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

Wal-Mart works on its image

Wal-Mart's had a tough week, and today saw the release of a documentary critical of the company. Scott Tong reports on the latest salvo in Wal-Mart's PR battle, and what's really at stake for the company.

Wal-Mart's PR yin and yang

The world's largest retailer is locked in a pitched battle over its image; today, two new salvos will be fired: a critical documentary and a rosy economic report. Scott Tong has the story.

Could it be... a campaign finance loophole?

There are campaign finance laws governing how political ad money can be spent on TV, radio, etc. But what about online? As Scott Tong reports, the House took up Internet political spending today.

Tax reform hits the fan

Today the President's tax reform panel formally issued its recommendations. Their goal was to make the tax code simpler and more fair. <a href="">Scott Tong</a> looks to see if it will be.
Posted In: Washington

The AMT and Mrs. Brady

The president's commission on tax reform is expected to issue its official recommendations tomorrow. One high-profile suggestion will likely be to ditch the Alternative Minimum Tax. Scott Tong explains.
Posted In: Washington

Hacking at the social safety net?

Today, Chair Bill Thomas led the House Committee on Ways and Means in its costcutting efforts. Just weeks after the president promised to take on poverty, critics say vital programs are on the block. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Breaking the rules of international trade?

Lots of American firms do business overseas, but foreign competitors argue the U.S. is unfairly tilting the field. Today in Washington, some will try to repeal a controversial U.S. trade practice. Scott Tong reports.

Wal-Mart: Lower costs, always.

The New York Times dug up an internal Wal-mart memo that shows the company hopes to keep down its costs by hiring more part-timers and discouraging unhealthy people from applying for jobs. Scott Tong reports.

Right to the heart

Workers who feel their bosses are fair have a reduced risk of heart attack and coronary disease, according to a long-term British study. Working for a bad boss? The news isn't so good. Scott Tong reports.

Gun liability changes

This week the House is expected to take up the Senate-passed bill to prohibit liability lawsuits against gun manufacturers and sellers, and to dismiss pending lawsuits. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington


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