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

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

One wild ride in Shanghai

China's stock market plunged again today. A massive selloff drove prices down more than 8 percent — the worst fall since February — only this time, global markets are shrugging it off. Scott Tong tells us what's behind the indifference.
Posted In: Canada

Bankruptcy comes to China . . . and that's good

Investors and executives are paying special attention to a new corporate bankruptcy law that took effect in China today. It's the country's latest stop on the road to a free-market economy. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

Death for kickbacks in China

A former Chinese official has been sentenced to death for accepting bribes from drug companies. The decision is meant to send a warning to regulators there — and to do a little foreign damage control, reports Scott Tong.
Posted In: Canada, Crime

Trade sanctions don't faze Burma

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest in Burma.But despite economic sanctions imposed on the country in response, the economy there is thriving. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

In China, English lessons on speed dial

So you're in China and you're dying to learn English. Can't get to class? Too pricey? No worries — the lessons can come to you on your cell phone. Scott Tong reports.

China takes step toward worker rights

We all know companies operating in China benefit from low-cost labor. But from the perspective of Chinese workers, things are looking up. New labor protections are on the way. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Crime

A tour of China's economic bubble

China's red-hot economy has become cause for political consternation here in the U.S., but it's also pumping up fears of a bubble bursting at home and leaders there are feeling some pressure. Scott Tong walks us through it.
Posted In: Canada

Beijing puts its money on Blackstone

China's decided what it wants to do with some of its $1.2 trillion in foreign reserves: Buy into the high-powered U.S. private equity firm Blackstone. Our man in Shanghai, Scott Tong, explains the deal to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Hoffa to China: A global union movement?

Compamines are global, capital is global... why not labor unions? The Teamsters boss visits China as the emerging economic giant considers a new law giving bite to China's mostly toothless labor protections.
Posted In: Canada, Economy, Jobs


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