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.
The Senate takes up lobbying reform again today. Some of the proposals include an independent ethics office to police interactions between lawmakers and lobbyists. Scott Tong has more.
Posted In: Economy
Today more than 400 economists and other academics will call on US Census officials to spare a $40 million survey to find out how federal programs help needy families. Scott Tong reports.
Today the Supreme Court hears a case that challenges big tax breaks given to companies designed to lure them away from competing states. Scott Tong explains the case, and the potential impacts of the court's decision.
Reporter Scott Tong travels to Toledo to preview today's case before the Supreme Court over whether corporate tax breaks as relocation incentives are Constitutional.
The Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case brought by developers looking to limit the reach of the Clean Water Act. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street
Sure, we know the Dow doesn't really flirt with 11,000. But what harm is there in having a little fun when we do the numbers? Scott Tong reports on the pitfalls of metaphor.
The residential communities that first sprang up around urban centers are often neglected in terms of redevelopment funding and planning, according a new report out. Scott Tong has the details.
The government will allow oil companies to pump billions in oil and natural gas from Federal land without paying it royalties -- despite record energy prices. Good thing or bad thing? Scott Tong has more.
Yahoo, under fire for giving information to Chinese authorities that resulted in the jailing of a Chinese journalist, today released a statement about the difficulties of doing business in China. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Economy
Kevin Warsh goes before a Senate confirmation panel this week as a candidate for the Federal Reserve Board. As Scott Tong reports, his nomination has raised some eyebrows among Fed watchers.