Scott Dodd is a veteran journalist who has held a wide variety of reporting, editing and leadership roles across print and digital media. His latest job is as a senior staff editor at The New York Times, where he has worked on a broad range of news and feature stories, including coverage of Hurricane Florence and a race across Antarctica. Before joining The Times, Scott was the editor of the environmental news site Grist, which he led to its first National Magazine Award nomination, and the digital editor of OnEarth magazine, where his reporting on the financial holdings of a top Obama administration official was hailed as “bang-up investigative journalism” by CJR.
Scott has an extensive newspaper background and has earned numerous awards for investigative reporting, deadline writing, and sports and business journalism. He started at Penn State’s Daily Collegian, where the staff called him “Digger,” and worked for four years at the York Daily Record in Pennsylvania, where he covered night cops, county government and the statehouse. He produced an award-winning investigation that exposed the weak evidence against a death row inmate who was later freed by DNA testing. He also let police pepper spray him in the face for a story.
Scott then moved to The Charlotte Observer, covering growth, real estate and the power players in the New South’s fast-growing city – including from the top of a 50-story tower crane. He later joined the paper’s “story of the moment” team as a general assignment reporter, focusing on breaking news and investigations. He covered plane crashes, political corruption, hurricanes and a Super Bowl. The local alt-weekly named him the city’s best newspaper reporter, writing: “When The Charlotte Observer wants to make a good story a great one, it sends out Scott Dodd.” His editors also sent him to the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina, where he contributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.
Born in rural West Virginia, Scott also lived in New Orleans, Tulsa and Pittsburgh growing up. He has journalism degrees from Penn State and Columbia University, where he sometimes teaches as an adjunct professor. Besides his roles in journalism, he has created web content for a museum, run the digital and social media teams at a nonprofit, bused tables and worked in a record store. His wife is also a journalist; they met covering a City Council meeting.