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.
Posted In: Food, food safety, recall, FDA
The long-awaited FDA rules focus on preventing outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, rather than tracking after the fact how they occurred.
Posted In: fracking, hollywood
"Promised Land," opening nationally in theaters, provides a nuanced account of fracking in rural Pennsylvania -- up to a point.
Posted In: EPA
Administrator Lisa Jackson pushed through rules limiting emissions despite opposition from energy industry and little backup from the Obama administration.
Posted In: EPA
The Obama Administration announced this morning the head of the Environmental Protection Agency -- Lisa Jackson -- is stepping down.
Posted In: climate change, fracking, energy
Marketplace sustainability reporter Scott Tong shares his predictions on what's next for the United States when it comes to energy, fracking and climate change.
Posted In: guns
The NRA has fewer gun owners to draw on for support, as fewer Americans live in rural areas or serve in the military, and more households are headed by women.
Posted In: natural disasters, Hurricane Sandy, drought, flood insurance
Losses from hurricanes, tornadoes, drought and other severe weather events totaled more than any other year besides 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina.
Posted In: architects, Jobs
Architects were slammed by the fiscal crisis and recession. Now an index of their billings shows work coming back as developers proceed with projects.
Posted In: Oil, middle east
Higher oil and gas production in the U.S. will change oil relationships around the world. The Middle East won't be called on to produce as much, costing it income, but Saudi Arabia will remain a key player.
Posted In: fracking, Oil
There's an oil and gas boom in North America thanks to an innovation known as hydraulic fracturing that extracts natural gas and oil from shale rock deep underground. Here's how it works.