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

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.

Cell phones and hackers

A new study from researchers at Penn State suggests cell phone networks are vulnerable to attack. A little broadband, some text messages and malicious intent might do it. Marketplace's Scott Tong explains.

Provide incentives, then what?

The House of Representatives is close to passing a bill that would encourage building of oil refineries. But as Scott Tong reports, refiners may not be interested.

Feeling economically surly? You're not alone.

We got our first real set of post-Katrina economic numbers today, and it ain't a pretty picture. We're earning less, spending less, and saving less. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.


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