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

Flood insurance overhaul

As heavy rains continue to pound the Mid-Atlantic, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill today making government flood insurance more expensive. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Univision finally has a buyer

The nation's dominant Spanish-speaking TV network has been on the block since February. This morning it reached an agreement with a group of private equity companies that's offered $12.3 billion. Scott Tong reports.

EU bypasses Hamas to aid Palestinians

The European Union says it will initially provide $126 million directly to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Fatah faction. The idea is to bypass Fatah's rival, Hamas, until it renounces violence. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

Inflating inflation

The Fed is allergic to inflation. But is inflation really in the air? And how can it irritate your family budget? Scott Tong finds out.
Posted In: Economy

DeLay says goodbye

Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay leaves Congress today. He faces trial for money-laundering and he's tied to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Scott Tong takes a look at whether his legacy is likely to last.
Posted In: Washington

Killing the 'death tax'?

The Senate could begin debate as early as today on a possible repeal of the estate tax. Prospects for passage don't look good, but don't expect the issue to go away any time soon. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Labor-market snapshot not pretty

The government's snapshot of the labor market released today wasn't pretty. Employers last month did a whole lot less hiring than expected. It was enough for some economists to use the term "inflection point." Scott Tong explains.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

FDA restaurant report

Government food regulators are expected to release a report today calling on restaurants to give caloric information on their menus. Scott Tong has more.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Positioning for 2008?

Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy today for reelection to the US Senate. She made no mention of a possible presidential bid in 2008, but she has amassed a $20 million war chest. Scott Tong reports.

Another settlement on Wall Street

Some of the big brokerage houses in New York have agreed to pay regulators a combined $13 million. They were accused of manipulating auctions for corporate and municipal bonds. Amy Scott reports.


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