Scott Fais, Florida on a Tankful
Accomplished television journalist, producer and host Scott Fais doesn’t slow down very often.
When you don't see this award-winning journalist on Bay News 9, you may just pass Scott on the road traveling to his next adventure for his acclaimed Florida on a Tankful series.
From Pensacola 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 Bay News 9, but also our sister station, News 13 in Central Florida. Since first hosting the series in 2007, Scott has traveled more than 60,000 miles across the Sunshine State, the same distance as circling the globe - twice.
You can read about Scott's latest travels for Bay News 9 on the Florida on a Tankful page and watch his stories on your schedule on Bright House Networks Local on Demand, Digital Cable Channel 999, only on 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 stories to elections and politics, Scott thrives on being live from the frontline.
To date, Scott has earned 10 Associated Press Awards and 16 honors from The Society of Professional Journalists. A multiple-time Emmy nominee, Scott has brought home the golden statue three times.
The Society of Professional Journalists have also honored Fais with the Green Eyeshade Award, named him the leading Feature Reporter on Television in the Southeast United States.
Yet, Scott will tell you he is most proud of the philanthropy event he helped develop for Give Kids the World. The not-for-profit organization in Orlando grants children with life threatening illnesses and their families a once-in-a-lifetime vacation away from medical treatments. “Coasting for Kids” began in 2009 at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. In just two years, the event grew to 10 Cedar Fair amusement parks nationwide. Each June, the event generates thousands of dollars in donations to further the mission of Give Kids the World.
Scott joined the reporting staff at Central Florida News 13, after working with the Ohio News Network (ONN) as the state-wide news channel's political and public affairs producer.
He also spent time in the newsroom 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 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 the Fox network.
Scott's enthusiasm for water skiing, paddle boarding and boating includes a membership with the United States Power Squadron, a national safe-boating organization. He is also a theme-park fan and marathon runner. When not on the road, Scott is hard at work on his first book.
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