Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s sustainability desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy. He services the complete portfolio of Marketplace programming and has reported on several special series including long-term U.S. job creation, U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the BP oil spill one-year anniversary, and famine in the Horn of Africa. He has reported from more than a dozen countries. Tong joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently as the China bureau chief in Shanghai from January 2007 to July 2010. While there, he reported on a special series on the economics of one-child and the 30th anniversary of the one-child policy in China, the Beijing Olympics, the food safety scares in 2007, labor strikes, slave labor, child lead poisoning and baby-selling in China’s international adoption program. Prior to joining Marketplace, Tong worked as a producer and off-air reporter at PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer for seven years, where he produced a special series from Iraq in 2003. Tong received his bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University. A native of Poughkeepsie N.Y., Tong now lives in Arlington, Va. with his wife and three children. He’s an acknowledged soccer dad, and enjoys cooking, cycling (he bikes to work on a regular basis), and running slowly.
Posted In: labor, overtime, working, employees
President Obama has announced that he will update labor rules to allow workers extra pay for work.
Posted In: Environmental Protection Agency, Supreme Court, President Obama, Antonin Scalia
In a 5-4 decision, the court says the agency didn't properly consider costs.
Posted In: infrastructure, U.S., electricity, power grid
Connecticut is trying microgrids that keep going when the main utility fails.
Posted In: infrastructure, energy, power grid
Bridgeport, Conn., is taking measures to rely more on locally made power.
The country's electrical grid is extensive, but also vulnerable and aging.
Posted In: power grid, infrastructure, weather, storms
Three storms in Connecticut knocked out some residents' power for more than a week
Posted In: pope francis, climate change, Vatican
An Italian magazine publishes a 192-page draft that calls for 'urgent action.'
Posted In: industrial technology, terrorism
An act of sabotage has the industry thinking about protection now.
Posted In: sustainability, chemicals, fracking, Pennsylvania
Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Tong about fracking chemicals found in drinking water
Posted In: Sysco, US Foods, merger
The FTC says Sysco and U.S. Foods together would control too much market share.