Prior to coming to CBS News, Scholl spent a long career at NBC News where, for nearly ten years, he was assigned as an investigative producer for Dateline NBC. He also worked for several years as a producer for NBC Nightly News, similarly focused on investigative projects. Among other stories he produced at NBC, Scholl became the first reporter allowed inside a Top Secret bunker in West Virginia. He also focused on drug smuggling along the southwest border, broken dams and infrastructure around the country, and a secret World War II effort to capture Latin Americans that had never been exposed. His 1997 report on a Marine Corps hazing ritual called Blood Pinning earned Scholl an Emmy.
Scholl's work has received many other top awards, including a 1991 DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award for an investigative report focused on the farm chemical, anhydrous ammonia, which he produced while still a reporter in local television. In all, he has won two national Emmys, a George Polk Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, and been recognized as a finalist in several others.
Scholl began his career in front of the camera as a reporter at a Waterloo, Iowa, television station, and spent a brief time working as a reporter at the NBC-affiliated station in Nashville, TN, before being recruited to the network.
He is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He has one son.