Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s Sustainability Desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy.

Scott 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’s one-year anniversary, and famine in the Horn of Africa. He has reported from more than a dozen countries.

Scott joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently as the China bureau chief in Shanghai from 2007 to 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, Scott 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. Scott 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 he enjoys cooking, cycling (he bikes to work on a regular basis) and running slowly.



Features by Scott Tong

Fields of carrots are watered in Kern County, California. The USDA says farm income will fall 38 percent this year, a second year of decline, to its lowest level in more than 10 years.

Falling prices are behind the bad year for farmers

Some see a global commodity dynamic known as a super-cycle at work here.
Posted In: farming, USDA, commodities
Smoke billows from smokestacks and a coal fired generator at a steel factory in the industrial province of Hebei, China. With climate change talks in Paris in the upcoming week, some countries are doing more than others.

Could 'free riders' derail climate talks?

Some countries do little to cut emissions and benefit as others do the heavy lifting.
Posted In: Climate Conference, greenhouse gas emissions, Paris Climate Conference, Le Bourget
Chesapeake Energy is facing plummeting stock after borrowing its way into a lot of debt.

Chesapeake Energy's boom and bust

The oil and gas producer borrowed heavily, now it's deep in debt and struggling
Posted In: energy, Oil, fracking
The North American power grid is being tested in a virtually simulated attack with an exercise called Grid Ex III.

This war game tests vulnerability of the power grid

In a war game, utilities face all sorts of challenges: saboteurs, storms, squirrels.
Posted In: energy, power grid
Exhaust plumes from the main chimneys of a coal-fired power plant in Berlin, Germany.

How global warming all started

Global warming caused by burning fossil fuels was first predicted more than a century ago.
Posted In: global warming, carbon emissions, United Nations
The White River weaves through the landscape near where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would pass, south of Presho, South Dakota.

Six myths about Keystone

A look at what's going to happen to the controversial pipeline.
Posted In: Keystone pipeline, energy, big oil
A B-2 stealth bomber lands in Palmdale, California. Northrop Grumman, the maker of the stealth bomber, has just won an $80 billion contract with the Pentagon.

How big a stimulus is a stealth bomber contract?

Northrop Grumman's contract will fuel economies, but not like in the past.
Posted In: Northrop Grumman, stealth bomber, Pentagon
General Motors headquarters.

At long last, union workers at GM get a raise

A new UAW contract will give some GM workers their first raise in about a decade.
Posted In: General Motors, unions
A Halliburton facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Halliburton is a bellwether for oil drilling in US

As drilling shuts down, the oil-field service company adapts.
Posted In: Halliburton, oil drilling, big oil


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