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.
Posted In: carbon emissions, carbon dioxide, climate change
Governments and businesses estimate a Social Cost of Carbon, the cost of damage caused by a ton of carbon emissions.
Posted In: arizona, New Mexico, Nevada
Collapsed housing markets and sharp cuts in state spending put New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada at bottom of survey of children's welfare.
Posted In: NBA, basketball, Obamacare, health care reform
Why would a sports league -- or any business -- want to be identified with the controversial law that provides insurance to the uninsured.
Posted In: drugs, patents, prescription
Makers of patented drugs sometimes pay generic drug makers not to copy their drugs when they go off patent, allowing them to keep charging high prices. The U.S. Supreme Court says the FTC can challenge such deals.
Posted In: consumer behavior, children, middle class
Is spending to give your kids a leg-up worth it? How much would you be willing to sacrifice?
Posted In: 401k, retirement savings, retirement planning
Ted Benna was a pension consultant who noticed a new tax code provision, K, added to Section 401. He never intended the retirement plan that resulted to replace pensions or become so complicated.
Posted In: immigrants, Immigration, lobbying
As the Senate debates a significant overhaul to our nation's immigration laws, special interest groups are wading into the fight. Advocates and opponents of immigration reform are spending on TV ads and lobbying.
Posted In: consumer behavior, children
Trying to give your children an advantage in growing up makes consuming a competition. When everyone has a tutor, a trainer or a special baseball bat, you can't help but keep up.
Posted In: consumer, fitness, children
We all want our kids to get into the best colleges they can. Some families take extra measures and spend extra money in pursuit of an edge.
Posted In: electric cars, batteries
The company Better Place is liquidating, after a failed attempt to make electric cars with batteries to swap in and out. Problem is, e-vehicles are still expensive. And fossil fuel prices in the recent downturn have softened.