Scott has more than 30 years’ experience as an editor at newspapers and magazines.
He began his journalism career in the 1980s in the most excellent of laboratories—the metropolitan New York area, home to one of the most vibrant and competitive journalism markets in the country. There, Scott ran the copy desk at the Paterson News after doing a stint as editorial page editor. He then spent eight years on the copy desk at The Charlotte Observer, where he edited local, national, and international stories and helped lay out the A section.
When he came to Washington, D.C., in 1998, he joined National Journal after a short stay at The Washington Times. From 2006 to 2014, Scott ran National Journal's copy desk and helped create the unified newsroom in 2010 that puts out a website, newspaper, and weekly magazine. In late 2014, he joined CQ Researcher as an assistant managing editor. He has freelanced for American Heritage as a line editor and has begun editing nonfiction books in his spare time. Early clients include the University of North Carolina Press, the University of Alabama Press, and Penn State University Press, and the manuscripts range from portrayals of the home front during the Civil War to the Berkeley peace movement of the 1970s.
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