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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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Mobile Emergency Alert Technology

Raleigh TV station WRAL is working on technology that would get emergency messages to you -- wherever you are.

Gurnal Scott: You're familiar with the Emergency Alert System messages on TV and radio.

EAS Test: This is only a test.

WRAL says mobile EAS messages can be sent to hand-held devices with a chip that can pick up TV signals. Steve Hammel is the station's Vice President and General manager.

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Business & Economy
4:30 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Funding For Smart Grids

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency has reached a goal to expand smart grid technology usage. Vilsack says one of the biggest challenges in rural development is the efficient delivery of power. He hopes more money the USDA has secured will help electric co-ops better serve farms and ranches.

Tom Vilsack: "We want to do a better job of working with them to make sure that their customers are as efficient with the use of their electricity and power as possible which is why smart metering makes sense."

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Education
6:25 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Hunt Touts Education At DNC

Former Governor Jim Hunt told a story of North Carolina's growth in education at the Democratic National Convention last night.

Jim Hunt made history as the state's longest serving governor. Last night, he gave a bit of a history lesson. He told delegates where North Carolina was many years ago.

Jim Hunt: "Poor, rural, and rigidly segregated."

And how far it's come...with students learning more now than ever before.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Perdue Fires Up Delegates At DNC

Governor Bev Perdue gave an early-evening welcome to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Perdue appeared yesterday -- not so much as a political force -- but as a gracious, and at times excited host.

Gov. Bev Perdue: "Do we know how to have a party? Go Democrats!"

She struggled with a strained voice through most of her five minutes on stage. Still she quickly settled into the party's talking points. Perdue has always been an advocate for education.

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Politics & Government
5:50 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Charlotte's Mayor Welcomes Delegates

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx welcomed Democrats to his city for their convention last night. Many Democrats see the two-term mayor as a rising star in the party. He talked about his beginnings and his rise to become mayor of North Carolina's largest city. Foxx said Charlotte's development mirrors the message his fellow Democrats want to take from this convention.

Science & Technology
6:30 am
Tue September 4, 2012

NC State Researchers Study Livestock Sustainability

N-C State researchers are looking at whether livestock production can keep up with the global demand.

The N-C State panel looked at what it will take to meet demand for meat, dairy and eggs as the world population grows.

"Double animal agriculture production over the next few decades, " said Kelly Zering, the professor who led the study. He says research shows it can be done.

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Business & Economy
4:45 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Controversy Over Proposed Chicken Plant In Nash County

Some Nash County residents are fighting to stop a chicken processing plant from coming to their area.

Gurnal Scott: Sanderson Farms already has a presence in Kinston.  Now it wants to bring a large poultry plant to Nash County. The Carolinas Gateway Partnership -- an economic development group -- is helping Sanderson. Partnership C-E-O John Gessaman says the company wants to go beyond its employment promise

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Politics & Government
4:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Names Of Deceased Come Off Wake Voter List

A citizens group has gotten some names cleared off Wake County voting rolls because they belong to people who have died.

Gurnal Scott: The Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina brought a list of 386 names before the Wake County Board of Elections. It said state health records showed those people have died. Elections staff confirmed it. Jay Delancy of the Voter Integrity Project says they succeeded because they were persistent.

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Politics & Government
6:50 am
Tue August 28, 2012

SEANC Withholds Endorsement For Governor

The State Employees Association of North Carolina is not making an endorsement for governor.

Gurnal Scott: The organization representing more than 50,000 state employees and retirees is holding back its support..and perhaps more importantly..its money from Democrat Walter Dalton, Republican Pat McCrory and Libertarian Barbara Howe.

Dana Cope: I think they're focused on other issues perhaps that are polling higher in this election cycle.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Group Building Health Center At Camp Lejeune

An organization that helps wounded veterans is building a center to treat brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder at Camp Lejeune.

Gurnal Scott: The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has raised 11 million dollars for the center. The fund's president David Winters says he worked with defense officials to identify Camp Lejeune and other potential sites.

David Winters: The larger bases where most of the troops are deploying out to and deploying back from overseas duty.

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