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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Law
10:01 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Friends, Colleagues Honor Julius Chambers' Legacy

Julius Chambers
Credit Ferguson, Chambers and Sumter

Friends and the state's legal community are honoring the life of Julius Chambers who died last week.  He was 76 years old. 

Chambers was active in the 1960s Civil Rights movement, founding the law firm that became North Carolina's first integrated practice.  A statement from the Ferguson, Chambers and Sumter firm said Chambers argued eight cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and won all of them. 

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Environment
5:47 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Researchers Unveil New Program That May Predict Storm Landfall

NOAA satellite picture of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. A new hurricane predictor model unveiled at Coastal Carolina University is named for the storm that hit South and North Carolina.
Credit NOAA

Weather forecasters may soon have a new tool that could predict a hurricane's landfall more accurately. Researchers at Coastal Carolina University say the Hurricane Genesis and Outlook -- or HUGO -- project uses climate factors and data from previous storm seasons to predict where a storm will hit up to five days in advance. 

The new model could mean more focused information when it comes to coastal evacuations.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

UNC And Duke Receive $3.6 Million For Breast Cancer Research

The pink ribbon is a symbol for breast cancer awareness.
Credit TipsTimes

UNC- Chapel Hill and Duke researchers will share national grant money to further breast cancer studies. Ten programs at the schools will get $3.6 million from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The research will investigate causes and develop vaccines.

Pam Kohl, the director of Komen's Triangle to the Coast affiliate, says this funding can be as important to scientists as it is to patients. Kohl points to Komen Scholar Kimberly Blackwell of Duke as one of those who benefited.

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Politics & Government
9:08 am
Thu August 1, 2013

New Law Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

Credit dikiy via Flickr, Creative Commons

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Health
5:52 am
Wed July 31, 2013

State Health Director Laura Gerald Resigns

Dr. Laura Gerald
Credit NC Division of Public Health

State Health Director Dr. Laura Gerald has resigned from that post effective immediately. 

A release from the Department of Health and Human Services said Secretary Aldona Vos accepted the resignation Tuesday.  Gerald served as state health director for the past 18 months.

In a correspondence sent to DHHS employees, Vos thanked Gerald for her service and wished her well on her future endeavors. The secretary also announced temporary replacements in the Division of Public Health

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Politics & Government
4:31 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

State Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan To Step Down

Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan
Credit N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on Gov. Pat McCrory's comments about the resignation of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan.

Kieran Shanahan will step down as state public safety secretary in less than a week.   Shanahan was among then-Governor-elect Pat McCrory's first cabinet appointees.

In his resignation letter, Shanahan said he told the governor last December that his service hinged on two factors: his legal career and his wife's military career.  Lisa Shanahan is receiving a Naval promotion to Rear Admiral and he said being away from his law practice was proving to be a challenge.  McCrory says he understands that.

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Politics & Government
8:45 am
Wed July 24, 2013

New Budget Puts Ferry Toll Decisions In Local Hands

One of the ferries in operation along North Carolina's coast
Credit NCDOT

Some eastern North Carolinians are pleased with an aspect of the new state budget proposal.  State legislators have left decisions on whether to charge tolls on some coastal ferry routes in the hands of local transportation planning boards.  

State Department of Transportation officials could only start the process to levy ferry ride charges if the planning boards sent in a written request.  Larry Summers is a town commissioner in Oriental.  Neuse and Pamlico ferries serve many who visit his town.

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

State DOT To Begin Repairs To Bonner Bridge

Bonner Bridge in 2008, before Hurricane
NCDOT

State Transportation Department officials have tapped a Mt. Airy company to make repairs to the Bonner Bridge on Highway 12.  The bridge in Dare County which crosses Oregon Inlet will have steel supports called "crutch bends" added to counteract years of sand erosion, or scour, that have weathered the structure. 

Pablo Hernandez, an engineer with the state DOT, says the last time this type of repair was done was more than 20 years ago.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Federal Agency To Protect Sea Turtle Habitat Along NC Coast

Loggerhead sea turtle
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are estimating the cost of designating special loggerhead sea turtle habitats along the Southeast coast.  The federal agency released a draft proposal saying it will cost $150,000 annually to protect areas in North Carolina and five other states.  

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Politics & Government
7:22 am
Mon July 8, 2013

N.C. Congressmen Take Sides On Immigration Debate

Credit U.S. House of Representatives

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on how some North Carolina congressmen feel about the immigration debate to come in the U.S. House.

Some North Carolina members of the U.S. House are taking sides as their chamber gets ready to take up immigration reform this week.   Many House Republicans on Capitol Hill disagree with the comprehensive reform plan passed by the Senate.


GOP Congressman George Holding of Raleigh says the bill doesn't go far enough to protect the border today.  He also says he doesn't think it will be effective moving forward.

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