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

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

Congress looks at corporate fraud

Two Senate committees held hearings today on the options backdating scandal. Marketplace's Scott Tong tells host Kai Ryssdal that the practice may be history, but there's still plenty of trouble ahead for some companies.
Posted In: Washington

Backdating goes to Washington

Today lawmakers wade into the stock options backdating scandal. The Senate has scheduled hearings in the bank and finance committees where the top question is likely to be, what happens next? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Immigration report

Global immigration is at its highest rate ever and about half of those migrants are women. A new report from the UN spotlights some of the economic magnets that lure them and the tradeoffs. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

August unemployment holds steady

The latest jobs numbers are in and itseems employers are still hiring at a decent pace — with exceptions in a couple industries. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Economy

Immigration field hearing

The Senate takes its immigration field hearing tour to Colorado today to examine the impact of illegal immigration on state and federal budgets. Scott Tong reports.


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