Scott Bronstein

Senior Producer/Writer

Scott Bronstein is an Emmy award-winning senior producer and writer for CNN's investigative unit. Bronstein joined the network in October 2004.
Scott Bronstein


Scott Bronstein is an Emmy award-winning senior producer and writer for CNN’s investigative unit. Based in the Washington bureau, Bronstein joined the network in October 2004.

Bronstein has investigated and reported on a wide range of stories worldwide, including international terrorism, ISIS, military issues, human rights issues, government waste and fraud, corporate malfeasance, the environment and politics.

Bronstein was a lead member of the CNN investigative team that recently earned a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Emmy nomination for the network’s exclusive year-long investigation into deadly delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the U.S. The team, led by CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, revealed that dozens of military veterans had died because of appointment delays, and thousands more were experiencing unacceptably long waits for medical treatment.

As a result of the coverage by CNN’s investigative team, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned and several other managers were fired. Congress also took action by passing historic legislation funding more medical care and allowing veterans to seek care outside of the VA.

Bronstein was a member of the CNN reporting team that covered both the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January 2015 and also the November 2015. Bataclan and stadium/café attacks later that year where 137 were murdered. He wrote and produced numerous stories on the attacks.

Following the Paris attacks, in 2016 Bronstein led a CNN team with correspondent Clarissa Ward that wrote and produced a special report after exclusively obtaining thousands of detailed documents and information about the Paris attackers.

During the 2016 election, Bronstein was part of CNN’s investigative team examining various candidates and their spending.

He wrote and produced a series of stories on murders of African Americans in Mississippi, exposing them as hate crimes.

Bronstein was part of CNN’s team coverage of the 2011 Arab Spring, that won a Peabody award; he co-wrote and co-produced a special hour on Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain, ‘i-Revolution.’

Bronstein was also part of CNN’s team coverage of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, which won a Peabody award, and he co-produced and wrote an hour special featuring Anderson Cooper on the survivors of the Deepwater Horizon.

Bronstein’s CNN reports have been nominated for two other national Emmy awards.

Before coming to CNN in 2004, Bronstein worked as a staff producer and writer for National Geographic Television and Film, where he co-wrote, produced and directed several award-winning international documentaries, including the film “Liberia: American Dream?,” which won the Alfred I. duPont Columbia award, and also the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow award for best documentary.

Before that Bronstein was a staff producer for CBS News 60 Minutes, where he co-produced and wrote award-winning investigations from around the world, including stories on Untouchables in India, mercenaries in Africa, and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bronstein produced and wrote for 60 Minutes correspondents Christiane Amanpour and Mike Wallace, and his work with Amanpour won the national investigative Emmy award in 1998, and a story with Wallace was nominated for an Emmy in 2000.

Before working in television, Bronstein worked for a decade as a print writer and reporter, mostly at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he won numerous awards.

Bronstein began his news career as a reporter for the NPR affiliate station KCFR, in Denver, Colorado, where he grew up.

He earned his MS from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, in New York. He got his BA from the University of Denver, and attended Occidental College.