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Scott Bremner is a national award winning writer and Emmy award winning journalist whose work has appeared on television, radio and through the Internet over the past 30 years.

In 1998, Scott began writing a column directly to the Internet and in short order the work began winning awards. First, Scott was awarded a silver medal by the International Association of Business Communicators.

In 2000, Scott was judged to be best in the nation for online work from the prestigious National Society of Newspaper Columnists. A collection of those pieces can now be found in Scott's first book, "Thoughts from Under the Hat."

The video version of Scott's weekly columns has now won three Emmy awards for editorial writing, the first Emmy Awards ever won in the Erie market.

Those pieces can now be seen here and also every Friday night on See News at Six.

Scott also hosts, books and produces our weekly Insider community affairs show and is the Executive Producer of SEE News.

Scott is married to Diane, a high school English teacher. They have two daughters and live in the suburban Erie area.

Under the Hat-Goodbye for Now Video included

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This is my last day and tomorrow will be the first time in more than 30 years that the name Scott Bremner won’t be associated with the WSEE call letters. More>>

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  • Under the Hat-Everything Old..

    Under the Hat-Everything Old..

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:46:53 GMT
    It’s said that everything old is new again, and that’s true, with the possible exception of me, of course.More >>
    It’s said that everything old is new again, and that’s true, with the possible exception of me, of course.More >>
  • Under the Hat-Happy Erie

    Under the Hat-Happy Erie

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:06:52 GMT
    Many of us spend our entire lives trying to unlock the secret of being happy. It’s so important that it was written into the founding thoughts of our nation;More >>
    Many of us spend our entire lives trying to unlock the secret of being happy. It’s so important that it was written into the founding thoughts of our nation; More >>
  • Under the Hat-The Beautiful Game

    Under the Hat-The Beautiful Game

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:19:39 GMT
    There are still a lot of Americans who don’t get it when it comes to World Cup Soccer, the Beautiful Game.More >>
    There are still a lot of Americans who don’t get it when it comes to World Cup Soccer, the Beautiful Game. More >>
  • Under the Hat-Happy 238th America!

    Under the Hat-Happy 238th America!

    Friday, July 4 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-07-04 14:58:52 GMT
    It was an idea that was, well, revolutionary that a nation could be run, not by a king; not by feudal lords or military might but by the people themselves.A people who would have certain unalienable rights; to pursue their dreams for their lives, their liberties and their ultimate happiness.It would be a place where all men would be created equal. That was the dream.It wasn’t easy but on this day 238 years ago a group...More >>
    It was an idea that was, well, revolutionary that a nation could be run, not by a king; not by feudal lords or military might but by the people themselves.A people who would have certain unalienable rights; to pursue their dreams for their lives, their liberties and their ultimate happiness.It would be a place where all men would be created equal. That was the dream.It wasn’t easy but on this day 238 years ago a group...More >>
  • Under the Hat-One to Leave Alone

    Under the Hat-One to Leave Alone

    Friday, June 27 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-06-27 16:34:33 GMT
    The following is an open letter to both Democrats and Republicans in Harrisburg.Dear Political Folks,There’s no doubt that you live in a bare knuckle world, a place where it is not good enough to just succeed unless you see the other side of the aisle fail.It doesn’t matter the subject, the process is still the same; the environment or taxes or health care.Grind the other guy down then tout why you are smarter and mor...More >>
    The following is an open letter to both Democrats and Republicans in Harrisburg.Dear Political Folks,There’s no doubt that you live in a bare knuckle world, a place where it is not good enough to just succeed unless you see the other side of the aisle fail.It doesn’t matter the subject, the process is still the same; the environment or taxes or health care.Grind the other guy down then tout why you are smarter and mor...More >>
  • Under the Hat: NIMBY

    Under the Hat: NIMBY

    Friday, May 16 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-05-16 15:08:52 GMT
    We certainly had some mixed feelings hearing the news that the money people had pulled the plug on a planned rail-to-truck transfer station that had been planned for Harborcreek. The terminal would have been part of a complex series of projects called the Inland Port; it has the goal of transforming the local economy by tying together the region’s rail, truck and shipping assets. With more shippers moving to contain...More >>
    We certainly had some mixed feelings hearing the news that the money people had pulled the plug on a planned rail-to-truck transfer station that had been planned for Harborcreek. The terminal would have been part of a complex series of projects called the Inland Port; it has the goal of transforming the local economy by tying together the region’s rail, truck and shipping assets. With more shippers moving to contain...More >>
  • Reality on Track

    Reality on Track

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:07:43 GMT
    It's hard to tell where the perception ends and reality starts when it comes to the rail terminal project being proposed for an area near Walbridge Road in Harborcreek. The plan would put a terminal alongMore >>
    Opposition to a rail terminal in Harborcreek has been so fast and furious, it's hard not to believe that minds were made up well before the facts were in.More >>
  • Not Funny

    Not Funny

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:05:53 GMT
    I like a good joke as much as anybody. I've even pulled off a prank or two, although in full disclosure I should admit I've been the butt of those jokes far more often. One of my favorites happened justMore >>
    I like a good joke as much as anybody. I've even pulled off a prank or two, although in full disclosure I should admit I've been the butt of those jokes far more often. One of my favorites happened justMore >>
  • Under the Hat: Merry and Happy

    Under the Hat: Merry and Happy

    Friday, December 6 2013 2:04 PM EST2013-12-06 19:04:18 GMT
    I was taken back a bit earlier this week when my wife mentioned that part of her really dreads the holidays. There are the decorating and cooking chores; the events to attend and the presents to wrap.More >>
    What's merry or happy about the holidays when some say they don't have enough and others are overwhelmed with all they have to do.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Getting Around

    Under the Hat: Getting Around

    Friday, December 6 2013 2:01 PM EST2013-12-06 19:01:04 GMT
    After months of haggling lawmakers in Harrisburg have agreed on a plan to fix a problem decades in the making. Finding funding to repair Pennsylvania's crumbling road and bridge system. The 2.3 billionMore >>
    Harrisburg finally makes the hard decision to fund roads and bridges. Now it's drivers that face some hard realities.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Not Today

    Under the Hat: Not Today

    Friday, December 6 2013 1:56 PM EST2013-12-06 18:56:28 GMT
    If you asked most people they would say that they come from a giving and caring community. Indeed, just about every town in the land has some form of charity machinery in place to help neighbors in need. We'reMore >>
    A recent food drive helps prove that a lot of places say they are generous, but Erie means it.More >>
  • Under the Hat: How Not to Govern

    Under the Hat: How Not to Govern

    Friday, December 6 2013 1:51 PM EST2013-12-06 18:51:20 GMT
    Not everyone is allowed a second act in politics, but democrat Kathy Dahlkemper defied those odds by first beating an incumbent in the primary and then winning the race for Erie County Executive. AndMore >>
    Kathy Dahlkemper upset incumbent Barry Grossman. Will her time in Washington teach her how not to govern?More >>
  • Under the Hat:We've Heard it Before

    Under the Hat:We've Heard it Before

    Friday, December 6 2013 1:43 PM EST2013-12-06 18:43:33 GMT
    The murder trial of a man accused of shooting a Chautauqua County school superintendent to death is giving us a pretty clear picture of the difficulties of dispensing justice in 2013. In this case theMore >>
    The rapid rise of the Information Age is running headlong into outdated traditions within area courts.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Exercise in Futility

    Under the Hat: Exercise in Futility

    Friday, October 18 2013 3:15 PM EDT2013-10-18 19:15:57 GMT
    I think it's fair to say that most Americans are glad that the 16-day partial shutdown of the American government is over. It's nothing short of ironic that a maneuver born in an effort to draw attentionMore >>
    What did the shutdown do for us? It cost 24 billion dollars without many apparent tangible benefits.More >>
  • Under the Hat: A Community Mourns

    Under the Hat: A Community Mourns

    Friday, October 4 2013 5:19 PM EDT2013-10-04 21:19:30 GMT
    I never met Damon Janes. But as a parent, my heart sank along with the rest of us to hear that the 16-year old running back had died just a few days after leaving a Friday night high school football gameMore >>
    A community mourns the loss of a young man taken too soon.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Changing the Rules

    Under the Hat: Changing the Rules

    Friday, October 4 2013 5:15 PM EDT2013-10-04 21:15:37 GMT
    One of the gifts my old man gave me is a love of baseball and I played a lot of ball growing up. In those days the umpires were often kids only slightly older than me, they didn't get paid much and usuallyMore >>
    If the mess in Washington were a baseball game, the people holding up the budget would be the kid taking his ball and going home.More >>
  • Under the Hat: School Daze

    Under the Hat:

    Friday, September 20 2013 5:46 PM EDT2013-09-20 21:46:17 GMT
    Few things mark the passing of time for me more readily than the start of a new school year. For adults change comes slowly; an extra belt notch here, a few more gray hairs there. But for kids changeMore >>
    Few things mark the passing of time for me more readily than the start of a new school year.More >>
  • Under the Hat: The Price of Power

    Under the Hat: The Price of Power

    Friday, September 13 2013 3:30 PM EDT2013-09-13 19:30:36 GMT
    The news was electric this week, literally; some of it good, some of it had us searching for the flashlights. I'm speaking of course of that major power outage that rolled through the area. The culpritMore >>
    Power outages and word of a new transmission line put a jolt into the news this week.More >>
  • Under the Hat: That Sinking Feeling

    Under the Hat: That Sinking Feeling

    Monday, September 2 2013 9:22 AM EDT2013-09-02 13:22:41 GMT
    There is a certain morbid fascination that we all seem to have with sinkholes. Perhaps it's rooted in our sense of good and evil; the idea that at any time the earth can open up and send us to the firesMore >>
    Pictures of trees disappearing into a sinkhole are reminders of the temporary nature of things.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Hot Air

    Under the Hat: Hot Air

    Friday, August 23 2013 5:36 PM EDT2013-08-23 21:36:24 GMT
    I've never gotten deeply involved in the Global Warming debate. It's not that I don't care about the environment, I do. It just seems to me that we all have to do our best to be good stewards of the planet,More >>
    This week's heat snap has some thinking maybe there's something to that global warming thing after all.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Safe Behavior

    Under the Hat: Safe Behavior

    Friday, August 23 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-08-23 21:35:10 GMT
    Buried inside a local tragedy is what some see as more proof of eroding personal freedoms due to a well- meaning but heavy handed society. This came up at the sentencing of Kristin Graves, a young motherMore >>
    Inside a roadside tragedy is a debate over "Big Nanny" government.More >>
  • Under the Hat: 11-063

    Under the Hat: 11-063

    Friday, July 19 2013 4:19 PM EDT2013-07-19 20:19:25 GMT
    To the forensic staff at the courthouse, she was 11-063, the 63rd autopsy performed in 2011. To her friends and family, she was Nikkia Sawyer, a tall young black woman with a troubled life that came toMore >>
    It's time to look past the court case to the life of Nikkia Sawyer.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Not All Bad News

    Under the Hat: Not All Bad News

    Friday, July 12 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-07-12 20:58:55 GMT
    There are glimmers of hope this week for Erie's economy, welcome news after the announcement that General Electric will soon eliminate nearly a thousand jobs here. The biggest comes from another largeMore >>
    Recent announcements lead to a glimmer of hope, that not all of Erie's economic news is bad.More >>
  • Under the Hat: The Right Thinking

    Under the Hat: The Right Thinking

    Friday, July 5 2013 4:15 PM EDT2013-07-05 20:15:22 GMT
    You can almost feel the disappointment in the air this week with word that General Electric will make good on its notice of moving their Evolution Series line of locomotives from Erie to Texas. That moveMore >>
    We need to mourn the loss of jobs that comes with GE's decision to move a production line to Texas. Then we need to get to work.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Need to Make Sense

    Under the Hat: Need to Make Sense

    Friday, June 28 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-06-28 21:09:56 GMT
    I spent some time this week looking into the expenses that go along with a death penalty trial. The issue came up during a hearing for James Duncan, in which his taxpayer funded attorneys argued thatMore >>
    Death penalty cases cost more money for taxpayers but death penalties are rarely carried out. Does that make sense?More >>
  • Under the Hat: Rain Rain Go Away

    Under the Hat: Rain Rain Go Away

    Friday, June 14 2013 1:17 PM EDT2013-06-14 17:17:58 GMT
    Well, if last week's tornado wasn't enough proof of how suddenly the weather can change things around here, I offer for your consideration this week, a stretch of heavy rains and suddenly high water. YouMore >>
    It was Rain, Rain Go Away after heavy rains and fog stranded hikers in Wintergreen Gorge and quickly flooded low lying areas.More >>
  • Under the Hat: Slippery Slope

    Under the Hat: Slippery Slope

    Friday, June 7 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-07 21:12:58 GMT
    My irritation was surpassed only by a sense of sadness this week as I watched a national news network go about its business of covering the news of the day. The anchor went on about two major storiesMore >>
    How far have we slid when the devastation of Oklahoma and the Jody Arias trial is given equal billing on national news shows?More >>
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  • Bad Reputation

    Bad Reputation

    Friday, June 20 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-06-20 20:03:53 GMT
    Success certainly breeds success, but it’s also true that failure, or even controversy, can breed a bad reputation.That’s what has some wondering what the long term impact is going to be over some recent top news stories.Just this week the KLN Snack Food Company put out an open letter expressing disappointment that Waterford community leaders weren’t moving on plans to extend water and sewer service one mile to the ol...More >>
    Success certainly breeds success, but it’s also true that failure, or even controversy, can breed a bad reputation.That’s what has some wondering what the long term impact is going to be over some recent top news stories.Just this week the KLN Snack Food Company put out an open letter expressing disappointment that Waterford community leaders weren’t moving on plans to extend water and sewer service one mile to the ol...More >>

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