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 Seraphim Rose: The True Story and Private Letters. Her latest true-crime book is Death of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman.
Scott is a member of the Authors Guild and the Society of Professional Journalists' national Speakers Bureau. She also serves as the Nevada chairwoman of the Society of Professional Journalist’s Sunshine Committee which works to keep government records open to the public.
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. ..
Cathy describes how she got involved in writing:.
"I grew up in La Mesa, Calif. surrounded by books. My family had a black-and-white TV. Instead of watching, we read. My mother eventually became a writer, and my father was always a story teller. In junior high, a neighbor, Victoria Pynchon, her sister Sharon, my twin sister Cordelia and I started a club and called it Sisters of the Pen. We wrote fiction and actually took minutes of our writing sessions and meetings. We even paid dues to cover the costs of paper and pencils. That's when I knew I wanted to write. A 12th grade teacher, Miss Moore, later reinforced it. But it would take nearly a lifetime for it to become a reality. Now I make a living at it..
"I look at writing and reporting as the craft that it is. The more you do it, the better you get. I love the research of a solid true crime, digging up the facts through interviews and document searching. And I love piecing the details together like a jigsaw puzzle, making sense of it all. Hopefully, the result is at least a small portion of justice for each of the victims -- especially the unsolved cases -- inside the pages of their respective books." --Cathy Scott
Cathy and grandson Jake Granddaughter Claire With dogs on outing
Cathy writing, with cub reporter Lois Lane, at a
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