Scott Cohn

Scott Cohn

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Scott Cohn is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years of experience covering news and public affairs around the world. His investigations have exposed corruption and malfeasance in business and government. Most notably, Cohn was among the earliest to report on the growth of private prisons in the United States and on the explosion of student loan debt that is dragging down an entire generation. He is also a highly sought public speaker who serves as a consultant and talent coach for national media organizations.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Cohn has been with CNBC for more than 30 years, helping launch the network in 1989.
  • He established the CNBC Chicago bureau as well as the network’s investigative unit.
  • He develops in-depth features and special reports for CNBC and, including the influential annual series “America’s Top States for Business,” which,” which,” which,” which,” which,” which,” which,” which he created in 2007. 
  • He is a producer and special correspondent for American Greed, a true financial crime series.
  • He has traveled to all 50 states in the United States, interviewing the famous and infamous, from Warren Buffett to Bernard Madoff.
  • He reported on many of the most important business and fin and fin and fin and fin and fin and fin and fin and fin and financial stories in CNBC’s first quarter-century:
  • He has reported on some of CNBC’s most acclaimed documentaries:
    • “Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry,” received a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association
    • “Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation,” received a 2011 Gerald Loeb Award as well as top honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors.


  • Cohn received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
  • He is a two-time recipient of business journal journal journal journal journal journal journal journalism’s highest honor, the Gerald R. Loeb Award.
  • He has been nominated for three Emmy Awards, all for investigative reporting.
  • The University of Wisconsin honored him with its annual award for Distinguished Service to Journalism in 2005.