In his new book, As I Saw It: A Reporter’s Intrepid Journey, Scott reflects on the stories that have stuck with him personally over the years, and the people who gave them life — from political scandals to hauntings at Amityville, local tragedies, triumphs and absurdities find their place alongside accounts of crime, redemption, war and celebrity on a national scale. Revealed with Scott’s signature passion and candor, As I Saw It pairs Scott’s unique storytelling and photography to give readers a fresh look at the singular experiences of a lifelong reporter, and the stories that shaped a generation.
A meticulously detailed page-turner, As I Saw It puts the reader in the iconic newsman’s shoes. The stories are told with the people at the heart of the story, and it’s sure to be one of the summer’s most talked-about titles. As I Saw It also includes the following highlights:
- The kiss Scott never saw coming from crooner Eddie Fisher, the day Liberace played the piano for him, and how sightless Stevie Wonder recognized him from television.
- When Scott and a colleague sued the author of The Amityville Horror after he claimed to have used them as the prologue and epilogue of his haunting story to give credibility to what Scott determined was a fraudulent ghost story — plus the night he spent in the house and his participation in two seances!
- The collect call Scott received from an incarcerated Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, wanting to know more about Scott’s report that he was about to be released awaiting the appeal of his murder trial.
- Scott’s securing of a captivating exclusive interview with Abraham Zapruder, the man who took the historic film of the Kennedy assassination, and how it took 40 years for him to get permission to use the film so he could synchronize a portion of his interview with the film so it sounds as if Zapruder is narrating the graphic 26 second clip.
- The time Scott feigned a Southern accent to charm a junk dealer into allowing him to use his phone to file a report during a “March Against Fear” in Mississippi. During that march, Scott offered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a can of Coke as they sat on a dirt embankment along the highway. Two years later, he experienced one of the most devastating moments of his career as he was one of three reporters in the funeral home as leaders of the civil rights movement stood over Dr. King’s casket.
- The tale of how Scott missed an ill-fated flight involved in a mid-air collision over New York, because he had to work the overnight shift of a drunk colleague.
- His riveting story of visiting an orphanage in Lebanon and how the headmaster of the school misinterpreted his question, plus his midnight interview with Yasser Arafat who gave him a picture of an infant taken from the body of her mother who he said was killed in an Israeli bombing raid. He told Scott to take the picture back to what sounded like “Jew York.”
- There’s the humorous tale of the night Scott literally did the news in briefs—his BVD’s—hidden behind the anchor desk at his first television job in Charleston, West Virginia.
- Scott describes the agony and ecstasy of exclusives, how he was responsible for getting a retired British Airways Concorde a new home in New York, his one word exclusive with Jackie Onassis, and his late-night encounter with an “Angel of the Evening.”
- The most difficult interview with a Holocaust denier, and the inspirational one with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; and the infamous bank robber who inspired the film “Dog Day Afternoon” tells Scott why he wanted a job as a bank security guard.
Veteran print and broadcast journalist Marvin Scott is a member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the recipient of eleven Emmy awards for journalistic achievement. He began his career as a feature writer for the NY Herald Tribune, and was a contributing writer for Parade Magazine. Currently, Scott is the Senior Correspondent for WPIX-TV in New York. Among his many honors is the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for outstanding Americans. Scott is also an accomplished photographer, whose work has been exhibited in galleries.
His new book, As I Saw It, is available on Amazon and through other fine booksellers. Scott can be found on Twitter and Facebook.