Scott Cohn develops in-depth features, special reports and documentaries for CNBC and CNBC.com, including the influential annual series America's Top States for Business, which he created in 2007. Based in Northern California, he also contributes to CNBC's breaking news coverage.
Cohn assumed his current role after more than 25 years as a CNBC reporter. He helped launch CNBC in 1989, eventually rising to Senior Correspondent. He established the CNBC Chicago bureau as well as the network's investigative unit. Along the way, he reported on many of the most important business and financial stories in CNBC's first quarter century. They include the Enron and WorldCom scandals, the technology bubble, the 2008 financial crisis, and the human and economic devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He has traveled to all 50 states, reported from more than a dozen countries, and interviewed the famous and infamous, from Warren Buffett to Bernie Madoff.
Cohn's reporting has also appeared on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," NBC's TODAY and on MSNBC. He is a three-time national Emmy nominee—all for investigative reporting—as well as a two-time CableACE nominee.
He has reported some of CNBC's most acclaimed documentaries, including "Billions Behind Bars: Inside America's Prison Industry," which received a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). His groundbreaking documentary, "Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation," received a 2011 Gerald Loeb Award—the highest honor in business journalism—as well as top honors from IRE, the national organization of Investigative Reporters and Editors. His other documentaries include "Price of Admission: America's College Debt Crisis," "Secrets of the Knight: Sir Allen Stanford and the Missing Billions," "Filthy Rich" and "Health Care Hustle."
Before joining CNBC, Cohn was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has also worked as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WEAU in Eau Claire, Wis., and for Wisconsin Public Radio and Television.
A native of Chicago, Cohn holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, where he currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for Journalism Ethics.
In 2005, the University honored him with its annual award for Distinguished Service to Journalism.
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CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that Dominique Strauss-Kahn had tried to claim diplomatic immunity in fighting off the suit by the hotel maid.
A former managing director for Morgan Stanley has pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy in yet another case highlighting the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—the federal law that makes it a crime to bribe foreign officials.
Mike Cagney is a former hedge fund manager, an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the co-founder of SoFi, a startup that ultimately aims to make college alumni the primary source of student credit, instead of the federal government.
The $24 million in illicit payments Wal-Mart has been accused of making in Mexico amount to roughly two hours’ revenue. But the allegations could become a huge issue for the world's largest retailer.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and Scott Cohn provide the latest details on Wal-Mart's efforts to make a bribery case go away and the crackdown on foreign corruption. Also, a look inside Wal-Mart's culture, with CNBC's David Faber.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s debate over the constitutionally of the Affordable Care Act and the future of health care in America has dominated the national conversation for weeks. What’s not been as widely discussed is a little known provision in “Obamacare”, which, if overturned completely, could end up costing the taxpayers billions of dollars.
Of all government programs, Medicare is particularly vulnerable to fraud. Find out how to avoid becoming a victim.