

Jane Weaver-Sobel: "They skype..they email..they talk to each other. They know when there's a stress at home and we don't want these guys to worry about it so we'll take care of the family while they do their mission and get home."

Read more
Business & Economy
7:55 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Roads Expected To Be Busier This Holiday

You won't be alone if you're planning on driving to your destination this Thanksgiving holiday. Triple-A Carolinas says there will be more than 1-point-1 million North Carolinians on the roadways through the end of the week. Angela Vogel Daley is a spokeswoman for Triple-A Carolinas.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Orange County Smoking Ban Up For Vote

Orange County's board of commissioners will discuss a county-wide ban on smoking in public places at its meeting tomorrow. The county's Board of Health voted last month to recommend that smoking be prohibited in areas beyond restaurants and bars. Pam Diggs with the Orange County Health Department says those areas would include places where people congregate for work, transit and recreation.

Read more
Business & Economy
5:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

RDU Offers Traveler Rewards Program

Passengers who travel through Raleigh-Durham Airport will have a chance to earn rewards for their business.

Things will get really busy very soon at RDU Airport.

Michael Landguth: "Friday actually kicks off the busiest travel period of the year for RDU so we want to introduce a new program."

Read more
Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Veterans Honored In Chapel Hill Ceremony

America's veterans were honored today at a ceremony in Chapel Hill.

Master of Ceremony: World War II

Gurnal Scott: One by one...their conflicts were called.

Master of Ceremony: Korea

And those who served stood at attention.

Read more
Business & Economy
4:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

New Master Plan For RTP

Research Triangle Park leaders have rolled out a new master plan to transform the business center into a more community-friendly atmosphere. 

Gurnal Scott: You may not realize that RTP has been around 53 years. Its foundation says it must look beyond its original vision of business innovation to grow in the next half century. CEO Bob Geolas says job growth is still a top priority.

Read more
Health
5:10 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Child Death Rate Continues Decline

The North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force has released new details about the state's death rate among children.

Task force executive director Elizabeth Hudgins says deaths of kids from birth to age 17 have hit a new low.

Elizabeth Hudgins: "Now there's about 57 deaths per 100-thousand children."

Read more
Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Goldman Asks Media To Refocus On Auditor's Race

Republican Debra Goldman held a news conference today to ask media to keep personal matters out of her campaign for State Auditor.

Read more
Environment
2:25 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Search Continues For Missing Tall Ship Captain

The Coast Guard is continuing its search for the missing captain of the tall ship that sank off North Carolina's coast. The replica ship HMS Bounty went down in wind and waves stirred up by Hurricane Sandy. 63-year-old Robin Walbridge has not been seen since Monday. Searchers rescued 14 of the ship's crew. One crew member died. Petty Officer Brandyn Hill is a Coast Guard spokesman. He says they look at several factors before opting to continue a search.

Read more

Pages