Award-winning Washington journalist Scott MacFarlane has been named congressional correspondent for CBS News. In this role, MacFarlane will join the CBS News Washington bureau and report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.

MacFarlane brings a wealth of experience to the Capitol Hill beat having covered Washington, D.C. and the federal government for nearly 20 years. Most recently, MacFarlane’s coverage of the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol included interviews with several defendants. MacFarlane also contributed to the public release of some of the video exhibits used by federal prosecutors in court.

As a Washington based reporter for NBC’s local station for 8 years, MacFarlane has interviewed U.S. presidents, dozens of U.S. senators, governors and public officials. His investigations on public school security and his reporting on various child safety issues – as well as his reporting on thoroughbred horse racing deaths in West Virginia – gained national recognition.

“Scott has a proven track record of impactful reporting,” said Neeraj Khemlani, President and Co-Head of CBS News and Stations. “We’re thrilled he’s joining the CBS News Washington bureau and its top-tier correspondents, guiding viewers on every platform on how Washington developments affect their lives.”

MacFarlane’s investigative multi-part series on teacher licensing loopholes and child sexual abuse allegations led to the creation of five new state laws on school safety, triggered Congressional hearings and earned him the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism. His investigations of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inspired a congressional review by the House Oversight Committee, which cited his news reports during a June 2019 hearing’s opening and closing statements. MacFarlane’s reporting on thoroughbred horse racing deaths in West Virginia led to new safety state regulations and has been recognized by the Humane Society. His investigation into the mistreatment and poor working conditions for K-9s deployed around the world through a State Department program was recognized by the National Press Club. MacFarlane has been honored with a combined 20+ regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Awards throughout his career.

Before joining CBS News, MacFarlane was an investigative and political reporter for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. and contributor to the NBC News Channel. Prior to that, he was a Washington correspondent for the COX Media Group, a guest host on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel; and spent time at CBS as a reporter for the Network owned station in Detroit and as a freelance reporter for CBS News Radio.

MacFarlane has also produced documentaries on the history of two New York radio stations, WJPZ-FM and WAER-FM. He belongs to the WJPZ and WAER radio Halls of Fame. He previously served on the Board of Advisors of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. MacFarlane is a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University.


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Hugo Rojo, CBS News Communications

(202) 913-6818

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