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: medical costs, minimum wage, subsidies
A majority of Americans who use certain aid programs are from working families.
Posted In: Somalia, remittances, terrorism
Banks' efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing may have backfired.
Posted In: earthquakes, fracking, oklahoma
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will soon decide if fracking is linked to earthquakes.
Posted In: Canada, trains, oil tankers
Stricter rules are likely south of the border too.
Posted In: Japan, electricity, solar, power, fossil fuels
The expansion of solar power to replace nuclear has hit a wall: The capacity of Japan's grid.
Posted In: crude oil, trains, oil spill
An uptick in accidents suggests tougher rules for oil tankers will prevail.
Posted In: Toyota, France, Japan
The Japanese worry that their corporations are as insular as the country, and aren't adapting to the global market.
Posted In: snow, Congress, climate change
There is a cost to gridlock, but there are also economic winners.
Posted In: DC, sewage, treatment
DC Water considers sewage a natural resource it can convert to a profitable product
Posted In: Baltimore, sewage, infrastructure
The city's sewer system is 100 years old. Some pipes are made of wood or clay.