Ron Mott was named NBC News correspondent in May 2005 and is based in Atlanta. Mott contributes regularly to “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” MSNBC, CNBC, and NBC Mobile.
Mott has covered some of the most notable stories in the Southeast since joining the network, including Hurricane Katrina, for which he earned an Emmy nomination and a “Let’s Do It Better!” Award of Excellence from Columbia University for reporting on race and ethnicity; the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case; and a series of church arsons in Alabama.
Mott became a familiar presence during the historic 2005 hurricane season, covering a handful of major storms that threatened the Gulf states and Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Before joining the network, Mott was a news reporter and fill-in anchor with television stations in his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., and in Burlington, Vt. Much of Mott’s career prior to transitioning to television news was in the sports industry. Mott worked in the public relations office of the Kansas City Chiefs; was a sports writer at the Kansas City Star, as well as a newspaper reporter/writer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); and spent two years as communications and public relations director for a subsidiary company owned by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus.
While in high school, Mott was selected as an on-air correspondent for the NBC News series, “Main Street,” hosted by former TODAY co-anchor Bryant Gumbel.
He earned a master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mott is a licensed private pilot and member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He and his wife reside in suburban Atlanta.