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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

EU considers sacking China's plastic bags

Another trade war between China and the European Union is brewing. This time it's over disposable plastic bags. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

North Korea sanctions may have to be creative

Japan instituted some sanctions after North Korea's missile tests. Now the US is pushing for a "strong signal" from the UN. But what do you take from a country with little in the way of legitimate economy? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

Immigration hearings resume

House and Senate lawmakers convene field hearings today on immigration reform. But as Scott Tong reports, the testimony is likely to be only what the lawmakers want to hear.
Posted In: Washington

Hot dogs and politics

Lawmakers return to their districts this holiday week to meet and mingle with constituents. But the official Democratic and Republican talking points may not gibe with voters' economic concerns. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Offshore drilling debate resurfaces

With pressure from states and local governments to find additional sources of revenue, Congress today is discussing plans to open up offshore regions to oil and natural gas drilling. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Introducing the pimp tax

The Senate Finance Committee holds hearings today on whether pimps should be forced to pay taxes for their ill-gotten gains, as Congress takes a page from the Elliott Ness playbook to deal with prostitution. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Flood insurance reform

Flooding shut down parts of Washington, D.C., today as a hearing on Capitol Hill considered changes to federal flood insurance. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, there's growing consensus the program must be reformed so taxpayers don't get soaked. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Flood insurance overhaul

As heavy rains continue to pound the Mid-Atlantic, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill today making government flood insurance more expensive. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Univision finally has a buyer

The nation's dominant Spanish-speaking TV network has been on the block since February. This morning it reached an agreement with a group of private equity companies that's offered $12.3 billion. Scott Tong reports.

EU bypasses Hamas to aid Palestinians

The European Union says it will initially provide $126 million directly to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Fatah faction. The idea is to bypass Fatah's rival, Hamas, until it renounces violence. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

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