Scott Fais doesn’t stay in one place for too long.
When you don’t see this award-winning journalist on News 13, you may just pass Scott on the road traveling to his next adventure for his acclaimed Florida on a Tankful series.
From Jacksonville to Key West, Scott travels across the Sunshine State discovering places off the beaten path and telling unique stories that our viewers remember.
As the host of Florida on a Tankful, Scott has earned the reputation as a master storyteller not only on News 13, but our sister station, Bay News 9, in the Tampa Bay market.
Many viewers will recall Scott as Central Florida News 13’s popular Generation to Generation and Your Home reporter before he set out for Florida’s back roads with camera and note pad in hand.
You can read about Scott’s latest travel quest in his blog, “The Road Log,” and watch his stories on your schedule on Central Florida On Demand, Digital Cable Channel 300, only Bright House Networks.
But it’s not all sun and surf. Scott is also known for his ability to switch gears and cover the big stories, from hurricanes and space shuttle lunches to elections and politics, Scott thrives on being live from the frontline.
To date, Scott has earned nine Associated Press Awards and 16 honors from The Society of Professional Journalists. After six Emmy nominations for reporting, editing and writing, Scott finally won the golden statue in 2009.
A year earlier, The Society of Professional Journalists honored Fais with the Green Eyeshade Award as the Leading Travel Writer on Television in the Southeast United States. When not on the road, Scott is hard at work on his first book, scheduled for a spring 2011 release.
Scott joined the reporting staff at Central Florida News 13 in April 2001 after working with the Ohio News Network (ONN) as the state-wide news channel’s political and public affairs producer.
He also spent time at WSYX-TV in college and later as an overnight newsource anchor at WBNS-TV, both in Columbus, Ohio. Scott’s career got an early start when he became a production assistant at WTTE-TV in Columbus during high school. He was the youngest employee ever hired by the station.
Always traveling, Scott earned his college degree by way of London, England, Washington, D.C. and finally Otterbein College in his native Westerville, Ohio. While in college, Scott spent a semester studying religion and environmental science at Froebel College in London.
He also served as the Sy-Fy Channel Europe’s first intern after backpacking across Europe and the United Kingdom. Following Great Britain, Scott spent an in-depth semester studying journalism at American University in the nation’s capital and held a part-time job at Fox.
Scott’s enthusiasm for water skiing and boating includes membership with the United States Power Squadron, a national safe-boating organization. He is also a theme-park fan with a membership in the National Amusement Park Historical Association.
When at home, Scott spends time volunteering with Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization in Kissimmee granting children with life threatening illnesses and their families a once-in-a-lifetime-trip to Central Florida.
He proudly serves as the emcee for the not-for-profit group’s annual volunteer appreciation event, honoring Give Kids The World’s 3,000 “Angels,” the title bestowed upon the proud folks who serve as the organization’s valiant volunteers.