Don Scott has spent the last quarter century watching the sun come up alongside Marty Bass on the Eyewitness News Morning Edition, dealing with the day’s news, checking in with the “live” reporters doing the breaking news beat and directing drivers to WJZ Traffic Control updates.
But a decade before that he was the guy on the street, and having been there certainly seems to help get the “right now” stories reported better and clearer than anywhere else.
Don came to WJZ in July of 1974 when he was just 24 and immediately found himself in the midst of a garbage workers’ strike with city police officers going out on the picket lines themselves a day or two later. It was a hectic first week and a half, but it certainly set the pace for the next three plus decades on the streets and in the news studio.
Don and Marty also anchor the noon newscast along with Jessica Kartalija or Linh Bui and a tag team of meteorologists — Chelsea Ingram and Tim Williams — a broadcast that often doubles the audience of any on at the same time!
Prior to WJZ, Don worked in Dayton, Ohio as weekend anchor. Before that, he was news director and anchor at WLIO-TV in Lima, Ohio.
The Ashtabula, Ohio native holds a B.A. degree from Wittenberg University and lives high on a hill overlooking a big swath of Baltimore County. He and his wife Deborah have two sons and two dogs “Mac” and “Maggie”. Don and “Maggie” arise each weekday at 3:15 a.m.!
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