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: Economy
Another day, another record. But this time we're not talking about the Dow. The U.S. imported $70 billion more than we exported in August. Scott Tong looks at what's behind our sky-high trade deficit.
A new study suggests we better figure commuting costs into the equation when we decide where to live. They matter a whole lot, especially in less expensive cities. Scott Tong explains.
Drug maker Imclone is back in the news. Chairman David Kies quit this morning over an ugly board fight involving activist investor and board member Carl Icahn. Scott Tong has the story.
Posted In: Science
Columbia University professor Edmund Phelps won the Nobel Prize for Economics this morning for his study of inflation and how it relates to unemployment. Scott Tong has the story.
Election day is five weeks away. Get ready for an onslaught of flyers, pamphlets and phone calls. Now there's a new way to target voters -- and it has a lot to do with your personal finance, Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington
U.S. and European officials have agreed on new rules governing how much personal data Europeans should provide to American authorities about people flying to the U.S. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington
Congress is out until Election Day and politicians are back in their home districts buying ads and making speeches. But are they solving anything we really care about? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Investing
A new study suggests that companies that speak plainer English in their earnings reports may actually perform better. Scott Tong reports.
Boeing just received a big contract to build a high-tech border fence for the government's Secure Border Initiative. Scott Tong looks at what the company's taking on in its bid to become a big player in the homeland security biz.
Posted In: Canada, Economy
The IMF today increased the influence of China, South Korea, Turkey and Mexico to reflect their growing economies. The move is seen as an attempt to boost the credibility of the IMF — but will it work? Scott Tong reports.