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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.

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Features by Scott Tong

Pension bill becomes law

President Bush signed into law a pension reform bill today. It's got a series of 401k provisions that will get more of us socking away more of our paychecks — automatically. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Earmark forensics

A watchdog group has launched a campaign to uncover which members of Congress are inserting costly earmarks into spending bills — and they want your help. Scott Tong explains.
Posted In: Washington

News or commercial?

The FCC wants to make sure consumers know the difference. It's investigating the use of "video news releases" in TV news broadcasts. Violators could face steep fines and have their licenses revoked. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

The changing face of airport screeners

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he's looking to replace all contractors working at airport checkpoints with TSA staff members. Scott Tong explains what the move would mean.

Pension bill

Congress just passed a sweeping pension reform bill. Scott Tong reports on the changes in store for your retirement plan.

Different pension rules for different industries

Congress has passed sweeping pension reform, making it harder for companies to promise benefits they can't afford. But some industries got different treatment than others. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Are offshore tax shelters fraud — or just shady?

A Senate report released today finds that more and more extremely wealthy taxpayers are hiding their money in offshore accounts. But is it fraud? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Offshore drilling's a gamble

The Senate is expected to pass a bill today opening the Gulf of Mexico to more oil and natural drilling. But will it actually take us toward energy independence? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Bush's new neighbor

President Bush heads to Crawford, Texas for his annual "working vacation" later this week. And he'll have a new neighbor: war protestor Cindy Sheehan. Scott Tong reports.

Offshore drilling debate goes on

The Senate votes today on whether to expand offshore drilling in the US, but the bill's not quite as generous as the version the House passed. Scott Tong reports.
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