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Ted Scouten

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Emmy award winning journalist Ted Scouten has been the familiar face at the scene of international stories that affect South Florida since 1998. From being the first South Florida reporter in Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, to the Attorney General’s hearings regarding the custody of Elian Gonzalez in Washington D.C., to standing out in the rain all over the Caribbean and Central American chasing hurricanes and reporting on the aftermath, Ted has always been there to bring a local perspective and face to the story.

Scouten has reported from CBS 4’s Broward County Newsroom since 1999, and the contacts that he’s made proved valuable when he broke the story and was the first on the scene for the death of Anna Nicole Smith.  Ted came to WFOR from WFTV in Orlando, Florida where he was a reporter and anchor. He began his career at KGNS-TV in Laredo, Texas. From there, he moved through Texas markets in Brownsville and Austin where he was the morning anchor at KTBC-TV.

Throughout his career, Ted has reported on a number of major news stories. He was in San Antonio for Pope John Paul II’s visit and was present for the shoot-out between law enforcement officers and cult members of the Branch Davidian sect in Waco, Texas. Scouten was also on the scene sorting out the daily chaos of the 2000 Presidential Election, as well as the chaos at Michael Jackson’s arraignment in Santa Maria, California. He has also reported stories about political riots in Mexico, rampant drug smuggling along the Texas-Mexican border and the effects of heroin and cocaine trafficking between the Caribbean, South America and Florida.

After more than two decades of covering the news of the day, Ted is most proud of his Cold Case/ You Crack The Case reports. This series lets viewers see what happens after the crime, assists in solving crimes, helps in bringing closure to crime victims and their families, and advocates victims’ rights.

In 2007 Ted was honored to be the emcee of an emotional tribute to Veterans held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to kick off the CBS 4 sponsored McDonald’s Air and Sea Show. Ted’s father is a Purple Heart recipient WWII veteran who lost both legs in Okinawa.

Over the years Ted had been lending support to many local organizations like H.E.L.P., Inc. (www.helpinclaw.com), The Jarvis Foundation, AIDS Walk Fort Lauderdale, and The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.  Ted won a 2002 Emmy award for a report on Animal Overpopulation in South Florida and he has worked to spread the word on the importance of pet adoption and companion animals for the elderly. Ted is also active in the wildlife community volunteering at the SPCA Wildlife Care Center fund raisers (www.WildlifeCareCenter.org).

Being the youngest of five adopted children, the oldest two of which are developmentally disabled, Ted is an advocate for adoption. Ted was raised in the Chicagoland area and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism and minors in Spanish and Psychology. Ted also attended the Universidad de Valencia in Valencia, Spain and is fluent in both Spanish and English. Ted and his partner helped to raise his teenaged nephew and niece, the oldest of which is now a proud United States Marine stationed in Japan.

On the weekends Ted can usually be found at a home improvement store getting ready to tackle a home improvement project because “the house will never be finished,” watching a Dolphins or Marlins game or traveling. Traveling is probably the reason that the house will never be finished. Some of his favorite places to relax are Venezuela, Palm Springs, California and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. and of course South Florida, the place that has become home.

Ted welcomes your story and Cold Case ideas and comments. You may contact him at 305-639-4549

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Steven Marks (Source: CBS4)

Local Aviation Attorney Questioning What Happened To Malaysian Flight 370

When Malaysia’s Prime Minister announced that all indications are that Malaysian jetliner went down in the Indian Ocean but Miami attorney and aviation expert Steven Marks still has a lot of questions.

03/24/2014

Jeb Bush speaks to business leaders in Broward County on 3/21/14. (Source: CBS4)

Jeb Bush Discusses Politics, But Not Presidency

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has not announced whether or not he’s going to run for President, but the speculation grows and so do the joke.

CBS Miami–03/21/2014

Plane en-route to FLL aborts take-off. Some passengers exited the plane on chutes. (Courtesy: Dennis Fee)

Passengers From Evacuated Plane In Philly Arrive In South Florida

Passengers aboard a plane that was forced to abort take off at Philadelphia International Airport were relieved to make it safely to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Friday morning.

CBS Miami–03/14/2014

Private Lenny Kravitz (Source: Mitch Libman)

Decades Later, Two South Florida Heroes Receive The Honor They Deserve

For more than four decades, Mitch Libman has been fighting to get his friend Private Lenny Kravitz recognized for the hero he was on the battlefield in Korea.

03/12/2014

Homicide detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office have launched an investigation into a deadly warehouse fire in Pompano Beach.  (Source: CBS4)

Deadly Warehouse Fire In Pompano Beach

Homicide detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office have launched an investigation into a deadly warehouse fire in Pompano Beach.

03/11/2014

Kristeena Chace with her  9- year old special needs son, Christian, who walked away from his Fort Lauderdale elementary school. (Courtesy: Kristeena Chace)

Special Needs Child Walks Out Of School, Staff Had No Idea

When Kristeena Chace’s 9- year old special needs son, Christian, walked away from his elementary school on Tuesday, she was shocked when she found out and very scared, thinking of him walking 13 blocks home all alone.

03/07/2014

(Credit: Thinkstock)

Fla. Senate Passes Tougher Sexual Predator Bills

The Florida Senate wasted no time passing a package of bills that are designed to strengthen sexual predator laws. The laws passed on the first day of the legislature’s annual session.

CBS Miami–03/04/2014

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Rubio & Scott Make A Stop In Doral To Talk About Venezuela

Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio made their way to Doral Friday where protesters rallied for change in their country to speak to the leaders of the Miami-Venex Democratic Unity Roundtable.

CBS Miami–02/28/2014

Mugshot of James Ross (Source: Broward Sheriff's Office)

Fmr. Coach Arrested In Child Prostitution Case

Fort Lauderdale Police say they have arrested a former teacher at the Broward Christian School in Plantation who was allegedly recruiting adult and juvenile females for sex trafficking.

CBS Miami–02/26/2014

T-Mobile store (Source: CBS4)

Burglars Use SUV For Cellphone Store Smash & Grab

Using a SUV as a battering ram, two burglars made a smashing entrance into a cellphone store in Hollywood.

02/25/2014

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