Bill Nigut

Host & Producer

Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November 2013. He is host and executive producer of “Political Rewind,” a political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.

Political Rewind airs each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. on GPB Radio. The program also streams live on GPBNews.org and on the GPB News Facebook page. In addition, you can find it on GPB TV on Fridays at 7 p.m. and on Sundays at 9 a.m.

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, discussion on the reforms mandated by the state for senior care homes following a year-long investigation into the industry by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In late June, the state legislature passed HB 987, which provides expanded protections for Georgians living in senior care homes.

Listen to the Monday, July 6, episode below.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, as public health officials battle the ongoing public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we look back at previous efforts to contain outbreaks.

Join us for a conversation with former epidemiologist Bill Foege, where we discuss the central role the physician played in successfully tackling one of the most devastating viruses in history: smallpox.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, a discussion with On The Media host Brooke Gladstone and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editor Kevin Riley about the responsibilities of journalism in today’s challenging environment.

How should journalists cover the hyperbolic statements, half-truths and bad-faith arguments that have become common place in our national discourse?


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Monday on Political Rewind, Confederate monuments across America have become a flash point during ongoing protests over police brutality and systemic racism.

Central to the issue is a disagreement about what monuments to the Confederacy represent: history or mythology?


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Today on Political Rewind, host Bill Nigut spoke with GPB News' Stephen Fowler, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tia Mitchell and Adam Van Brimmer of the Savannah Morning News.

The phrase ‘Sine Die’ will echo through the halls of the state Capitol soon as the legislature ends the 2020 session. It is the last chance for action on several pieces of legislation, including bills governing tax breaks and elections. 

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Thursday on Political Rewind, the big headline out of the legislative session's final days is the passage of a hates crime bill in Georgia, but negotiations over the budget remain a crucial and consequential issue this week.

Gov. Brian Kemp has said he will reduce cuts to areas of the budget, including education.

How are the other parts of the budget shaping up in these last days of the session?


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, rapid developments in legislation as state lawmakers work through the last week of the legislative session.

Among the stories from the state Capitol, Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing reduced budget cuts to education and hate crimes legislation is on the verge of becoming reality.

 

 


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the latest on Georgia hate-crimes legislation. After long discussions, could the state legislature finally enact law on this issue?

We took a look at the latest debate in the state Capitol with the ACLU's Andrea Young and our panel of political insiders.

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Monday on Political Rewind, the U.S. Supreme Court passed down a series of decisions over the past week, setting the course for policy on a range of issues across the nation.

What do those decision signal for the politics of today?

We covered the latest on the highest court in the country, with our panel of experts and political insiders.


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Friday on Political Rewind, it is the end of a busy week in Georgia politics.

We discussed the progress, or a lack of progress, on legislation after the first week of the return of the state legislature.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, the coronavirus outbreak remains a daunting public health challenge in Georgia and across the country.

Several states have reported their largest one-day increases in case numbers in the past week. So how does Georgia fit into this stage of the pandemic?


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the latest news on an important week in Georgia politics. With state legislators back in action after a months-long hiatus, what kind of legislation will get attention at the Capitol?

With not much time left in the session, where is the legislature focused?


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Monday on Political Rewind, more pain last weekend as protests broke out across Georgia following the death of 27- year-old Rayshard Brooks at the hands of police. 

Our panel discussed the latest conversations surrounding police brutality and systemic racism as national attention returned to Atlanta in wake of the fatal police shooting.


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Friday on Political Rewind, the state legislature returns Monday to finish up the session. How is recent news likely to shift business down at the Capitol building?

And, the fallout from Tuesday's chaotic primary election continues with county and state officials pointing fingers at what they say was at issue.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, unemployment remains a serious issue across the country and the state of Georgia.

We discussed the uncertain future for workers with Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler.


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This Wednesday afternoon on Political Rewind, we're joined by House Speaker David Ralston to discuss Tuesday's chaotic primary in Georgia.

We also discussed the latest results from that election, and the status of hate crime legislation following new attention to the subject.


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On Political Rewind Wednesday morning, we looked back at Tuesday's chaotic primary.

Social distancing, fewer polling stations and inexperienced staff all played a role in an Election Day that went long into the night with delays for many voters.

We debriefed with our panel of political insiders.


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Many voters faced long lines at the polls Tuesday. Many counties and voters continue to experiencing issues as in-person voting kicked-off for primary elections in Georgia.

Political Rewind spoke to an election official from the Secretary of State's office and our panel of political experts in the afternoon after hours of polling.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the primary election twice postponed is finally here.

Voters head to vote in-person at polling locations across the state for a range of county, state and federal offices.

We discussed the latest news with our panel of political insiders.


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Monday on Political Rewind, after some delays the primary election is here. Polls will open across the state Tuesday as Georgians vote on a number of local, state and federal races.

We took a look the ongoing demonstrations across the nation might shape the results. 


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Friday on Political Rewind, a big day in Georgia political news. Early voting for the state’s June 9 primary ends today.

Officials predict long lines could lead to hours long waits at polling places next Tuesday.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, a conversation with a police chief who says police departments need a culture change that values human life.

Today, we were joined by LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the primary in Georgia is less than a week away. Where do we stand going into the June 9 election following widespread unrest over systemic racism?

Our panel of political insiders weighed in.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, demonstrations continue in Atlanta and across Georgia as protesters voiced opposition and anguish over the death of George Floyd and patterns of police violence against black communities.

We discussed the response from local officials and what comes next with our panel.


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Monday on Political Rewind, demonstrations across Georgia against police violence drew huge crowds this weekend. So, what’s next for our communities, our elected officials and our public policy?

We asked our panel of political insiders, elected leaders and journalists.


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Friday on Political Rewind, we discuss the latest news as national protests respond to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and, more recently, George Floyd.

And, developments in Gov. Brian Kemp's social distancing guidelines.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, journalists and researchers are trying to determine how the public health policy of state officials is impacting the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.

Two top public health experts joined us to discuss the latest developments of coronavirus and the state’s response.

What are public health professionals thinking about the virus at this stage of the pandemic?


Wednesday on Political Rewind, we are joined by the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to discuss the unfolding primary in Georgia. How have social distancing guidelines and looming state budget cuts changed the way the officials are managing the elections? 


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, we’re back from a long Memorial Day weekend.

We discussed the latest on the public health guidance in response to COVID-19 and the ongoing race between Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins.


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