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A member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame and recipient of 11 prestigious Emmy awards for journalistic achievement, Marvin Scott has done it all. Since joining WPIX in 1980, he has served in multiple capacities as anchor, reporter, host and producer. Scott is currently the station’s Senior Correspondent and anchor/host of the weekly issues-oriented program, “PIX11 News Close Up”

A veteran journalist with over 50 years of experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Scott’s background includes local, national and international assignments. He previously anchored “INN Midday Edition” and “USA Tonight Weekend,” nationally syndicated newscasts produced by WPIX’s Independent Network News. For several years Scott was co-anchor of the nightly “WB11 News at Ten.” He has co-hosted special programs, including the Emmy award-winning “OP SAIL ’92: An American Celebration”, “Operation Homecoming” and a number of Columbus and Puerto Rican Day parades.

Prior to joining WPIX, Scott was an anchor/reporter at WNEW-TV (now WNYW-TV). He held previous positions as anchor, correspondent and producer at CNN, Mutual Broadcasting System, and WABC-TV. In the print media, he was a feature writer for the New York Herald Tribune and a Contributing Editor to Parade Magazine. Scott began his media career at the age of 14, when he sold a news photo to the NY Daily News.

Scott’s assignments have taken him from the front lines of Iraq, Cambodia and the Middle East, to the highways of America’s South, where he covered civil rights protests with Dr. Martin Luther King. He spent Christmas 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009 with New York soldiers in Iraq and 2013 in Afghanistan. He has interviewed six American presidents. Scott’s coverage of the Congressional Whitewater hearings won him an Emmy for “Outstanding Political Reporting.”

It was “Outstanding Entertainment Programming” that won him an Emmy in 2006 for his enlightening interview with the King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis. In addition to the seven wins, Scott has received more than 40 Emmy nominations. During visits to the Middle East, he interviewed Golda Meier, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, among others. In New York, he has covered every Mayor since John Lindsay. A veteran reporter of the U.S. space program, Scott has witnessed the launch of numerous Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle flights. Scott has pulled 9 G’s in an F -16 jet, circled beneath the Long Island Sound in a nuclear attack submarine, and rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

A graduate of New York University, Scott’s professional honors include a citation in the Congressional Record for his “responsible reporting” of urban riots. Associated Press Broadcasters awarded his reporting of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident, along with two AP honors for “Outstanding Interview.” The New Jersey Working Press Association presented him the “Terry Anderson Award for Professionalism in Journalism,” (the award named for the journalist held hostage in Lebanon). Scott’s work has been cited by the American Bar Association, Aviation Space Writers Association, New York’s Finest Foundation, and the Cops Foundation.

A native of the Bronx, Scott has been installed in the “Bronx Walk of Fame,” and he is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for Distinguished Americans. In 2001 he was inducted into the coveted Silver Circle of the NY Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In 2005 Scott and his team were presented the Tribune Values Award, one of the corporation’s highest honors, for their reporting from Iraq. November 29, 2010 was declared Marvin Scott Day in Manhattan in commemoration of 50th anniversary in broadcasting. That same year he received a Citation from U.S. House of Representatives to honor his 50th year in broadcasting. In 2013 the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences presented Scott with a Lifetime Achievement Award. On June 13, 2014, Scott was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Scott is also an accomplished photographer whose work has been exhibited in New York galleries. Active in community affairs, Scott has served on the Police Commissioner’s Executive Media Committee. He is a Trustee of the Chemotherapy Foundation, a governor of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences and former President of the Television-Radio Working Press Association. Scott is married to the former Lorri Gorman, and is the father of two children, Jill, a television reporter at NY 1 and Steven, an established comedian/actor.

Recent Articles
  • News Closeup: North Korea nuclear tensions and Son of Sam anniversary

    This week, North Korea demonstrated its ability to deliver an intercontinental ballistic missile to the U.S. mainland, and its feared it has a small nuclear warhead as well. That prompted President Donald Trump to deliver a strong warning to Pyongyang that any such action against the United States would be met with “fire and fury.” So are we heading for a military showdown? Marvin Scott is joined by Roane Carey, managing editor of “The Nation,” for political, historical and military […]

  • News Closeup: Sal Albanese runs for NYC mayor — why he hopes third time is the charm

    NYC Councilman Sal Albanese is running for mayor of New York City for the third time. He says he’s running because the incumbent mayor, Bill De Blasio, is not addressing the major issues that are important to the city’s future. Marvin Scott and Albanese discuss his campaign, the issues he feels are most important and what his plan is to improve the lives of all New Yorkers. *** A disturbing series of crimes in the city have been committed by […]

  • New Closeup: Summer of Hell and Summer of ’77

    State Sen. Michael Gianaris talks about problems in the transit system as the so called “summer of hell” kicks off its first week. The phrase was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to describe how commuters would be confronted by six weeks of reduced service caused by track repairs at Penn Station. Gianaris talks about the misuse of state funds which led to the transit crisis. He also discusses other issues under discussion among lawmakers in Albany. This week marks the […]

  • Remembering the 1977 New York blackout 40 years later

    Even before the lights went out, it was a steamy dark summer in New York back in 1977. Crime was at its highest level in years, the streets were filthy, a serial killer named Son of Sam was terrifying neighborhoods, and to boot, the city was on the brink of bankruptcy. Rain clouds hovered over the city and bolts of lightning signaled some imminent relief to the  sweltering temperatures. But four powerful bolts proved too much for the power lines […]

  • 9/11 survivors get scars covered by tattoo artists for free

    NEW YORK — A group of famous tattoo artists is on a mission to help cover the scars of 9/11 survivors and first responders with artwork on their bodies. The artists, through an organization known as Artists 4 Israel, gathered at the Apollo Theater where they performed their handiwork on a select group of 11 survivors, including Thomas Canavan, who was working for a banking institution on the 47th floor of the North Tower when the plane hit. He said he […]

  • News Closeup: David Dinkins on his legacy; Greg Mocker on the MTA’s state of emergency

    We are celebrating a milestone with former Mayor David Dinkins, who turns 90 next week. Dinkins  rose through the political ranks —  assemblyman, county clerk —  to become the city’s 106th mayor. He’s the first and only black mayor in New York City history. Marvin Scott and Dinkins talk about the issues that he faced when he became mayor in 1990. They also discuss issues facing the city today, including the crisis at the MTA, mayoral control of the city’s school system, […]

  • News Closeup: The effort to end domestic violence; Trump’s first five months

     Domestic violence comprises 15 percent of all violent crime in the United States. More than 10 million people per year are victims of domestic abuse. 85 percent of the victims are women, but men are victims too. One in seven men have been severely abused by a partner. Children who witness domestic abuse suffer consequences as well, including physical and emotional problems. They are also twice as likely to grow up to become abusers. Marvin Scott discusses all aspects of […]

  • Legislature fails to give Mayor de Blasio control of schools

    NEW YORK — It came as another blow to the embattled mayor. Bill de Blasio fought hard right down to the wire to get the legislature to extend his control over city schools, but it wasn’t to be. The legislature wrapped up business around midnight and unless there is a special session, the lawmakers won’t be back until next year. Despite his attempt at horse trading, Mayor de Blasio was unable to budge the lawmakers to see things his way […]

  • News Closeup: New book explains why your best age is now

    Are your best years behind you? Nonsense. On News Closeup, we begin with encouraging words for everyone’s future, with important tips everyone can learn from. Then, Marvin and his next guest take a look at an alarming trend in America — a rise in suicides. Why is it happening and what can be done about it?

  • Vladimir Lenin statue rises on the Lower East Side

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Vladimir Lenin tried to change a country — but it was the people who live on Houston Street who succeeded in changing his address — moving him from a high rise luxury building to a low rise apartment building. Lenin’s name is embedded in Russian history as the leader of the Bolshevik revolution and founder of the Russian communist party. But as with so many other Russian leaders his stature toppled with time, his stature […]