Scott Dodd has held reporting, editing and leadership roles at publications across print and digital media. His latest job is at The New York Times, where he edits news and feature stories for various desks. Before joining The Times, Scott was the executive editor of Grist, which he led to its first National Magazine Award nomination, and the digital editor of OnEarth, where his reporting was hailed as “bang-up investigative journalism” by CJR.
Scott 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. 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 fastest-growing city – including from the top of a 50-story tower crane. As a general assignment reporter, he covered plane crashes, political corruption, hurricanes and a Super Bowl. The local alt-weekly wrote: “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 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.