Bill Nigut

Host & Producer

Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November, 2013. He currently hosts “Two Way Street,” a show that features long-form conversations with authors, artists, chefs, scientists and other creative people who have fascinating stories to tell. He is host and producer of “Political Rewind,” a twice-weekly political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.

Bill spent 20 years as the national and state political correspondent for WSB-TV in Atlanta. In that role, he covered five presidential campaigns, traveling to Iowa, New Hampshire and other key primary states in each presidential election cycle. Bill also covered the White House and Capitol Hill for WSB, commuting from his home in Atlanta when major news stories were breaking in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Chicago, where he developed his love of rough and tumble politics and the Chicago Bears and Da Bulls.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we discuss Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's promise to farmers that they won't bare the brunt of a potential trade war with China. This, even as the President bares down on his threat to expand tariffs on Chinese goods. 

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On this week’s “Two Way Street,” Bill talks with Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, one of the founding members of legendary hip hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan. He and RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killa put East Coast rap back on the map at a time when California rap was dominating the genre.

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On this special edition of Political Rewind, Bill Nigut talks with Ambassador Andrew Young, as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Young was one of Dr. King’s chief lieutenants throughout  the Civil Rights Movement, and he was with King the evening he was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

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The race for governor of Georgia has turned into a sprint now that the 2018 general assembly has concluded its business. What ammunition did the session give to candidates for Georgia’s top offices? Our panel weighs in.

On this edition of Political Rewind, the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly was gaveled to a close late last night.  What did lawmakers do about measures to crack down on distracted driving, to expand transit across metro Atlanta, or to boost the chances for economic growth in rural Georgia?  We’ll look at these and other accomplishments under the “Gold Dome” this year.  Then, with the session now finished, the sprint to the May primary elections is now under way.  We’ll look at where the top races stand right now.  Plus, the City of Atlanta has been paralyzed by one of the bigges

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On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, we are live at the State Capitol as legislators work furiously to finish their business before the 2018 session comes to an end.  We look at the fate of key legislation: what’s happening with bills on distracted riving, protecting religious groups that don’t want to adopt children to gays and lesbians, giving additional help to victims of childhood sexual abuse and cracking down on undocumented immigrants?  Plus, we’ll explain the sneaky tactics that come into play on this last day as legislators try to work their will on measures they want to pa

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On this edition of "Two Way Street," we're asking the question—who is Atticus Finch?

He was a beloved champion of justice in “To Kill a Mockingbird” but a bigot in “Go Set a Watchman.”

On this edition of Political Rewind, legislators have just one day left in the 2018 session and a number of key bills remain unresolved.  We’ll look at where the measures that have attracted public interest stand and at some of the sleepers that could have an impact on our lives.  Then, for the first time since he became governor, Nathan Deal says the state coffers have enough cash to fully fund schools across the state and his budget includes the money to do it.

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Georgia's 40-day legislative session wraps up at midnight on Thursday, and that means lawmakers have just over 48 hours to pass new laws.

GPB’s Bill Nigut, host of Political Rewind,  joined me in the studio to talk about what is happening in the final sprint.

RICKEY BEVINGTON: So let's start with three bills that have already been secured. Governor Nathan Deal has signed the adoption bill, the mid-year budget, and tax cuts. What is in those?

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Three former presidents were among the guests Tuesday at a memorial service for former Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller.  GPB carried the service live with commentary from GPB’s Bill Nigut, AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway and former WSB-TV anchor John Pruitt.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we look at the impact of a big weekend of news.  Hundreds of thousands of students across the country march, including in Atlanta, in support of gun safety measures.  Plus, there are only two days left in the 2018 legislative session.  We’ll look at the key measures that remain undecided.  Then, porn star Stormy Daniels speaks out about her relationship with Donald Trump and about the effort to keep it out of public view.  Will her story have an impact on the Trump Presidency? 

Panelists:

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we look back on the life on one of Georgia’s most famous political figures, Zell Miller, who passed away Friday.  Also, as the legislative clock winds down to Sine Die, powerful interests are working to block a bill its sponsor says will broaden legal remedies for victims of childhood sexual abuse.  Plus, how are Georgia’s cities faring in this year’s session?

Panelists:

AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway

Former Zell Miller Chief of Staff Keith Mason

Matthew Murphy

On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re talking to Tony-award winning director, Kenny Leon, about his Broadway revival of the play, “Children of a Lesser God.”

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal says he’ll support the legislative push to buy voting machines that leave a paper trail, but critics say the proposed fix won’t assure Georgians that their votes have been tallied accurately.  Also, a federal court has blocked a measure just signed into law that would make Mississippi’s abortion restrictions the toughest in the nation, and now one candidate for Georgia governor says he wants to take those laws and make them even tougher here.  Plus, a number of Democrats running for Georgia GOP congressional seats are pledging to vote again

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On this edition of Political Rewind, A new poll finds voters prefer Democrats over Republicans by a wide margin going into this year’s congressional races across the country.  Wasn’t the GOP tax bill supposed to give Republicans an edge?  We’ll look at how the tax cuts might play in Georgia.  Then, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams defends her vote to make substantial cuts to the HOPE Scholarship in front of an audience of skeptical young voters while her opponent, Stacey Evans, is drilled on her campaign ad invoking the image of Dr.

On this edition of Political Rewind, we're looking at the headlines coming out of the General Assembly. The House overwhelmingly approves a bipartisan resolution that asks Congress to pass a law allowing medical marijuana research.

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On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re talking to the “royal family of roots music,”  Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, about their new album, “Echo in the Valley.” This is their second collaboration, following the success of their self-titled debut, “Béla

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On this edition of Political Rewind, free speech issues.  Students in Georgia and across the country walk out of classes to show support for passage of gun safety laws?  Will they have an impact on the legislature here or in the halls of Congress?  What about students who were denied permission to walk?  Then, Governor Deal reverses a state order denying gun protestors access to a free speech area at the State Capitol.  What led him to overrule the Georgia Building Authority decision?  Plus, Georgia’s Attorney General launches an investigation into an apparent effort by staffers for former

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a charge of sexual harassment against the presumed frontrunner in the race for lieutenant government.  How will State Senator David Shafer fight off the accusation and will it change the dynamic of the race?  Also, during a raucous rally in Pennsylvania, President Trump takes credit for Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  Does a bear hug from Trump strengthen her re-election campaign or make her more vulnerable?  Plus, Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson draws a former Atlanta Falcon as an opponent for his seat.

On this edition of Political Rewind, a surprise at the State Capitol: a hate-crimes bill is suddenly re-introduced.  Can it pass the legislature and become law?  Also, qualifying for the 2018 Georgia elections ends and candidates across the ballot are now in place.  Our panel weighs in on the surprise, the trends and the races likely to be in the spotlight.  In news from the state legislature, a measure to fund voting machines that leave a paper trail moves forward while progress to expand the legal rights of victims of childhood sexual abuse may not.  And, it’s been quite a news day involv

On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re diving into the extraordinary life of “Krazy Kat” cartoonist, George Herriman.“Krazy Kat,” which ran in American newspapers from 1913-1944, featured characters Krazy and Ignatz in the setting of Coconino County, Arizona.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, as qualifying continues for the 2018 Georgia elections, the 6th District Congressional Race draws a surprise Democratic candidate.  The race may now become a referendum on gun control.  At the State Capitol, time is running out for Cobb County leaders to decide whether they want to join a highly-touted regional transit funding plan.  Plus, the ACLU accuses a Georgia sheriff’s office of hosting a conference featuring a known anti-Muslim, a poll that shows one GOP candidate for governor gaining support, and why House Speaker Paul Ryan is coming to Atlanta.

On this edition of Political Rewind, qualifying for every race on the Georgia ballot begins today, and for the first time in recent memory, newly energized Democrats are looking to challenge GOP supremacy in the state legislature and in statewide offices.  Plus, Secretary of State Brian Kemp is bowing to pressure to change what the ACLU calls misleading voter registration forms.  Will questions about the integrity of Georgia elections hamper Kemp in his race for governor? 

Panelists:

AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway

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On this edition of Political Rewind, in a matchup between Delta Airlines and the NRA, it’s no contest: GOP legislators pass a tax break that saves Georgian millions, but denies Delta a cut worth $40 million.  We’ll look at the long-range consequences of the battle.  Plus, thousands of gun safety advocates rallied at the State Capitol last month, but their voices were silenced by an official who made sure the microphones at the state facility were turned off.  Also, a Columbus state senator pushes a bill to force the city of Atlanta to shorten the hours of city polling places, leading critic

On this “Two Way Street,” we’re talking about what dogs think and feel with a neuroscientist who has spent years studying them—Dr. Gregory Berns. His book, “What It’s Like to Be a Dog,” details his years of research on canine cognition.  

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