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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:

Cloudy With a Chance of Injury: What Meteorologists Learned from Sandy

Monday, February 23, 2015

NJ Spotlight
Forecasters are changing their language to emphasize potential harm rather than what type of storm is coming.

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Two Years Later, NJ Homeowners Still Waiting for Sandy Aid

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Groups criticizing the Christie administration are calling for rental aid for displaced homeowners and a moratorium on foreclosures for storm victims whose grant money hasn't arrived.

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What Happens When a Wetland is No Longer Wet?

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

NJ Spotlight
Sandy dumped a bunch of sand on a protected wetland and now the owner wants to build on it.

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New Flood-Plain Building Will Need to Consider Sea Level Rise

Saturday, January 31, 2015

President Obama issued an executive order on Friday directing all government agencies handing out federal aid to incorporate stricter building requirements.

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Cuba Announcement Continues to Send Ripples Through New Jersey

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NJ Spotlight
If you think Washington is divided over Obama's new Cuba policy, check out how much disagreement there is between Cuban-Americans and their relatives back home.  

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Call for Return of Chesimard Complicated by Murky Case

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NJ Spotlight
Debate continues over Black Liberation Army member convicted in 1979 for the murder of a New Jersey state trooper.  

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The Piece of Paper Standing in the Way of This Man and His Home

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NJ Spotlight
Some 9,000 New Jersey residents have been approved for Sandy aid, but fewer than 300 have gotten funding and completed construction on their homes. 

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FEMA Promises Fix to Flood Insurance System that Leaves Homeowners in Lurch

Friday, December 05, 2014

NJ Spotlight
Up to now, companies have been penalized if they overpay flood claims, but not if they underpay them. That creates an incentive for them to lowball damages.

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Sandy Recovery Leans on Charities But Results Inconsistent

Thursday, December 04, 2014

National groups raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the weeks following the storm, but there are still gaps in providing help. 

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Learning to Love the Entirely Inadequate but Completely Indispensable Disaster Industry

Friday, October 31, 2014

Huge storms like Katrina and Sandy are here to stay; the firms that manage recoveries should be, too. But if this is going to work, five big things need to change.

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Why Do We Keep Getting Disaster Recovery Wrong?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NJ Spotlight
Two years after Sandy and nearly a decade after Katrina, a look at how we screwed up and what we have learned.

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The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WWNO
New Jersey Public Radio
NJ Spotlight
Only a few large companies are able to manage disaster recovery efforts. That's how New Jersey and Louisiana ended up hiring and firing the same two firms.

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Where's the Money (Sandy Aid)?

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

NJ Spotlight
Nearly two years after the historic hurricane hit, a look at what’s holding up the money.

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Rinse and Repeat? No Easy Fix to Chronic Flooding

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

NJ Spotlight
Some homes in New Jersey have flooded dozens of times, costing the national flood insurance program millions of dollars.

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NJ Accelerates Distribution of Sandy Aid

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

More than a year-and-a-half after Sandy, the state of New Jersey has distributed just about a third of the original batch of $1.8 billion dollars in federal aid.

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New Jersey Says 'Mea Culpa' on Sandy Aid

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dozens of municipalities will now receive additional funding, while others will see their aid money reduced, after an investigation found that the state mishandled a Sandy grant program.

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Is Sandy Debris in NJ Landfill Poisoning Town?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

WNYC
NJ Spotlight
Environmentalists say it's what can happen when regulations aren’t strict enough. State officials call it an isolated case 'gone wrong.'

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How Did New York Get So Much Sandy Money?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NJ Spotlight

The damage estimates were similar, but now the last chunk of federal dollars has left Jersey short. And officials in the Garden State don't understand how the federal formula worked against them.

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Is the Jersey Shore Ready for Summer?

Friday, May 23, 2014

The first summer after Sandy was tough for many beach towns. As the second begins, the recovery in many places is just getting underway.

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Christie Vetoes Sandy Bill of Rights

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NJ Spotlight

The New Jersey Legislature's attempt at making it easier to get aid is rebuffed by the governor.

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