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: Affordable Care Act, health care, health care reform
Pick your headline: Bigger companies get another year to arrange health insurance, or Many employees have to wait another year to get health insurance.
Posted In: bitcoin, currency, Securities and Exchange Commission
The Winklevoss twins are trying to set up a fund that will allow investors to trade Bitcoins as if they were stock.
Posted In: Facebook, advertising, social media
If you go to Facebook today, you’ll find more content with no ads next to it. Why? It’s deemed controversial by the site, and advertisers don’t want any part of it.
Posted In: natural gas, energy, Oil, Keystone XL
The president spent much of his speech on climate change focused on the economy.
Posted In: carbon emissions, carbon dioxide, climate change
Governments and businesses estimate a Social Cost of Carbon, the cost of damage caused by a ton of carbon emissions.
Posted In: arizona, New Mexico, Nevada
Collapsed housing markets and sharp cuts in state spending put New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada at bottom of survey of children's welfare.
Posted In: NBA, basketball, Obamacare, health care reform
Why would a sports league -- or any business -- want to be identified with the controversial law that provides insurance to the uninsured.
Posted In: drugs, patents, prescription
Makers of patented drugs sometimes pay generic drug makers not to copy their drugs when they go off patent, allowing them to keep charging high prices. The U.S. Supreme Court says the FTC can challenge such deals.
Posted In: consumer behavior, children, middle class
Is spending to give your kids a leg-up worth it? How much would you be willing to sacrifice?
Posted In: 401k, retirement savings, retirement planning
Ted Benna was a pension consultant who noticed a new tax code provision, K, added to Section 401. He never intended the retirement plan that resulted to replace pensions or become so complicated.