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

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.

Heating assistance

The Senate could take up a bill as early as today to allocate $1 billion in federal funds to home heating assistance for the poor. As Scott Tong reports, utilities are lobbying hard for passage.
Posted In: Economy

Lobbying reform

The Senate takes up lobbying reform again today. Some of the proposals include an independent ethics office to police interactions between lawmakers and lobbyists. Scott Tong has more.

No consensus on Census change

Today more than 400 economists and other academics will call on US Census officials to spare a $40 million survey to find out how federal programs help needy families. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Economy

SCOTUS on corporate subsidies

Today the Supreme Court hears a case that challenges big tax breaks given to companies designed to lure them away from competing states. Scott Tong explains the case, and the potential impacts of the court's decision.

Relocation incentives

Reporter Scott Tong travels to Toledo to preview today's case before the Supreme Court over whether corporate tax breaks as relocation incentives are Constitutional.

Clean Water Act challenged

The Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case brought by developers looking to limit the reach of the Clean Water Act. Scott Tong reports.


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