Scott Cohn is an award winning journalist, public speaker, and consultant based in Santa Cruz, California . He contributes to CNBC 's breaking news coverage, and serves as a special correspondent for CNBC's American Greed .   
In 2005, the University honored him with its annual award for Distinguished Service to Journalism. 
Before launching his own production company in 2014, Cohn spent more than 25 years as a CNBC reporter. He helped launch CNBC in 1989, eventually rising to Senior Correspondent. He established the CNBC Chicago bureau as well as the network's investigative unit.