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.


Features by Scott Tong

A general view shows oil pumping jacks and drilling pads at the Kern River Oil Field where the principle operator is the Chevron Corporation in Bakersfield, California.

Five guys bet on the price of oil in 2015

The cost has dropped so low that none of them are close.
Posted In: Oil, crude oil
Migrants arrive in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday. Berlin authorities have created accommodation for at least 2000 people in recent days in a hasty effort to shelter expected migrants.

Taking in refugees has costs — and potential benefits

German workforce is shrinking as the population ages. Educated refugees can help.
Posted In: migrants, refugees, Germany
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, is on the short list to become Twitter's new CEO — a position he previously held.

The art of finding a new CEO

Do companies look for homegrown candidates or bet on an outsider?
Posted In: Twitter, ceo, social media
A view of Alaskan peak Mount Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley. In Alaska, 90 percent of the state budget relies on oil.

Alaska's oil industry struggles amid climate change

Melting ice leads to more drilling, which leads to more warming and melting ....
Posted In: sustainability, barrel of oil, Alaska, Trans Alaska Pipeline

Refugee smuggling is a big, bad business

The networks moving migrants to Europe are highly complex and competitive.
Posted In: Europe, migrants, refugees

How Nevada could cast a shadow over solar

State regulators are considering charging home users for connecting to the grid.
Posted In: solar power, utilities, Nevada
Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation in California.

The long party for commodity producers is so over

Commodities run in long cycles, with booms sustained by a historical event.
Posted In: China, commodities, stock markets, Economy, corporations

Near Jamestown, Dominion power line battles history

A need for modern infrastructure is weighed against preserving a famed river view.
Posted In: Virginia, electricity, utilities
Arsenio Hall and Grammy-award winning producer and musician Emilio Estefan attend an AARP event in Miami Beach, Florida.

A new older generation may attract more ad dollars

Senior citizens aren't acting like old people, and some advertisers are noticing.
Posted In: AARP, ad agency, young adults
A worker wearing a protective suit and a mask looks up welding storage tanks for radioactive water, under construction at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 10, 2014, nearly three years after the plant was paralyzed by the

Japan prepares to restart its nuclear power plants

The country's safety culture needed updating to prevent a Fukushima-type disaster.
Posted In: Japan, tsunami, nuclear power, nuclear power plant


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