Dotson’s reports, “American Story with Bob Dotson,” are seen on Today and as hour-long specials on MSNBC. He was also the writer and host of Bob Dotson's America, a series of half-hour programs on the Travel Channel, and the author of two books: one for aspiring journalists, Make it Memorable, (Bonus Books); the other a memoir, In Pursuit of the American Dream, (Athenaeum, New York). His literary work won the George Washington Honor Medal for excellence.

Dotson has received more than 100 awards for his work in broadcast journalism, including five national Emmys and nine nominations. On Sept. 27, 2010, his report on the Fighting Grossmans—eight brothers who fought in World War II simultaneously, the last of whom worked as a Walmart greeter at age 90—won an Emmy for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast.

In addition, the Radio and Television News Directors have chosen Dotson to receive the Edward R. Murrow Award for Writing a record five times. The Society of Professional Journalists picked Dotson for the Best Network Feature Reporter. His work has also won top journalism awards from the National Press Photographers, DuPont-Columbia, and the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation.