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.


Features by Scott Tong

Hong Kong sees mainlanders coming

A decade ago this weekend, Hong Kong became a Chinese territory again after 156 years of British rule. It's flourished under China's control -- and from the flow of mainland vacationers. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Travel

China food crackdown may lack bite

The Chinese government shuttered 180 factories today after inspectors found industrial chemicals in food products. It sounds like a step in the right direction, but with 750,000 food processing plants, safety enforcement is no easy task. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

NYC tourism headed to China

New York City has made the list. It's reached a deal to be added to a select group of U.S. tourism destinations allowed to promote themselves to Communist China's booming middle class. They have cash and they're ready to travel, Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada, New York, Travel

Slave labor in China

China has announced a nationwide inspection of labor conditions following revelations of widespread human trafficking and forced labor in brick-making facilities there. But that doesn't mean change is at hand. Scott Tong explains.
Posted In: Canada, Crime

China cracks down on slave labor

China's government has announced a crackdown on enslavement after reports of widespread human trafficking. Scott Tong tracked down two laborers who shared their experiences of being abducted and forced to work.

Text rumors prove costly in China

The Chinese have enthusiastically embraced text messaging. However, they recently discovered its power to spread disinformation -- sometimes with economically disastrous results. Scott Tong reports.

Olympic factories accused of labor violations

A watchdog group says four factories making official gear for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing overwork their employees and use child labor. Sponsors already have contingency plans for bad news.
Posted In: Canada, Crime, Jobs

The nanny: Babysitter, housekeeper . . . day-trader?

More than 100 million Chinese invest in the stock market, four times the number there were last year. And, as Scott Tong found out, some of them are closer to home than he expected.
Posted In: Wall Street

China's new recipe for safety

Following several domestic and international scandals surrounding the safety of China's food and drug products, the Chinese government has announced a far-reaching plan for improvement. Scott Tong has details.
Posted In: Canada

China announces its global-warming response

When China's President Hu Jintao is a special guest at the G-8 summit this week, he will probably face some tough questions about his country's action plan for global warming that was released today. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada


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