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: water, price, commodities
A Marketplace reporter tracks the water his family uses in a day – and its cost.
Posted In: pipeline, fracking, North Dakota
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Posted In: Davos, US economy, World Economic Forum
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Posted In: app, health care, benefits, eldercare
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Posted In: oil prices, carbon tax, gas prices
If a tax is not imposed on carbon-dioxide emissions, gas is artificially underpriced.
Posted In: airasia, Malaysia Airlines, insurance
Airlines compensating grieving families can essentially pay what they see fit.
Posted In: hacking, hack, Sony, Microsoft, insurance, cyber attack, cyber security
As cyber attacks increase, more firms seek insurance against them.
Posted In: OPEC, cheap oil, Saudi Arabia
Members of the oil cartel could get higher prices if they cut production but there would be a cost.
Posted In: oil prices, gas taxes, infrastructure
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Posted In: automobile industry, gas prices, oil prices, suvs
With gas prices down, we're tilting toward bigger cars but still driving less.