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.

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Features by Scott Tong

Father of modern 401(k) says it fails many Americans

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.
Posted In: 401k, retirement savings, retirement planning

Immigration TV: Get ready for the ad blitz

As the Senate debates a significant overhaul to our nation's immigration laws, special interest groups are wading into the fight. Advocates and opponents of immigration reform are spending on TV ads and lobbying.
Posted In: immigrants, Immigration, lobbying

For middle-class parents, raising children becomes a consumer arms race

Trying to give your children an advantage in growing up makes consuming a competition. When everyone has a tutor, a trainer or a special baseball bat, you can't help but keep up.
Posted In: consumer behavior, children

Parents hire personal trainers to give kids a leg up

We all want our kids to get into the best colleges they can. Some families take extra measures and spend extra money in pursuit of an edge.
Posted In: consumer, fitness, children

E-vehicle maker Better Place is switched off for good

The company Better Place is liquidating, after a failed attempt to make electric cars with batteries to swap in and out. Problem is, e-vehicles are still expensive. And fossil fuel prices in the recent downturn have softened.
Posted In: electric cars, batteries

Monsanto: The behemoth that controls 90 percent of soybean production

The Supreme Court ruling protects a company that controls 90 percent of the expanding soybean production in the U.S. and Latin America; what has followed from Monsanto’s dominance?
Posted In: Monsanto, soybeans, Agriculture, GMOS, genetically modified food

Why your credit card's magnetic strip is vulnerable

Despite knowing a swipe card’s magnetic strip is vulnerable, U.S. banks haven’t moved to a more secure system. Why?
Posted In: Credit Cards

What's behind the helium shortage?

There have long been warnings that helium supplies are running out, but now we may know why. The answer comes down to dollars and cents.
Posted In: helium

Why there's nothing wrong with a 2.5 percent increase in GDP

With all the dysfunction in government and economies, why should a 2.5 percent increase in GDP sound bad?
Posted In: Gross Domestic Product (GDP), GDP

Apple's stock falls, down 40% since last fall

Today, the tech world today brings you hits from the 80s and 90s: Microsoft and IBM are expected to report healthy earnings today. But what is up with Apple? It’s stock fell again yesterday, and is down 40 percent since last fall.
Posted In: apple, iPhone, samsung, stock

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