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

Shanghai boom — or bubble?

China's market continues its rapid march upward, hurtling over the 4,000 mark today. The euphoric buying spree has some government officials advising caution, but investors won't be swayed, Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

China opens to melamine inspection

Seeking to improve its image in food processing, China promised to cooperate with the FDA's look into signs of melamine contamination. Scott Tong reports.

Following the melamine

The FDA's still trying to sort out last month's pet food scare. It thinks it's tracked the offending chemical back to China, where the government seems to be genuinely invested in helping. But it won't be easy, Scott Tong tells us.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Dirty Beijing air? Make rain

China announced today its plan to address climate change. Good thing, too, because that Beijing air is nasty. Scott Tong reports on one pollution solution that may sound bizarre.

VC giant goes to China

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins is opening up shop in China. The Chinese government is offering tax incentives in an effort to bulk up the nation's scrawny technology sector, so the timing could be right.
Posted In: Canada

China's short on water

Half of China's rivers are deemed too polluted to drink from. And more than 100 of its cities face what authorities call severe water shortages. Scott Tong reports on China's water-supply crisis.

Picking another fight with China

The U.S. is expected to file new complaints with the WTO this week saying China isn't doing enough to fight piracy and counterfeits. Beijing has made it easier to prosecute the crimes, but the problem is built into its restrictive market.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

It's a digital hit in China

The TV show Prison Break is the hottest series in China, thanks to the millions of fans who download the show illegally. Scott Tong reports on the power of digital word-of-mouth in the world's biggest consumer market.
Posted In: Canada

Evening the trading field

For 20 years, U.S. companies have been complaining that China gives its companies an unfair competitive advantage in the form of government subsidies. Now it looks like the U.S. might finally be ready to do something about it.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

A vote for the status quo

Hong Kong chooses its next leader on Sunday. There's not much suspense about the outcome, since political stability means economic prosperity. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada


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