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: ISIL, terrorism, defense department
In the larger scheme, a $6 billion investment against ISIS is war on the cheap
Posted In: tesla, batteries, electric cars
Tesla is relying on fab efficiency to cut prices on an established type of battery.
Posted In: family dollar, dollar general, Mergers and Acquisitions
Dollar General ups its bid for Family Dollar, but that doesn’t mean shareholders will say yes.
Posted In: Iraq, black market, revenue, crude oil
The extremist group ISIS finances itself in part by selling oil on the black market
Posted In: fracking, chimera, Securities and Exchange Commission
You know a technology's hot when stock market scammers make it part of their pitch.
Posted In: flood insurance, hurricane, Hurricane Katrina
Without the occasional natural disaster, insurance companies must compete on price.
Posted In: gas prices
Gas prices often rise just in time for summer road trips, but not this year.
Posted In: Housing, housing starts, first-time home buyer
What’s driving the increase in housing start? Not first-time home buyers.
Posted In: natural gas, climate change, Obama, energy, carbon emissions
Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses two unfolding energy revolutions: the natural gas boom and the rise of renewables.
Posted In: samsung, smartphone, mobile, stock
Samsung is selling huge numbers of smartphones and its profits are up 47 percent. Not good enough, say investors.