Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s Sustainability Desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy.

Scott 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’s one-year anniversary, and famine in the Horn of Africa. He has reported from more than a dozen countries.

Scott joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently as the China bureau chief in Shanghai from 2007 to 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, Scott 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. Scott 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 he enjoys cooking, cycling (he bikes to work on a regular basis) and running slowly.



Features by Scott Tong

Arsenio Hall and Grammy-award winning producer and musician Emilio Estefan attend an AARP event in Miami Beach, Florida.

A new older generation may attract more ad dollars

Senior citizens aren't acting like old people, and some advertisers are noticing.
Posted In: AARP, ad agency, young adults
A worker wearing a protective suit and a mask looks up welding storage tanks for radioactive water, under construction at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 10, 2014, nearly three years after the plant was paralyzed by the

Japan prepares to restart its nuclear power plants

The country's safety culture needed updating to prevent a Fukushima-type disaster.
Posted In: Japan, tsunami, nuclear power, nuclear power plant

Shell starts drilling for oil in the Arctic

Environmentalists and other big oil explorers are watching.
Posted In: Shell, Arctic, big oil
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station in Newburg, Maryland.

EPA's carbon rules are catching up with the market

The rules limiting carbon emissions will speed utilities' movement away from coal as a fuel.
Posted In: carbon emissions, Carbon, Obama, coal
Oil pumps in operation at an oilfield near central Los Angeles.

Crude oil is plunging ... again

The cost is at a 4-month low. What's going on?
Posted In: crude oil, OPEC, barrel of oil

How Amazon can be worth the same as Wal-Mart

The bricks-and-mortar chain makes more money, but investors like the online store.
Posted In: Amazon, Wal-Mart, Earnings
Construction laborers work on the top floor of a high rise apartment building in New York.

If you look hard, housing data offers good news

Numbers suggest recovery is gaining steam; banks may hold key to the next level.
Posted In: Housing, young adults, families, apartments, condo
A screen displays share prices at a security firm in Shanghai. Shanghai stocks were up 2.15 percent at midday on Monday.

What the China stock market roller coaster means

The government is now propping up the exchange it tried to cool down.
Posted In: China, stocks, government

Aetna announces deal to buy Humana

The purchase price is $37 billion, creating the largest merger between two health care companies.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, health care
A helicopter flies over an oil slick amid cleanup operations during the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster.

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over 2010 spill

The deal brings the company's total liability to more than $40 billion.
Posted In: bp oil spill, oil industry, safety


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