CNN announced this morning that Scott Zamost had joined the networks Investigative Team as an investigative producer…
Scott Zamost, an investigative journalist who has won nearly every major broadcast journalism award for his hard-hitting reports, has joined CNN as an investigative producer, it was announced today by Mark Nelson, vice president and senior executive producer of CNN Productions. Zamost will be based at the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta.
“For more than 15 years, Scott has maintained a reputation as one of the most astute and accomplished investigative journalists in the country,” Nelson said. “So when we learned that he was seeking new opportunities to expand his investigative efforts, we were not surprised that many networks and news stations actively sought him out. I’m pleased to say we won.”
“Investigative reporting has been my passion and the root of my journalistic endeavors for many years,” Zamost said. “I’m honored to join CNN as it expands its enterprise reporting efforts and have the opportunity to take my investigations to a national and global level.”
Zamost most recently was the investigative producer for WTVJ-TV/NBC 6 in Miami where his stories received national attention. Among his investigations were “Citizenship For Sale,” which revealed how illegal immigrants traveled to Florida to purchase Indian tribe memberships with the promise they could stay in the United States, and “Selling Innocence” about how parents were exploiting their own children as child models online.
Prior to WTVJ-TV/NBC 6, Zamost was an investigative producer for WPLG-TV in Miami and a producer for CBS News in New York. Before his broadcast journalism career, Zamost was a reporter and gaming editor at the Las Vegas Sun and a contributing editor to Las Vegan Magazine. He also worked as a reporter, columnist and assistant editor at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.
His awards include a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors and a National Press Club award in 2007; two National Clarion awards for investigative reporting; four Edward R. Murrow awards; three National Headliner awards; numerous state, regional and national awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists and 23 Emmy awards and 43 Emmy nominations.
Zamost received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.