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.
Posted In: China, GDP, exports
China’s economy continues to rev, but certainly slower than many had anticipated this past quarter. Growth came in at 7.7 percent, down two tenths from the previous quarter.
Posted In: budget, austerity
The idea that government should be balance its budget and stay out of the way has been around a long time. It's gained ascendance in Washington even as more economists agree the government should spend more and help the economy.
Posted In: failure, fisker automotive
The Washington perspective is that failure is failure. The West Coast thinks failure leads to innovation. What does that mean for West Coast-based Fisker Automotive, which took stimulus funds from Washington?
Posted In: pipelines, Keystone XL, Oil
The latest oil spill in Arkansas has environmentalists up in arms over how Big Oil transports their product.
Posted In: sequester, sequestration
One month to the day after the sequester supposedly kicked in, the housing market and stock market are driving an economic recovery.
Posted In: fracking, shale gas, energy, Oil
Can natural-gas companies and environmental groups together set standards for fracking that will win the public's trust? An experiment in Pennsylvania will try.
Posted In: fracking, Pennsylvania
The case arises in the first region of Pennsylvania to see fracking for natural gas. A family with a well contaminated by chemicals received a payment,
Posted In: Labor Unions, secretary of labor, Thomas Perez
President Obama nominated Thomas E. Perez to head the Labor Department. So, what does a Secretary of Labor actually do?
Posted In: JPMorgan, London, Jamie Dimon
Senate investigators are holding a hearing today on JPMorgan’s estimated $6.3 billion losses connected to a London trader known as the 'Whale.' New evidence from internal emails and phone calls suggests the blame may lie with even bigger fish in company.
Posted In: pope, pope francis, poverty, Catholic church
Priority number one for the new pope has been fighting poverty in the slums of Buenos Aires. What effect might he have on the global scene in his new position?