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

How Amazon can be worth the same as Wal-Mart

The bricks-and-mortar chain makes more money, but investors like the online store.
Posted In: Amazon, Wal-Mart, Earnings
Construction laborers work on the top floor of a high rise apartment building in New York.

If you look hard, housing data offers good news

Numbers suggest recovery is gaining steam; banks may hold key to the next level.
Posted In: Housing, young adults, families, apartments, condo
A screen displays share prices at a security firm in Shanghai. Shanghai stocks were up 2.15 percent at midday on Monday.

What the China stock market roller coaster means

The government is now propping up the exchange it tried to cool down.
Posted In: China, stocks, government

Aetna announces deal to buy Humana

The purchase price is $37 billion, creating the largest merger between two health care companies.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, health care
A helicopter flies over an oil slick amid cleanup operations during the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster.

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over 2010 spill

The deal brings the company's total liability to more than $40 billion.
Posted In: bp oil spill, oil industry, safety
Macy's dissociation with Donald Trump is the latest in a line of companies who are severing ties with the 2016 presidential hopeful.

Macy's is the latest brand to dump Trump

Other business partners are distancing themselves from the presidential candidate.
Posted In: donald trump, Macy's, marketing
Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers. A former Chipotle employee joined a class-action lawsuit against the company with claims related to unpaid overtime.

Working hard for the money — will overtime help?

President Obama has announced that he will update labor rules to allow workers extra pay for work.
Posted In: labor, overtime, working, employees
A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant in New Eagle, PA.

SCOTUS rules against EPA regulations

In a 5-4 decision, the court says the agency didn't properly consider costs.
Posted In: Environmental Protection Agency, Supreme Court, President Obama, Antonin Scalia

Backing up the power grid with homemade electricity

Connecticut is trying microgrids that keep going when the main utility fails.
Posted In: infrastructure, U.S., electricity, power grid

Fuel cells offer cities an alternative to the grid

Bridgeport, Conn., is taking measures to rely more on locally made power.
Posted In: infrastructure, energy, power grid

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