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.

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Who needs a Labor Secretary anyway?

President Obama nominated Thomas E. Perez to head the Labor Department. So, what does a Secretary of Labor actually do?
Posted In: Labor Unions, secretary of labor, Thomas Perez
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JPMorgan ignored risk warnings, misled investors: Report

Senate investigators are holding a hearing today on JPMorgan’s estimated $6.3 billion losses connected to a London trader known as the 'Whale.' New evidence from internal emails and phone calls suggests the blame may lie with even bigger fish in company.
Posted In: JPMorgan, London, Jamie Dimon
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What the new pope means for the poor

Priority number one for the new pope has been fighting poverty in the slums of Buenos Aires. What effect might he have on the global scene in his new position?
Posted In: pope, pope francis, poverty, Catholic church
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FAA backs plan to end Boeing's 787 Dreamliner nightmare

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing's plans for new safety tests that could get its troubled 787 Dreamliner back in the air as early as this spring.
Posted In: Boeing, FAA, Dreamliner, Dreamliner 787
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Budget fail: How long can Washington get along without a spending plan?

Washington Republicans and Democrats don't seem close to agreeing on a budget, but does the U.S. really need a federal budget in the first place?
Posted In: federal budget, Paul Ryan, Obama, sequester
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What fracking means for manufacturing and the environment: BS detector

We look at energy and environment myths and misperceptions we're uncovering on the Petro-state beat.
Posted In: manufacturing, fracking
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Whole Foods to label all genetically modified foods

The grocery chain Whole Foods has announced it will require all of its products that contain genetically modified food ingredients to be labeled that way by 2018.
Posted In: Whole Foods, GMOS, Food, supermarket
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In the fracking fields, a fight over who regulates

In Pennsylvania's shale-gas region, many cities and towns have passed ordinances restricting where drillers can put their fracking wells, equipment and wastewater. Now a case is before the state's Supreme Court.
Posted In: fracking, Pennsylvania
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The economic legacy of Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro says President Hugo Chavez has died. We look back at the legacy the leader left behind.
Posted In: hugo chavez, venezuela
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In death, Hugo Chavez leaves economic legacy

Taking power in 1999, Hugo Chavez almost single-handedly transformed Venezuelan society, wielding the country's oil wealth as a weapon. Can a strongman economy continue after his death?
Posted In: venezuela, Oil, hugo chavez

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