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

BP oil spill settlement window may be closing

As the second week of testimony begins in BP's civil trial for damages in the Gulf oil spill, a settlement is still possible. Once evidence is presented in earnest, though, lines harden and chances diminish.
Posted In: BP, bp oil spill

More myths you hear about fracking: BS Detector

There's a whole lot of opinion and information out there about fracking and the future of the energy industry. We look to separate fact from fiction with our BS Dectector.

Hate mail: Scott Tong responds to listener letters

From the Marketplace fracking hate mail bag.
Posted In: hatemail, listener mail, comments

Fracking lies, myths and statistics: BS Detector

Energy and environment myths and misperceptions we're uncovering on the Petro-state beat

Who are these budget-cutters, Simpson and Bowles?

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, with their second plan for cutting the deficit, get attention because their proposals fall in the middle between political extremes.
Posted In: Simpson-Bowles, deficit-cutting, budget, Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles

Since last State of Union, jobs came from health, education

Perhaps every successful politician promises employment. But looking back at the president's first term, where have the jobs actually come from?
Posted In: Jobs, State of the Union, health care, Education

Fracking boosts U.S. manufacturing: But by how much?

North America's oil and gas fracking boom has some predicting a long boom and manufacturing renaissance. Consultant Trevor Houser has some new numbers, and a more moderate take.

A larger trade surplus can be a positive sign for U.S.

Other countries may not be buying as much of our stuff, but our buying more of theirs is an indication of consumer strength.
Posted In: import export, Economy

Why are the Dreamliner's batteries malfunctioning?

Big battery packs are a balancing challenge -- if the cells work unevenly, one can overheat and burst into flames.
Posted In: Dreamliner, Dreamliner 787, Boeing, lithium, batteries

That battery in your cell phone packs a lot of history

Prof. John Goodenough discovered the advance that made the lithium-ion battery -- and the wireless world -- possible. But now another breakthrough is needed.
Posted In: lithium, batteries


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