Scott Gurian

Scott Gurian reports on the Sandy recovery along New Jersey's coast for WNYC, NJ Public Radio and NJ Spotlight. Previously, he was a producer at The Takeaway. He also spent five years as News Director at public radio station KGOU in Norman, OK, where he covered everything from the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary and political wrangling at the state capitol to tornadoes and the annual prison rodeo.

Scott's work has aired on NPR, the BBC and dozens of public radio stations and programs around the country. He studied radio documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

Scott Gurian appears in the following:

Sandy Minute-by-Minute: 8 AM, Driving to the Old Neighborhood

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thousands of people's lives and daily routines have radically changed as a result of Sandy. Judy Hickerson lived with her husband in Waretown, New Jersey, and she had the maximum amount of flood insurance. But a year after Sandy, she’s still spending her Friday mornings dreaming of the day things will return to normal.


Hurricane Sandy Study Calls For More Disaster Preparation

Monday, August 19, 2013

An Obama administration task force is recommending strategies to prepare for more disasters like Hurricane Sandy. The task force is advocating for improvements to make the electrical grid more robust and updates to flood control and building standards.


Battered Jersey Shore Pins Recovery Hopes On Summer Season

Friday, May 24, 2013

Seven months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Jersey Shore, Asbury Park is still waiting for insurance and federal aid money. In the meantime, it borrowed $10 million to repair the waterfront in time for the critical Memorial Day weekend.


Brian Lehrer Show: Six Months After Sandy

Monday, April 29, 2013

It's been six months since Hurricane Sandy caused flooding and destruction throughout the region. Matthew Schuerman, WNYC editor, and Scott Gurian, freelance reporter, discuss their reporting on the recovery, from the re-building in Long Beach, Long Island to how federal money is being used to improve infrastructure.

Plus: your six-month calls. How is the recovery going in your area? If your home was affected by the storm, have you decided whether to stay and do nothing, to renovate for flood prevention, or to move away from the shore altogether? Call 212-433-9692 or post your story here.

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N.J. Beach Houses Sell Well Despite Sandy

Monday, March 25, 2013

Despite the enormous destruction Hurricane Sandy caused to the Jersey Shore, realtors who specialize in the region say business has been steady. Plenty of home buyers and investors appear eager to jump into the market. Damaged homes and lots have been selling for discounted rates, while prices are inching up on houses that survived since there are simply fewer properties available.


After Sandy, One Business Owner Picks Up the Pieces

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It’s not just beach resort towns in New Jersey that felt the brunt of Sandy.  Among the worst-hit areas was the working class community of Union Beach, New Jersey — located just across the Raritan Bay from Staten Island.  The powerful storm surge flooded much of the town, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, and reducing buildings on the waterfront to piles of rubble, including one local restaurant, whose owner is still struggling to pick up the pieces.


Nor'easter Follows Sandy

Thursday, November 08, 2012

It was another cold night for many in the northeast. Hundreds of thousands without power had to withstand the power of a nor'easter storm that brought snow to places still recovering from Sandy. New Jersey Public Radio reporter Scott Gurian reports from the affected area.

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After Sandy, Residents Say the Jersey Shore Can Come Back

Monday, November 05, 2012

Sandy has taken an enormous toll on communities up and down the Jersey Shore, destroying homes and businesses, tearing up boardwalks and eroding beaches.  As people try to get back to normal, there’s a growing sense that it will be a new normal, at least of some areas of the shore.

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In Hoboken, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Pull Through

Friday, November 02, 2012

As Hoboken, New Jersey, continues to dry out from Sandy, a sense of community is emerging from this city in crisis.  Throughout the city, National Guard soldiers make the rounds, assisting with evacuations and distributing food to those who need it.  Tow trucks cart away vehicles totaled in the storm.  And in the midst of all the chaos, it’s the small acts of kindness that people are finding surprising.


Hurricane Recovery Underway in New York and New Jersey

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New York and New Jersey are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. J. David Goodman, reporter for our partner, The New York Times, and freelance reporter Scott Gurian explain the latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

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New Jersey Suffers Significant Damage from Sandy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Freelance reporter Scott Gurian is in New Jersey, where’s he’s been giving updates since yesterday morning. Bob Hennely is a reporter for WNYC.

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Hurricane Sandy Approaches New Jersey Coastline

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy-related flooding has already been reported as far north as New Jersey. Scott Gurian, freelance reporter in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey describes the view from the beach.


Revitalizing Newark Through Jazz

Friday, October 19, 2012

Before World War II, Newark, N.J., was a cultural hub. The city’s trying to recapture that legacy with a new jazz festival taking place this week.

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In NJ, Experts Say Redrawn Boundaries Make It Hard to Unseat Incumbents

Sunday, October 07, 2012

A rising star in the New Jersey Democratic Party is challenging GOP Rep. Leonard Lance for his seat in Congress, but political analysts say the redrawing of the district boundaries has made it harder than ever to unseat incumbents.


NJ Store Worker Fatally Shoots 2 Employees, Self at Supermarket

Friday, August 31, 2012

Authorities say the gunman in the New Jersey supermarket shooting fired at six employees, including one outside the store, before killing himself.

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Obama to Survey Storm Damage in NJ

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

President Barack Obama will travel to New Jersey on Sunday to see the damage Tropical Storm Irene caused in the state, which he declared a major disaster on Wednesday.

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Construction Workers Rally to Save ARC Tunnel

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Supporters of a new commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River rallied Tuesday in North Bergen, New Jersey, to save the project, saying it represents thousands of construction jobs for the region.

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Memorial Held for Rutgers Student

Friday, October 01, 2010

Friends and family are remembering 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide after two fellow students streamed a live video of him on the Internet having a sexual encounter with a man.

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Commercial Real Estate: The Next Economic Shock?

Monday, August 23, 2010

With the economy on uncertain footing, one area of continuing concern is the commercial real estate market, where over a trillion dollars of loans will come due over the next few years. Many of those loans were made at the height of the real estate bubble, and more than half are now underwater, meaning that borrowers owe more than the properties are worth.


After Budget Vote, NJ School Districts Face a Painful Process

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Feeling the crunch of tough economic times, New Jersey voters last month went to the polls and turned down a record 58 percent of their school budgets. Now, school representatives are meeting with local officials and trying to balance their budget needs with the will of the voters. Reporter Scott ...