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: auto sales, car sales, auto market
Analysts expect the holidays to come early for automakers.
Posted In: crude oil, OPEC, oil price
Changes in global supply and demand have weakened OPEC's influence in the market.
Posted In: carbon emissions, coal plants, EPA
It's the EPA vs. Industry in a battle of cost versus benefit.
Posted In: FDA, Health, calorie
New FDA rules require more food sellers to reveal number of calories in what they sell.
Posted In: Oil, fracking, enviroment
Fracked oil wells decline in output quickly -- requiring more fracked wells
Posted In: Iran, Oil, nuclear, oil sanctions
Monday is the deadline for a deal in Iran’s nuclear talks.
Posted In: illegal immigrants, immigrants, employment, Jobs
With a policy change, nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants could be authorized to work legally.
Posted In: Ford, ford truck, auto industry, Jobs
Ford and other auto makers have added thousands of jobs, but at lower wages.
Posted In: net neutrality, fcc, Internet, ISPs
The decision is up to the FCC, but the president makes his position clear
Posted In: natural gas, cars, carbon emissions
Marketplace’s Scott Tong conducted a test drive on a recent reporting trip to Michigan.