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,” during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump insisted he wanted to "drain the swamp" in Washington. But his own business dealings are causing their own set of issues. Alex Altman joins us to discuss his recent Time Magazine cover article, "The Swamp Hotel," which digs in on the Trump property in D.C. On Wednesday, Trump is planning to hold his first re-election fundraiser at the hotel; and criticism of this idea is mounting.

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On September 9, 2014, a team of medical specialists guided Dr. Ian Crozier into the communicable disease isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. He had Ebola; in fact, he had the worst case of the disease that doctors in the United States had seen since the deadly Ebola epidemic began in Western Africa earlier that year.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Karen Handel is D.C. bound. What’s her new life going to be like on Capitol Hill? Our panel digs in on a quick recap of the 6th District race and what lies ahead for Democrats and Republicans in Georgia.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Karen Handel emerges victorious in the 6th District. Our panel recaps the election and its outcome. What does it bode for the 2018 midterm elections? President Trump takes a victory lap on Twitter over the GOP win.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the hotly-contested 6th District race is almost upon us! Voters (who haven’t already early voted!) go to the polls tomorrow to make the choice between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff. If you enjoy reading the political fine print as much as we do, you might want to check out this page from Politico.

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Wonder how African-American women deal with issues like career advancement, body image stereotypes and white people using the n-word? Black women usually speak about these matters only among themselves.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” it’s the LAST weekend of political attack ads (until the next election). As we count down the final hours of the contentious, cantankerous, and combative 6th District race, we chew over the candidates' last-ditch attempts to sway voters.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” a shocking event this morning on a baseball field near Washington D.C. brings out the worst in partisan politics. Five people were injured in an attack that reportedly began by the shooter asking if the men on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” another day of "Must-Watch TV" on tap for tomorrow as Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing. What will he say and will he invoke executive privilege?

We have a big anniversary coming up here on “Two Way Street.” On July 5, we’ll celebrate three years on the air. In that time we’ve talked with well over 100 guests – authors, performers, chefs, scientists, historians and others who have good stories to tell; because that’s what TWS is all about: storytelling.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we have another busy lineup with the 6th District election looming and another debate to break down! Jon Ossoff is making news for the amount of fundraising he's done. Plus, we dive into the latest polling numbers.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the 6th District contenders face off in their first debate ahead of the June 20 election. Who scored the most points? Our panelists pick apart the candidates’ performances and handicap the race as of today.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” a debatable debate schedule! Announcements that Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel would meet for a total of FOUR debates were apparently premature.

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On this edition of “Two Way Street” our guest is author Mark Pendergrast. We’ll discuss his book “City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future,” in which he documents the ongoing transformation of the city of Atlanta.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump decides the Paris Climate Accord is out and the political temperature gets red hot! His critics are annoyed to put it mildly (check Twitter), but Trump supporters are annoyed at the annoyance (again, check Twitter!). What does the whole thing mean?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” our first live show since last week and there's so much to get into.

First up, news on the hotly contested 6th congressional district race. Greg brought the breaking news that Karen Handel has agreed to four debates with Jon Ossoff between now and the June 20 runoff. Handel has been avoiding discussion of debates until now; what does this move indicate? And are black voters the key to an Ossoff win?

I’m really thrilled about this edition of “Political Rewind.” For some time, we’ve hoped to coax into our studio a man who became one of the important leaders of print and broadcast journalism in the 20th and early 21st centuries. We finally persuaded Tom Johnson to join us and share stories about his life and career.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we explore President Trump and the media. It has been a fractious relationship for decades, but has greatly intensified with Trump in the Oval Office. Is the "mainstream media" giving Trump a harder time than previous occupants of the White House?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” it's President Trump's first official trip abroad and he's chosen the Middle East as his first stop, not a cakewalk for any world leader. He's already checked Saudi Arabia off the itinerary and is currently in Israel. Defeating terror is a key mission, along with attempts to negotiate some form of Middle East peace. How is he doing so far?

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On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we profile three craftsmen who have living in Atlanta in common:

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump hits the road for his first official trip overseas with planned stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, before heading on to Europe and global summit meetings. After the past week, is he relieved to leave Washington? Is Washington relieved he's gone for a few days?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the hits just keep on comin'! Now that former FBI director James Comey has said he has notes of at least one of his meetings with Trump, the roar from both sides of the aisle is deafening.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” fasten your seatbelts for another jam-packed day of political news! There was much comment over the weekend following President Trump's tweets about fired FBI Director James Comey. We're following the latest reaction.

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If we wanted to make a list of the most notorious traitors in history, who would top the list? Probably Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. But Benedict Arnold would be right up there with Judas. History has taught us that Arnold was the guy who sold out his fellow Americans by abandoning his duty as a general in the Continental Army and working with the British to defeat the colonists.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” another day, another tweetstorm from POTUS. Among some of his early morning posts, Trump tweeted that former FBI director James Comey "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey late yesterday and the reaction has been loud and partisan. Some have gone as far as to suggest Trump has committed treason, while others say the firing is completely understandable, inevitable, and not connected the Russia investigation. Our panel digs in on the hottest topic in the country today.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the House GOP puts out a plan for healthcare and the response is definitely mixed. Need some guidance on what it means and where it's going? That's why we're glad to have Andy Miller at the table today! He'll give us "GOP Healthcare for Dummies." Hint: States, like Georgia, may regret not expanding Medicaid when they had the chance.

This week on “Two Way Street” we have Atlanta-based playwright and screenwriter Topher Payne.

Topher Payne got his start in theater because he had long arms and wasn’t afraid of heights. At least that’s the way he tells it.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” call it Trumpcare, call it the AHCA, call it controversial!

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Today on “Political Rewind,” a flashback to America's 37th president, Richard Milhous Nixon, one of the most fascinating characters to ever take the Oval Office.

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