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

Senate approves lobbying reform bill

The Senate approved a bill today that revises ethics rules regarding politicians and lobbyists. And even though many think the bill is just a partial cleaning at best, lawmakers are putting it through the political spin cycle. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Good news for identity thieves?

The Visa credit card company says cash registers may have a built-in software flaw that stores consumer credit card and debit card information, even though they're not supposed to. Scott Tong reports.

Budget vote-o-rama

On Capitol Hill today the Senate is expected to vote on numerous bills, including those relating to education and to oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

A full-court press on online gambling

As March Madness betting kicks into high gear, a House committee considers a bill to block online gambling by barring banks and credit cards from processing gaming payments. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Sports, Washington

Hot hands

There's a field of study on the "hot hands" theory and whether there's evidence for winning streaks in everything from basketball to the stock market. In honor of March Madness, Scott Tong dives in with some economists to see if more than just luck is involved.
Posted In: Economy, Sports

Something shady at Northwest?

Northwest Airlines might have withheld money from its pension plan, declared bankruptcy and then dumped the responsibility onto taxpayers. Scott Tong reports.

Federal contractors, federal cheats

A new study finds 10% of federal contractors are delinquent on their taxes. The Senate is holding a hearing today to learn more about the problem. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Now playing: Debt ceiling drama

The debt ceiling is supposed to put a limit on how much the US Treasury can borrow. But, historically, this issue's provided a lot more heat than light. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

What's in Capital One's wallet?

We know it's at least $14.5 billion.That's how much the credit card company will pay for a New York-based bank called North Fork. As Scott Tong reports, Capital One's been opening it's wallet a lot lately.

Telegraphing on telecom

AT&T should get an indication today of how its bid to acquire Bell South will be received by regulators. FCC nominee Robert McDowell will be asked about his opinion of the proposed merger at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing. Scott Tong reports.


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