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: Hostess, Twinkies, bimbo
Attention Twinkies lovers! All is not lost. Parent company Hostess begins its liquidation process, and one rumored buyer is a global bakery conglomerate from Mexico.
Posted In: BP, Oil
The company has started buying its stock to boost its share price and rumors are buzzing the stock purchase is a defensive move to stave off a buyout from a competing firm.
Posted In: Oil, fracking, petrochemical
A boom fueled by hydraulic fracturing of shale should add millions of jobs in the U.S. The question: How long will it last?
Posted In: gas prices, price gouging
Price-gouging during natural disaster is illegal, and New Jersey is prosecuting some gas stations after Hurricane Sandy. But gouging also is a means for distributing more broadly, because it discourages hoarding.
Posted In: AT&T, phone, digital
AT&T is making a big investment in its digital network -- and signaling its original, and extremely reliable, copper-wire system is on the way out.
Posted In: EPA, Barack Obama, 2012 election
Climate change may regain priority in the Obama administration. One area where the President can act without Congress is supporting the Environmental Protection Agency as it writes new rules limiting emissions.
Posted In: jobs report, adp, Unemployment
The Labor Department releases its last employment report before the election today. The U.S. has added jobs for 24 consecutive months, but at a slow rate.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy
The superstorm Sandy disrupted the business week of the nation's largest metropolitan area. Big companies carry insurance, but small businesses and individuals aren't insured for lost business and lost wages.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, power grid, electricity
The power grid is too large, too dependent on distant electricity supplies and not smart enough to pass the hurricane test. The result: long power outages. Upgrading to a more reliable grid will cost billions and take decades.
Posted In: 2012 election, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, climate change
One issue we haven't heard about too much this election season is climate change. What are the candidates position on the topic and why aren't we hearing about it.