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Scott Zamost

Scott Zamost
Senior Investigative Producer for CNBC

Scott Zamost is the senior investigative producer at CNBC.

Among the investigations he produced since joining the network in June 2017 are "LAX Undercover," "Power Boat Pirates,"
"Drilling For Answers," "Deadly Gift," "Broken Bonds," and "Crypto Investigation."

"Broken Bonds" won a SABEW Award for best video in March 2018.

Prior to CNBC, Scott was a senior investigative producer at CNN, where he produced investigative stories and documentaries since 2008.

He produced "Passports In The Shadows," a year-long collaboration with CNN en Espanol that revealed an alleged scheme to sell passports and visas out of the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq. The investigation also showed how a top Venezuelan government official was tied to issuing passports to people connected to terrorism. As a result of the story, the Venezuelan government ordered CNN en Espanol off the air. The investigation was a finalist in the Scripps Howard Awards and the British Journalism Awards.

He is a two-time winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award and an annual speaker at the IRE national conference since 2002. He also has spoken at international investigative reporting conferences in Brazil and Norway.

His investigations have ranged from government fraud to war crimes in Iraq.

Among his stories is "Rehab Racket," a groundbreaking investigation into massive fraud in taxpayer-funded drug rehab. The three-part series, a yearlong collaboration with The Center For Investigative Reporting, resulted in clinic suspensions and referrals for possible criminal prosecution, a statewide audit and a government oversight hearing.

In 2015, he produced a series of investigative reports on aviation security that revealed only two major U.S. airports fully screen employees.

He revealed misconduct at the FBI by obtaining years of confidential disciplinary reports. At CNN, he produced both investigative reports and documentaries, including the award-winning "Killings At The Canal: The Army Tapes." The hour-long special investigated the reasons behind the execution of Iraqi detainees by American soldiers.

"Prescription For Cheating" revealed how doctors got away with cheating on their medical board exams. "Post Office Mansion" showed how the U.S. Postal Service was purchasing expensive homes to relocate executives, spending millions of dollars in taxpayer money.

Prior to CNN, he was the investigative producer at WTVJ/NBC 6 and WPLG-TV in Miami. He was also a producer at CBS News for "Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel," where he tracked down accused war criminals from El Salvador living in Florida.

At WTVJ/NBC 6, he was the first to obtain photos of the 9/11 hijackers, and produced the award-winning "Citizenship For Sale," an investigation about how illegal immigrants were traveling from around the country to South Florida to buy memberships in an Indian tribe as a so-called way to become U.S. citizens. The operator of the scam was prosecuted and went to jail.

His journalism awards include a SABEW Award, two IRE Awards, three national Emmy nominations, 23 regional Emmys, two National Headliner awards, three Gold Medals in the New York Festivals awards, the CINE Golden Eagle for investigative reporting, three national Clarion awards, five Edward R. Murrow awards, a National Press Club award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University finalist, the Genesis Award, three finalists for the Scripps Howard Awards, two Florida Associated Press "Best of Show" awards, the SPJ Green Eyeshade grand prize, seven SPJ Green Eyeshade first place awards and six SPJ Sunshine State awards.

Before his television news career, he was a newspaper reporter, starting at the Las Vegas Sun where he was an investigative reporter and the gaming editor. The Nevada Press Association awarded him the "Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year."

He is a graduate of Northwestern University.