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Scott Cohn

Scott Cohn
Special Correspondent, CNBC

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, 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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  • Who Did This? Boston Bombing Question Remain

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports officials are sifting through the evidence for clues as to who is responsible for the deadly bombings in Boston on Monday.

  • Boston on High Alert After Marathon Explosions

    CNBC's Scott Cohn talks to an eyewitness at Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

  • Terror in Boston Update: No Suspect in Custody Yet

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports the latest details on Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, as federal, state and local authorities continue their investigations.

  • Enron Whistleblower Speaks to CNBC

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports the former Enron CEO may be working on an agreement to leave prison earlier than expected. And Sherron Watkins, former Enron whistleblower, reacts to the news Skilling may strike a deal.

  • Former Enron CEO, Jeff Skilling (L), and his attorney, Daniel Petrocelli.

    Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, who is serving a 24-year prison term for his role in the energy giant's epic collapse, could get out of prison early under an agreement being discussed, CNBC has learned.

  • Possible Deal in the Works For Enron's Skilling

    In an exclusive report, CNBC's Scott Cohn has learned the former CEO of Enron may be getting out of prison much earlier than expected.

  • Former Enron CEO May Leave Prison Early

    Under the terms of a possible agreement, Jeffrey Skilling could be getting out of prison much earlier than expected, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn. (4:29)

  • Enron's Skilling Could Get Early Release

    The former CEO of Enron, who is serving a 24-year prison term for his role in the energy giant's epic collapse, could be near an agreement to reduce his sentence, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn. (Correction: In this video, Cohn says Skilling's college-age son committed suicide. He actually died from an accidental drug overdose.)

  • Tax refund fraud is a growing $5 billion a year problem that could get worse before it gets better. Crooks are getting smarter and the IRS needs to work harder to catch thieves.

  • Steven Cohen Returns to Court

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports a U.S. appeals court has revived part of the case against SAC's Steven Cohen.