Scott Baker, Editor-in-Chief of The Blaze, is a veteran broadcast journalist, commentator and web news editor with a quarter-century of experience covering news stories of all kinds.
In 2007, Scott co-founded Breitbart.tv. He served as Chief Operating Officer and co-editor of the site for three years. During that time, Breitbart.tv logged more than 175 million page views on nearly 30,000 hand-crafted news video posts. Breitbart.tv has posted some of the most-watched news videos on the Internet and reached peak traffic of more than 10 million page views in a single month.
Scott is also a principal at Hot Metal Media, a video production company in Pittsburgh. HMM produces The B-Cast, a long-form news/talk webcast that airs live weekdays at 4pm ET. More than three million viewers have watched the live or on-demand versions of the show over the past two years, with some 50,000 unique viewers of the live program each month.
Prior to the launch of Breitbart.tv, Scott served as Vice President for Business Development at the busy news aggregation site Breitbart.com. During that time, the site was redesigned and relaunched with a host of new content.
A Virginia native, Scott became interested in broadcasting while working on political campaigns during his school years at Wheaton College (Illinois). He was state president of the Illinois College Republicans and worked on the full-time staff of the Reagan-Bush ‘84 campaign. He graduated from Wheaton with a degree in Political Science.
Scott first met Ronald Reagan after winning the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest during his senior year in high school. Past winners of the Voice of Democracy contest include Charles Kuralt, Anita Bryant, and John Ashcroft.
His broadcast journalism career involved time at the Voice of America in Washington, D.C., CBS News in New York, and at local television stations in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Saginaw, Michigan, and for 13 years as a primary anchor at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.
Broadcast news viewers came to know Scott best for both his humor and his skills anchoring and reporting during breaking news events.
Scott is a frequent speaker and seminar leader across the country. For 15 years, he led the Broadcast Journalism School at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Thousands of students attended the intense two-day seminar which focused on strategies for launching successful media careers.
He is also the author of a stage play for young people on the life of the composer Dvorak. This play has been performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Scott has four children and lives with his wife (and some of the younger kids) in Pittsburgh.