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

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

John Snow's bad week

In China, the Treasury Secretary has met with one disappointment after another. And today, he tried to get the Chinese people to do a little more shopping, a little less saving. Scott Tong reports.

Staking a stem cell claim

Most polls indicate broad support for stem cell research, but Washingtona€™s official stance is to restrict funding. Scott Tong reports that states are racing to fill the void.
Posted In: Science

Whistleblowing vs. "public concern"

The Supreme Court looks at a case today involving a whistleblower in the Los Angeles County District Attorneys office. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

When is tax reform hot?

President Bush's advisory panel on federal tax reform meets today to discuss changes to the tax code that actually might stir up some sparks. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Nobel Prize in Economics goes to game theorists

The individual work of Thomas Schelling and Robert Aumann has helped inform trade negotiations in the global market, the Nobel committee said. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Economy

Reaching the kids

This weekend in Washington, hundreds of thousands of people will gather on the National Mall. They won't be there to attend an anti-war protest or a political rally; they're going to church. Scott Tong has the story.


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