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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The top financial regulator in Antigua—who allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from accused Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford in exchange for hiding the fraud—improperly tried to steer Stanford's assets to a British liquidation firm, according to a ruling by a Canadian court.
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