Cathy Scott, a graduate of the University of Redlands, is an author and award-winning journalist who’s received more than a dozen awards from news organizations in California and Nevada. Currently she is a staff writer for Best Friends Animal Society’s magazine and Web sites.
She is the author of the Los Angeles Times’ best-seller The Killing of Tupac Shakur, as well as The Murder of Biggie Smalls, Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case, and Death of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman. Her newest book, to be released in October, 2011 is The Millionaire’s Wife about the 1990 contract murder of George Kogan on an Upper East Side Manhattan street in broad daylight. Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and Barbara Kogan, George’s estranged wife at the time, admitted to hiring a hit man to have her husband gunned down.
She’s also a freelance reporter and stringer for The New York Times and Reuters news service. Her work has appeared in George magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, New York Times Magazine, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Las Vegas Sun, AmericaOnline and APBNews.com. Until she went to New Orleans to cover the largest natural disaster in history, she taught journalism at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She left that position to report on the rescue of animals for Best Friends.
She has appeared on Unsolved Mysteries, CourtTV, CNN, BET, VH1, MTV, Uncovered TV, CBS 2’s Morning Show, Talk Books, National Public Radio, and “Backstage Live” with Gary and Connie.”
Her work has taken her to Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Panama. A native San Diegan, she has one son and two grandchildren She lives in Las Vegas.