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


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

A ban on fracking bans (no, you didn't misread that)

Texas is looking to ban local bans on fracking, and it's not alone.
Posted In: fracking, texas, oklahoma
Tesla CEO Elon Musk showcases a suite of batteries for homes, businesses and utilities at the Tesla Design Studio on Thursday in Hawthorne, California.

Tesla's Powerwall isn't for everyone ... yet

Tesla's new home battery may be ahead of its time.
Posted In: tesla, sustainability, battery, energy

Why lower gas prices haven't spurred the economy

Spending less on a tank of gas doesn't fuel the economy.
Towers carrying electical lines are shown in South San Francisco, California

A call to invest in safety of the power grid

Department of Energy proposes billions in investment in power grid infrastructure.
Posted In: power grid, electricity, department of energy
Many members of working families use aid programs such as Medicaid to supplement their paychecks.

Most aid to families goes to working families

A majority of Americans who use certain aid programs are from working families.
Posted In: medical costs, minimum wage, subsidies
A boy rides a donkey cart past an internally displaced persons camp near the Somali Parliament in Mogadishu on March 24, 2015.

In Somalia, wire transfers go underground

Banks' efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing may have backfired.
Posted In: Somalia, remittances, terrorism
Court case in Oklahoma examines whether oil and gas firms should be held liable for earthquake-related damage.

Should oil companies be liable for earthquake-related damage?

The Oklahoma Supreme Court will soon decide if fracking is linked to earthquakes.
Posted In: earthquakes, fracking, oklahoma


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