David Scott is a veteran television journalist and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel's first Producer/Correspondent. His work as a network news producer has won some of the industry’s highest honors, including five News and Documentary Emmy awards, two Columbia-Dupont awards, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Prize.
As a Real Sports producer, David broke the story of the police shooting of minor leaguer Robbie Tolan on his parent’s front porch after being mistaken for a car thief. The Tolan shooting and David’s Real Sports segments about the American race gap in swimming and the 2009 collapse of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility earned Sports Emmy nominations.
In July 2014, David’s first segment as a Real Sports correspondent addressed the controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which exposed the harsh working conditions endured by laborers and the alleged corruption that occurred to secure the bid.
During his time as an on-air correspondent on Real Sports, Scott has earned many of journalism’s highest honors. In 2016, Scott’s segment on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar earned a duPont-Columbia University Award for broadcast journalism.
In 2015, Scott presented an investigative report titled “The Killing Fields,” in which he led Real Sports to Congo, Tanzania and Kenya to document the billion-dollar, criminal enterprise that is the ivory trade, the sickening slaughter of African elephants that fuels it, the devotion and bravery of rangers trying to protect them, and the delusion of trophy hunters who insist the money they bring to Africa somehow slows the decimation. The segment earned a prestigious George F. Peabody Award in 2016.
In May 2016, Scott earned a Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports Journalism” for a 2015 comprehensive expose on domestic violence issues in MMA.
In July of 2017, Scott delivered a blockbuster story that generated international headlines. Real Sports obtained the first U.S. television interview in several years with the controversial Chechnya Republic ruler Ramzan Kadyrov, who responded to allegations of arresting and torturing gay men in the region, dealing with U.S.-Russia relations on a global stage, and outlined his ambitious plan to build and export a Mixed Martial Arts empire.
The alarming story of the largely underreported story of a concussion crisis in the NHL was the topic of a widely seen February 2018 expose fronted by Scott. The harrowing life-threatening conditions that the local guides known as the Sherpas must endure in order to earn a living taking ambitious climbers up the dangerous Mt. Everest was reported on by Scott in an August 2018 feature.
David is a graduate of Tufts University and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.