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

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.
Posted In: Washington

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.
Posted In: Washington

Traveling this summer?

Get ready for some waiting. The planes are fuller and airports may not have enough security screeners. Feds are trying to solve the problem, Scott Tong reports.

A different Dubai deal

Another White House deal with a Dubai company. Last time it was ports and congressional heat burned it. This time it's a maker of parts for US tanks and military planes. Scott Tong reports the word from the administration: This one's different.

Military payroll problems

The US military has a payroll problem. Turns out that some injured soldiers have gotten overpaid, and then received debt collection notices from the government months later. Scott Tong reports.

Military payroll problems

A government investigation for release today reveals a host of payroll problems in the US military. Wounded service members are being overpaid, then receiving debt collection notices months later. Scott Tong reports.

Microsoft gets in the game

Microsoft has bought an advertising agency that has a modern day twist. Think ad placement in your video games. Scott Tong explains.

Petroleum 101

Although President Bush said the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice would investigate possible price gouging, he blamed the escalation of fuel costs on the growing demand for oil and lack of new US refineries. Scott Tong reports.


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