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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,” now in its 25th year.

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 as a teenager, chasing fires and news stories with his camera. At the age of 14, he sold a photo of a raging fire 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 the U.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.

He is the author of “As I saw It: A Reporter’s Intrepid Journey,” a collection of 26 of the more unique stories of the estimated 15,000 he has covered over the past half century.

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 the Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for Distinguished Americans. In 2001 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the NY Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and in 2017 he was inducted into the coveted Gold Circle.

In 2005 Scott and his team were presented the Tribune Values Award, one of the corporation’s highest honors, for their reporting from Iraq. Nov. 29, 2010 was declared Marvin Scott Day in Manhattan in commemoration of his 50th anniversary in broadcasting. That same year he received a Citation from the U.S. House of Representatives to honoring his remarkable tenure 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 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Awards Chair of the New York Chapter, Bard (Vice President) of the Friars Club and former President of the Television-Radio Working Press Association.

Scott is married to the former Lorri Gorman. He is the father of two adult children, Steven and Jill.

Recent Articles
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    Monday is a national holiday, a day set aside to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader fought the battle for racial equality during the turbulent 1950s and 1960s. Half a century later, with the racial divide that still exists in the U.S., would Dr. King be pleased by what he accomplished? Marvin Scott is joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, an organization committed to continuing […]

  • News Closeup: Looking back on the biggest news stories of 2017

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    NEW  BRIGHTON, Staten Island — Police are trying to determine whether a Staten Island mother and son were the targets of gunmen or the victims of mistaken identity after the pair were shot on their way to Christmas dinner. Monique Hall, 42, and her 19-year-old son were sprayed with bullets Christmas night as they were returning home with food for their holiday dinner. A black SUV pulled alongside their Nissan Sentra and two people in the back let loose with […]

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  • News Closeup: Future of Trump’s tax plan; what’s next for Nassau County

    Democrats scored big in New York last month with Republican leadership in both Westchester and Nassau counties. The victory on Long Island places the county executive position back in Democratic hands for the third time in 80 years. Marvin Scott speaks with Nassau County executive-elect Laura Curran about the issues facing the county and her transition into office. Curran talks about how she intends to tackle such challenges as MS-13 gang violence, high property taxes, improving transportation, restoring faith in […]

  • News Closeup: NYC comptroller on city’s financial health; plus a breakdown of GOP tax plan

    New York City has an annual budget of almost $85 billion. Making sure those funds are properly allocated is the job of City Comptroller Scott Stringer. This past year, his office conducted 67 audits and 27 policy and budget reports. As we near the end of 2017, Marvin Scott and Scott Stringer talk about the city’s financial health. They also discuss how New Yorkers at various income levels may be impacted by the GOP tax plan. Republicans say that tax […]

  • News Closeup: Issues facing Westchester County executive-elect; World AIDS Day

    Democrats scored two big victories in local elections in November, winning the county executive offices in both Nassau and Westchester counties. New York State Sen. George Latimer pulled off an upset victory in Westchester over incumbent Rob Astorino, beating him by 57 percent of the vote. Now the real work begins and Latimer is alerting his constituents to expect big changes come Jan. 1. Marvin Scott speaks with Latimer about the issues he’s planning to address, including the counties’ high […]

  • Nationwide Christmas tree shortage drives up prices

    NEW YORK — So it is said that money doesn’t grow on trees, but this year it will cost you an arm and a leg to buy one. The cost of Christmas trees are 5 to 10 percent higher because there is a shortage of trees this year. With Christmas just a month away, trees are sprouting up on street corners all over the city. Shoppers we found at the NYC Tree Shop on Second Avenue and 19th Street were […]

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  • Video: Al Franken and Leeann Tweeden talk with PIX11 during USO visit to Iraq in 2006

    A chill filled the air as the roar of a landing Blackhawk helicopter caught my attention. A USO troupe was returning from Ramadi where fierce fighting was underway. I quickly learned that the group included a couple of Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, model Leeann Tweeden and comedian Al Franken. I made a mad dash to the landing strip to try and secure them for my upcoming live broadcast for the PIX 11 Morning News. It was 4 p.m. at Camp Anaconda, in […]