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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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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Law
5:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Governor Orders Revision Of Prison Home Leave Policies

Credit Dept. of Public Safety

State prison inmates will soon find it tougher to make home visits as their sentences wind down.  Governor Pat McCrory ordered a review of the program the Department of Public Safety has used for over four decades to reacclimate inmates to life outside prison walls.  He approved four recommendations he and DPS leaders believe may cut back on parolees returning to prison. 

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Politics & Government
5:58 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Anthony Foxx Resigns As Charlotte Mayor To Take Transportation Post

President Obama nominates Anthony Foxx (center) to be the nation's next transportation secretary.
Credit The White House

Anthony Foxx is scheduled to be sworn in as the nation's 17th Secretary of Transportation.  He stepped down from his old job as mayor of North Carolina's largest city on Monday. 

Foxx called a special meeting of the Charlotte City Council to say goodbye to the city he has led for the past four years.

"Thank you for what you've given me," Foxx said.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Hagan Votes 'Yes', Burr Votes 'No' On Immigration Reform

Credit hagan.senate.gov

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan was among the supporters helping to pass an immigration reform plan proposed by a bipartisan group of her colleagues.  The Senate voted 68-32 in favor of the bill introduced by the Senate's so-called 'Gang of Eight' as a way to provide a path to citizenship for more than 11 million people who entered the country illegally. 

Hagan says she spoke with many North Carolinians who urged her to support the bill and said it will benefit the nation on several fronts.

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Environment
5:06 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Report: North Carolina Beach Water Quality Among The Nation's Best

A beach near Wilmington, NC.
Credit libby via flickr, Creative Commons

Environmental advocates say North Carolina's beaches fared well in their latest water quality study.  The Natural Resources Defense Council's 2012 "Testing The Waters" report examined many of the nation's beaches for levels of pollution. 

NRDC researchers found that two percent of samples from North Carolina beaches registered higher than the state's maximum bacterial limit.  Jon Devine, a senior attorney with the NRDC, says states like North Carolina are taking steps to stop bacterial contamination.

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Business & Economy
4:37 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Red Hat Celebrates Opening Of New Raleigh Offices

Gov. Pat McCrory (2nd from left) and Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst (2nd from right) open Red Hat's Raleigh headquarters.
Credit Gurnal Scott

Governor Pat McCrory joined officials with software maker Red Hat to cut the ribbon on the company's new downtown Raleigh headquarters today.  Company leaders announced a plan two years ago to move from offices on NC State's Centennial Campus to a capital city high rise. 

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Health
4:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Alamance County Launches Effort To Protect Seniors From Abuse

Alamance County is attempting to cut down on abuse against the elderly.
Credit Matthew Sanders via Flickr, Creative Commons

The Alamance County D.A. has started an effort to protect senior citizens from being crime victims.  Pat Nadolsli kicked off the 'Elder Abuse Initiative' Friday.  He says Alamance County data showed more than 300 cases of elder abuse and exploitation from 2011 to 2012.  Nadolski says the plan is to stop these crimes in the many forms they can take.

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Environment
9:03 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Numbers Of Red Wolf Pups Dwindling In North Carolina

A litter of red wolf pups
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildlife researchers have noticed a slight drop in the number of pups being born to the state's native red wolf population.  According to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, 34 wolf pups in seven litters were found in eastern North Carolina habitats.  That's down by an average of seven pups over the last three years. 

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Politics & Government
7:04 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Latest NAACP Protest Nets 84 Arrests, Nearly 400 In Six Demonstrations

A woman is arrested at one of six near-weekly protests at the General Assembly.
Credit NAACP

84 people were arrested at the General Assembly in another of the "Moral Monday" protests led by the state NAACP.

Church leaders led this week's demonstration and were among those taken into custody Monday night.  So far, more than 380 arrests have been made.  The civil rights organization and a number of left-leaning groups are speaking out against policies pushed by the Republican-controlled legislature.

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Politics & Government
6:57 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wake County Begins Move Into Brand New Justice Center

Rendering of the new Wake County Justice Center.
Credit www.wakegov.com

Many Wake County employees are moving into a new downtown justice center this week.

County officials have invested three years of construction and $184 million in their new government headquarters.  Office workers have begun setting up in the facility.  The county's Register of Deeds will the first to open its doors Wednesday.

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