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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Features by Scott Tong

Does caloric transparency really change behavior?

The FDA will require greater disclosure of caloric content. Does it do anything?
Posted In: FDA, Health, calorie
Gas is flared as waste in March from the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil is extracted using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, near Buttonwillow, California.

The problem with fracking

Fracked oil wells decline in output quickly -- requiring more fracked wells
Posted In: Oil, fracking, enviroment
French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius speaks to media upon arrival for nuclear talks with Iran in the Palais Coburg in Vienna on November 21, 2014.

What might happen after Iran sanctions are lifted

Monday is the deadline for a deal in Iran’s nuclear talks.
Posted In: Iran, Oil, nuclear, oil sanctions
The wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, California.

What an influx of legal workers might mean

With a policy change, nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants could be authorized to work legally.
Posted In: illegal immigrants, immigrants, employment, Jobs
Ford worker Dan Fortune performs a door install on a Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line.

Ford's new assembly line jobs: less middle class

Ford and other auto makers have added thousands of jobs, but at lower wages
Posted In: Ford, ford truck, auto industry, Jobs
 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during a news conference.

Obama calls for net neutrality

The decision is up to the FCC, but the president makes his position clear
Posted In: net neutrality, fcc, Internet, ISPs
Filling up a Fiat Multipla with natural gas.

What it's like to drive a car powered by natural gas

Marketplace’s Scott Tong conducted a test drive on a recent reporting trip to Michigan.
Posted In: natural gas, cars, carbon emissions
Exhaust flows out of the tailpipe of a vehicle.

Low gas prices: exciting. Global warming: borrring.

Falling gas prices have been big news all week, but as the mid-term elections showed, for American voters, the flip side of cheap gas -- climate change – is a low urgency issue.
Posted In: climate change, urgency, gas prices
So many clocks, so little time.

Who shares the growing productivity pie?

Productivity is up, but how are employers and workers sharing the gains?
Posted In: productivity, economic pie, companies, shareholders, workers, employee benefits
Men with Cabot Oil and Gas work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pa.

Low oil prices could hurt drillers carrying high debt

Energy companies that need to borrow to keep drilling could be hurt by low prices
Posted In: big oil, fracking, investors, oil industry

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