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Congressman Watt Chosen For Federal Housing Post

Mel Watt
U.S. House of Representatives

President Barack Obama has tapped a North Carolina elected official for a federal post for the second time this week.   On Wednesday, he nominated Charlotte congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency

If confirmed, Watt would lead the office that oversees government-sponsored mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The president says Watt's 20 years representing North Carolina's 12th District is full of housing-policy experience as a member of House Financial Services Committee.

"He's helped protect consumers from the kind of reckless risk taking that led to the financial crisis in the first place and he's fought to give more Americans in low-income neighborhoods access to affordable housing," the president says. 

"Mel understands as well as anybody what caused the housing crisis.  He knows what it's going to take to help responsible homeowners fully recover."

Watt's nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  President Obama nominated Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx as his next transportation secretary on Monday.

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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