Scott Cohn is an acclaimed investigative journalist, public speaker, and consultant based in Northern California. As a CNBC special correspondent, he develops in-depth features, documentaries and special reports, including the influential annual series America's Top States for Business, which he created in 2007. He contributes to CNBC's breaking news coverage, and serves as a special correspondent for CNBC's American Greed.
Cohn is also a freelance correspondent for all platforms of NBC News, including TODAY, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC, and he contributes to the popular American Public Media program Marketplace. His work has received multiple honors including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), two Gerald R. Loeb Awards for business journalism, two Cable ACE nominations, as well as multiple Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Before launching his own production company in 2014, Cohn spent 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 in New Orleans. He has traveled to all 50 U.S. states, reported from more than a dozen countries, and interviewed the famous and infamous, from Warren Buffett to Bernard Madoff.
His many CNBC documentaries include, Filthy Rich (2012), a global investigation of kleptocracy—and the United States' role in enabling it—in resource-rich nations including Equatorial Guinea and Azerbaijan. Billions Behind Bars: Inside America's Prison Industry (2011) examined the broken correctional system in the U.S., which imprisons more people than any nation on earth. And Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation (2010) explored allegations of a decades-long cover up of a deadly design defect in the world's most popular rifle. Partly as a result of the program and multiple follow-ups, America's oldest firearms manufacturer, while still denying the allegations, agreed to replace the trigger mechanisms on millions of guns.
Before joining CNBC, Cohn was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also worked as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WEAU in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and for Wisconsin Public Radio and Television in Madison, Wisconsin.
A native of Chicago, Cohn holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, where he currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was a founding member of the advisory board for the Center for Journalism Ethics.
In 2005, the University honored him with its annual award for Distinguished Service to Journalism.
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