Scott Bowles was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of a newspaper veteran and first-grade school teacher.  He moved to Detroit in the first grade and attended school in Michigan through college. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Russian history from The University of Michigan.


Bowles on the set of Mission: Impossible III

A film critic and reporter with USA Today for 17 years, Bowles has been a staff writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Detroit News and The Washington Post. He held a number of beats at USA Today, including breaking news, transportation and film. 

Bowles on the set with Dwayne Johnson

Bowles' moderating panel for the film American Gangster


Bowles is also a frequent contributor for networks including G4 and CNN. 


Kevin Pereira sits down with Bowles, and Devin Faraci, Senior Editor for, for their thoughts on what audiences can expect from these summer blockbusters.


His awards include an Associated Press feature writing award in 1989 for his story on mass murderer Ronald Gene Simmons in Arkansas. Bowles was picked to witness the execution.

He won the Oakland County Bar Association Journalism Award in 1991 for a series of articles detailing how quickly convicted murderers were released from state prison through good behavior.

Bowles was twice The Detroit News' Pulitzer Prize nominee for beat reporting, in 1991 and 1992, including for a project in 1991 that coined the term "carjacking." The project helped him win the University of Colorado's Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting in 1992.

Article in The Detroit News announcing Bowles' win.

He received the 2006 Publicist Guild Press Award for coverage of the film industry and was asked by Paramount Pictures to make an appearance playing a reporter in the 2008 film Iron Man.

Bowles filming a scene with Oscar winner, Jeff Bridges.

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He is author of the book The Needle and the Damage Done (non-fiction) and lead author of Crime on Deadline (non-fiction).

Needle, Bowles' book and series on organ transplantation, received The Poynter Institute's "Citation of Excellence."

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Bowles teaches the Fundamentals of Reporting and Writing for UCLA's journalism and public relations extension department. He is also a voting member of the American Film Institute and Broadcast Film Critics Association.