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WPIX’s Marvin Scott Tells Tales of Distinguished Career

It’s a fabled career that most could not even dream of having. Marvin Scott has been a journalist in print and television for more than a half-century.

A member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Scott has amassed more than 10 Emmy Awards.

Now, the longtime WPIX reporter is going through the vault for his autobiography, As I Saw It: A Reporter’s Intrepid Journey (Beaufort Books).

We learn the inner workings of his street cred and building of sources and (the topical) leaks. Scott takes you overseas to war zones in Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Suez Canal. But the whole book is worth it just to read his chilling account of 9/11. Scott, frustrated and stuck in New Jersey, would not sit idly by as the towers were targets of terror.

Before cementing his legendary tenure in New York at WPIX, Scott was part of Channel 5’s upstart Ten O’Clock News. It all started for a 14-year-old Scott when he sold a photo to the New York Daily News.

He was there for the Beatles’ euphoria in 1964 when they arrived at Kennedy Airport and the dread 16 years later when John Lennon was gunned down.

Scott delves into some investigative pieces that still resonate decades later and some interviews that stand the test of time like PLO leader Yassar Arafat.

There’s also a riveting behind-the-scenes account of a scoop that slipped through his fingers when President Obama would announce Osama bin Laden was dead.

The events jump off the page as Scott freshens memories and educates a new generation. You don’t have to be a broadcasting fan to enjoy this great read.

This barely scratches the surface on the 300 pages where we learn the most important of the “5 W’s” — why — because he loves the work!