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

Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers. A former Chipotle employee joined a class-action lawsuit against the company with claims related to unpaid overtime.

Working hard for the money — will overtime help?

President Obama has announced that he will update labor rules to allow workers extra pay for work.
Posted In: labor, overtime, working, employees
A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant in New Eagle, PA.

SCOTUS rules against EPA regulations

In a 5-4 decision, the court says the agency didn't properly consider costs.
Posted In: Environmental Protection Agency, Supreme Court, President Obama, Antonin Scalia

Backing up the power grid with homemade electricity

Connecticut is trying microgrids that keep going when the main utility fails.
Posted In: infrastructure, U.S., electricity, power grid

Fuel cells offer cities an alternative to the grid

Bridgeport, Conn., is taking measures to rely more on locally made power.
Posted In: infrastructure, energy, power grid

What we talk about when we talk about the grid

The country's electrical grid is extensive, but also vulnerable and aging.

When the power grid fails

Three storms in Connecticut knocked out some residents' power for more than a week
Posted In: power grid, infrastructure, weather, storms
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for an audience with the participants at the Convention of Rome Diocese at St Peter's square on Sunday at the Vatican.

The Pope's thoughts on climate change are leaked

An Italian magazine publishes a 192-page draft that calls for 'urgent action.'
Posted In: pope francis, climate change, Vatican

New tool against terrorism: a spare transformer

An act of sabotage has the industry thinking about protection now.
Posted In: industrial technology, terrorism
A drilling rig explores the Marcellus Shale.

Fracking chemicals found in Pennsylvania drinking water

Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Tong about fracking chemicals found in drinking water
Posted In: sustainability, chemicals, fracking, Pennsylvania

How to define markets for food distributors

The FTC says Sysco and U.S. Foods together would control too much market share.
Posted In: Sysco, US Foods, merger


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