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

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
Pipes are stacked at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma oil hub on quake alert

Earthquakes could threaten the U.S.'s most important storage site for crude oil.
Posted In: earthquakes, oklahoma, crude oil, oil storage

Oil prices up, but Iran is in way of going much higher

If U.S. production falls, Iran is ready to export more.
Posted In: Iran, oil production, crude oil
In West Virginia, one environmental group is aiming to plant trees on at least one West Virginia coal mines site.

Here's a plan: plant trees, mine coal

As coal mines in the U.S. close, an entrepreneur has a plan to pair mines with carbon sinks.
Posted In: coal, trees, Environment

The ultimate climate change challenge: free riders

It's tempting to set low targets and let other countries pick up the slack.
Posted In: India, climate change, United Nations
nited Auto Workers President Dennis Williams speaks to delegates at the UAW Special Convention on Collective Bargaining back in March in Detroit, Michigan.

UAW workers reject Fiat contract over dual-pay system

The union OK'd lower pay for new hires in desperation. Now it wants one level.
Posted In: UAW, Fiat, salary
A view of the village of Shishmaref, Alaska, which sits upon the Chukchi sea. Earlier this year the Obama administration approved Shell Oil to begin drilling for oil in Arctic regions, including the Chukchi sea.

Shell pulls out of Arctic. For how long?

Study finds some fossil fuel has to be left in the ground to avert disaster.
Posted In: Shell, Arctic, energy
Pope Francis wears a plastic poncho as he waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban, Philippines back in January 2015. Pope Francis spent time with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which claimed thousands of lives, highlighting his concern over climate c

Pope Francis makes climate change a moral issue

It's a debate usually dominated by science and economics.
Posted In: pope francis, pope, climate change

Colorado court takes up local laws limiting fracking

Communities have more costs, fewer benefits from oil drilling and fracking.
Posted In: fracking, colorado, Oil, gas
Pope Francis waves towards U.S. President Barack Obama and his family as he steps off his plane upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Tuesday.

Pope Francis's global metaphor for wealth and climate

He sees a rich northern hemisphere whose pollution damages the poor in the south.
Posted In: pope francis, climate change, environmental


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