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

Cocktail weiners and checkbooks

It's prime fund-raising season in Washington, with midterm elections six months away. Some politicians are trying to rise above the mediocre when it comes to entertaining. Scott Tong checked out one of the events.
Posted In: Washington

Another pork spending spree

The House is dealing with money matters this week. Scott Tong has been reading through the legislation, and he's found some earmark spending that is scary, funny or just outright weird.
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Confused Congress?

Lawmakers for weeks have been discussing lobbying reform legislation that clamps down on pork-barrel spending. But today the House begins debate on an appropriations bill full of anonymous 'earmark' spending. Say what? Scott Tong reports.
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Supreme Court sides with big business

The US Supreme Court decided today that taxpayers cannot sue their local governments over tax giveaways to corporations. Scott Tong looks at what that means for you.
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Medicare D(eadline)

Today is the deadline for seniors to sign up for the Medicare D drug plan without penalty. There's a debate over how many eligible seniors have signed up, but insurers say it's not enough. Scott Tong explains.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Senate extends tax cuts through 2010

While lawmakers trumpet the positive impact the tax cuts have had on the economy, many special interests and big companies are getting big breaks from the fine print of the deal too. Scott Tong reports.
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Infomercials at 55,000 feet

In an effort to find new sources of revenue, airlines are increasingly selling in-flight programming time to infomercials. Scott Tong has more.

Lobby reform losing teeth by the day

The House of Representatives is considering lobbying reforms today, but compared to what some critics are calling for, the House bill seems rather...lenient. Scott Tong tells us what was left out of the legislation.
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Bolivia takes back its gas

Bolivia may be following Venezuela's lead on nationalization efforts — and in rebuffing American trade efforts. Scott Tong reports.

Looks like <i>this</i> Dubai deal won't tank

The White House has approved another Dubai purchase of another American company doing some sensitive stuff. But the administration says this time is different, and it looks like &mdash; so far &mdash; Congress is buying it. Scott Tong reports.
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