Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

British Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal Heads For Scrap Yard

The HMS Ark Royal steams into Portsmouth, England, for the last time on Dec. 3, 2010, in preparation for decommissioning.
Kyle Heller AP

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 4:22 pm

The people of Portsmouth, England, on Monday turned out to bid farewell to the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, destined for a Turkish scrap yard after its decommissioning two years ago.

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Beijing Angry Over North Korea's Seizure Of Chinese Fishermen

North Korea's missile test over the weekend, along with the capture of Chinese fishermen, has soured Beijing-Pyongyang relations.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 2:06 pm

Beijing has long been about the closest thing to an ally that Pyongyang enjoys, but the seizure of a Chinese fishing boat by unidentified North Koreans has threatened to put an already tenuous relationship on even shakier ground.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was quoted by The New York Times as making it fairly clear that his government was not happy about the development.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

House Republicans Vote (Again) To Repeal Obamacare

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:50 am

Note at 10:45 a.m. on May 17: Thursday's vote was the 37th time that House lawmakers have voted to try to curtail Obamacare in some manner, but the third vote on repealing the law outright.

The 37th time is unlikely to be the charm for House Republicans who voted on Thursday yet again to derail Obamacare.

In a largely partisan vote that has become almost routine, the measure to reeal the law passed the Republican-controlled House — this time by a vote of 229-195.

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Toronto Mayor Blames Newspaper For Cocaine Video

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in a photograph taken last September.
Kiichiro Sato Associated Press

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 7:54 pm

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford responded on Friday to a video that purports to show him smoking crack cocaine, calling it "ridiculous."

According to The Toronto Star, the cellphone video, seen by two of the newspaper's reporters, is being "shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade." The Star writes that the video:

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Sun May 19, 2013

How Families Cope With Notorious Relatives

Keith Jesperson was arrested in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison for killing eight women.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 3:49 pm

What is it like to be suddenly and irreversibly thrust into the public spotlight for something truly horrible done by a relative?

"I could hear my last name being whispered in the hallway, and I heard 'murder,' just under people's breath," says Melissa Moore, daughter of Keith Hunter Jesperson, who was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of at least eight women over a five-year period.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Sun May 19, 2013

The Obamas Release 2012 Financial Disclosure

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 7:11 pm

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have released their latest financial disclosure form, which covers 2012.

Their assets are reported in ranges, as per the rules for public officials. Here are some highlights:

-- Assets of between $1.8 million and $7 million, including Treasury notes worth $1 million-$5 million, $250,001-$500,000 in a checking account and $100,001-$250,000 in Treasury bills.

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Benghazi Review Board Chair Asks Issa For Chance To Testify

Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering arrives for a closed door meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in December to discuss findings of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 7:31 pm

Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering on Tuesday defended the investigative board he led looking into last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, saying he wanted the opportunity to clear up "unfounded" criticisms leveled against it during last week's Congressional hearings.

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The Two-Way
6:25 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Injuries Reported In 'Major' Train Derailment In Connecticut

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 7:57 pm

Two Metro-North Railroad trains have collided on a stretch of track near Fairfield, Conn., causing a "major derailment" and "preliminary reports of injuries," according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

[Update at 8:55 p.m. ET: The Associated Press quotes Connecticut officials as saying about 50 people have been hurt, four of them seriously.]

According to The Hartford Courant:

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The Two-Way
5:16 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Need A Tattoo Translated? Forget The British Foreign Office

A man gets a tattoo in Bangkok. The British Foreign Office says its citizens abroad have some odd requests.
Saeed Khan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 5:54 pm

The British Foreign Office is happy to assist its citizens, but officials want to make clear that there are some requests they won't fulfill.

Such as supplying Olympic tickets or doing a background check on that Swedish woman you met online.

Those are just a few of the "often good natured" but distracting requests that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) says it received over the past year, according to a press release issued Thursday.

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The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

America's Cup Death Raises Concerns Over High-Tech Race Boats

The Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran lies capsized after a training sail in San Francisco Bay on May 9.
Noah Berger AP

America's Cup, the oldest and most prestigious sailing competition, has hit some choppy water.

The death last week of British sailor and gold medal Olympian Andrew "Bart" Simpson when the boat he was crewing capsized and broke up during a practice run off San Francisco, has prompted tough questions about safety.

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