WABC Names Scott Matthews News Director

By Kevin Eck 

Scott Matthews has been named vice president and news director of New York ABC owned station WABC. He replaces Rehan Aslam, who died after a battle with glioblastoma in July.

“Whether its hard-hitting investigative journalism, probing business reports, breaking news or long-form non-fiction features, Scott has a wealth of experience producing informative and engaging programming across platforms,” said Marilu Galvez, WABC president and general manager. “I’m thrilled to have him on the team and am confident his wealth of experience in both local and national news will be a tremendous asset to our news operations.”

“I am excited to join and lead the No. 1 news team in the country,” said Matthews. “Eyewitness News has a long history of telling important stories and bringing millions of viewers vital information that impacts their lives. I look forward to working along-side of the incredible individuals who produce the top-notch content that populates WABC 7’s media platforms.”


Matthews last worked as an executive producer at CNN. He’s also worked as vp of news specials at CNBC from May 2011 through December 2019. While there, he was responsible for conceiving and leading the production of news specials including breaking news and special event programming for business day and primetime hours. Matthews also oversaw the investigative unit and developed documentaries and entertainment shows in addition to consulting and helping develop news programs for the business day unit, including on-screen graphic and promotional strategies.

Before that, Matthews was director of programming for CNN Productions. At CNN, he oversaw the award-winning documentary series CNN Presents and the CNN Special Investigations Unit.