Interview with Bill Nigut, February 20, 2018

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Nigut discusses his early life in Chicago and his entrance to political journalism through covering Chicago politics. He then talks about moving to Atlanta to work as a reporter for WSB-TV and the bonds he formed with political figures throughout his career. He comments on how Georgia politics has changed over the time he has covered it and discusses the divisions within both parties as well as the potential paths to success for Democrats. Nigut closes by talking about how many of the largest issues in Georgia politics, such as education and transportation, are not necessarily divided by partisanship as they are by geography, between the issues affecting rural Georgians and those affecting urban Georgians.

Bill Nigut was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois. Nigut moved to Atlanta to work as a reporter for WSB-TV in 1983 and became the station’s full-time political correspondent until 2003. He then became CEO of the Metro-Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition until 2007, when he became the southeast regional director for the Anti-Defamation League. Nigut returned to journalism in 2013, when he joined Georgia Public Broadcasting as a senior executive producer.






Oral History Item Type Metadata


Atlanta, Georgia


90 minutes


Bill Nigut and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Bill Nigut, February 20, 2018,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed September 26, 2020,