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North Carolina NAACP To Unveil Poverty Report This Weekend

Several state groups will hold a summit this weekend to report on poverty in North Carolina.

Documentary: It's very cold. You have people living who don't have food to eat, who don't have jobs to go to.

Gurnal Scott: That's a piece of a 26-minute presentation that will be shown at an NAACP summit in Rocky Mount. It marks the end of a statewide poverty tour the civil rights group has been part of since January. State President Rev. William Barber says he wants the meeting to put a face on the poverty stricken.

Rev. William Barber: How can we deepen the broad-based people's movement we already have built. How can we engage the poor community that is often written off.

The NAACP and its partners think making poverty a discussion point for candidates is key to that. Gene Nichol directs UNC's Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.

Gene Nichol: We are all committed as a life's work to place the scourge of poverty at the very center of North Carolina's political agenda.

The AARP and North Carolina Justice Center were also involved in poverty tour.

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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