Scott Cohn

Senior Correspondent

Scott Cohn is a senior correspondent and lead investigative reporter at CNBC. A founding member of the CNBC team, he also appears on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "The Today Show" and on MSNBC.

Cohn is a three-time 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."

Cohn also leads CNBC's coverage of white collar crime and legal affairs. His coverage of the Bernard Madoff scandal earned a 2010 Loeb Award for breaking news coverage. Cohn also covered the Enron and WorldCom scandals, including the landmark trials of the companies' chief executives.

He has taken CNBC viewers across America and around the world. He developed the popular CNBC and CNBC.com annual series, America's Top States for Business, which ranks all 50 states for competitiveness. He has reported on the booming economy in Vietnam, investigated product safety in China and followed the trail of a rogue CEO to the African nation of Namibia.

In 2005, he covered Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath from New Orleans for CNBC and NBC News.

Before joining CNBC ahead of the network's launch in 1989, 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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    Allen Stanford

    Accused Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford has joined convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff at the federal prison complex in Butner, North Carolina.

  • Trustee Picard Says He Never Met With Madoff Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 6:40 PM ET
    Bernie Madoff

    Did Bernard Madoff meet with bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard to provide vital information about allegedly "complicit" banks and hedge funds, or didn't he?

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    The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has denied a request by former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling for a temporary release from prison to attend his son's funeral, CNBC has learned. No reason was given for the denial.