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: Europe, migrants, refugees
The networks moving migrants to Europe are highly complex and competitive.
Posted In: solar power, utilities, Nevada
State regulators are considering charging home users for connecting to the grid.
Posted In: China, commodities, stock markets, Economy, corporations
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Posted In: Virginia, electricity, utilities
A need for modern infrastructure is weighed against preserving a famed river view.
Posted In: AARP, ad agency, young adults
Senior citizens aren't acting like old people, and some advertisers are noticing.
Posted In: Japan, tsunami, nuclear power, nuclear power plant
The country's safety culture needed updating to prevent a Fukushima-type disaster.
Posted In: Shell, Arctic, big oil
Environmentalists and other big oil explorers are watching.
Posted In: carbon emissions, Carbon, Obama, coal
The rules limiting carbon emissions will speed utilities' movement away from coal as a fuel.
Posted In: crude oil, OPEC, barrel of oil
The cost is at a 4-month low. What's going on?
Posted In: Amazon, Wal-Mart, Earnings
The bricks-and-mortar chain makes more money, but investors like the online store.