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

Air-passenger-data deal reached

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

Is the legislative branch broken?

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: Washington

Straight talk equals good business

A new study suggests that companies that speak plainer English in their earnings reports may actually perform better. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Investing

Boeing takes aim at border security

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.

Power changing hands at IMF

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.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

Battling China over auto parts

The U.S., Canada and European Union today complained to the World Trade Organization that China should lower trade barriers that they say are unfair for foreign automakers. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Big Oil slides out of royalty payments

Turns out operators of the major oil field recently discovered in the Gulf don't have to pay royalties for their find. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Marketplace's Scott Tong, who's been following the story.
Posted In: Washington

Oil companies not paying royalties

Lawmakers open a hearing today into claims the Interior Department continues to waive royalty payments for big oil companies. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Trying to stop terror financing

A top U.S. treasury official arrives in Europe today in an effort to hinder Iran's ability to finance terror groups. Scott Tong reports.

BP answers to Congress

A House committee took oil giant BP to task today for failing to maintain its oil pipelines in Alaska. Marketplace's Scott Tong has the story.
Posted In: Washington


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