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

Didier Leroy, President of Toyota Motor Europe, spoke at the Toyota factory of Onnaing during the awarding of the certificate 'Origine France Garantie' for the Yaris.

Toyota tries to break out of its island mindset

The Japanese worry that their corporations are as insular as the country, and aren't adapting to the global market.
Posted In: Toyota, France, Japan
"It's a snowball."

Tallying the economic winners of the status quo

There is a cost to gridlock, but there are also economic winners.
Posted In: snow, Congress, climate change

How to turn sewage into a product people want

DC Water considers sewage a natural resource it can convert to a profitable product
Posted In: DC, sewage, treatment

Baltimore sewers: time bombs buried under the streets

The city's sewer system is 100 years old. Some pipes are made of wood or clay.
Posted In: Baltimore, sewage, infrastructure

Under D.C., a new tunnel almost no one will see

The tunnel will prevent sewage from mixing with water flowing into nearby rivers.
The Baker Hughes rigs count, once considered an important indicator of the health of the energy and drilling industries, may no longer be relevant.

This oil rig count may no longer be relevant

The Baker Hughes Rig Count gets much attention. Does it still reflect oil production?
Posted In: drilling, Health, energy, big oil
General Motors CEO Mary Barra reveals the new Chevrolet Bolt conceptat the 2015 North American International Auto Show Jan. 12, 2015 in Detroit.

Banking on the electric-car battery boom

In his new book, Steve LeVine details what sparks battery innovation.
Posted In: energy, batteries, electric cars

Waiting for a key report on global oil market

Without OPEC ruling the market, analysts look to the International Energy Agency.
Posted In: international energy agency, barrel of oil, crude oil
A groundskeeper waters flowers.

Counting gallons: How much water do you use?

A Marketplace reporter tracks the water his family uses in a day – and its cost.
Posted In: water, price, commodities
An oil well in North Dakota.

Pipeline spill exposes a fracking cost

Wastewater spill is a huge reminder that fracking generates contaminated water.
Posted In: pipeline, fracking, North Dakota


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