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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In court papers filed Friday, accused ponzi schemer Allen Stanford's court-appointed attorney said he will call on two neurologists, a neuropsychologist, a forensic psychiatrist, a medical doctor and a staff psychiatrist to testify at a hearing on whether Stanford is competent to stand trial.
Federal prosecutors say accused Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford appears to be "faking" memory loss in order to avoid his criminal trial scheduled for next month.
CNBC has confirmed that the SEC will sue the Securities Investor Protection Corporation in an attempt to force SIPC to cover investors in Allen Stanford's alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme.
The agency that insures U.S. brokerage accounts has again rebuffed demands it provide coverage to investors in Allen Stanford's alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme, making it increasingly likely the issue is headed to court.
When Enron filed for bankruptcy on December 2, 2001—at the time the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history—the once high-flying energy company cemented its reputation as the very symbol of corporate fraud. Its top executives, including Chairman Ken Lay, CEO Jeffrey Skilling and Chief Financial Officer Andy Fastow became household names, and the term “Enron accounting” joined the business and political lexicons.
Add health care fraud to ponzi schemes and insider trading at the top of the list of wrongdoing in the financial world.
One of the first casualties of the Enron scandal was its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen LLP, accused of obstructing the investigation of Enron by destroying documents.