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Scott Tong

Correspondent

SHORT BIO

I report on sustainability issues (energy, climate, environment, resources) for Marketplace, as well as the U.S.-China technology relationship, frequently describes as “fraught.” I am Marketplace’s former China bureau chief.

What was your first job?

English-language audiotape (yes, tape) voice-over work. Sixth grade.Taiwan.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Show up an hour before the interview.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Gas for kid carpools; Washington Capitals hockey tickets.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

Smoker (plus wooden slotted spoon).

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Sneaking into Burma for twenty bucks.

Latest Stories from Scott (1,144)

Huawei

What exactly is Huawei? What you need to know.

by Scott Tong and Tommy Andres Jun 10, 2019
Get yourself up to speed on the race to own 5G, surveillance concerns and the vast reach of this $100 billion company.
A reception area at the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province.
HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

And the winner is? The results of the Marketplace smartphone blind taste test

by Scott Tong May 29, 2019
Marketplace's smartphone blind taste test found Huawei and Motorola outperformed, and Apple underperformed.
Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images
Huawei

Huawei obstacles go global following U.S. blacklisting

by Scott Tong May 23, 2019
Chinese tech giant Huawei, already facing a ban on doing business with the U.S., loses global supply-chain and market partners in Europe and Japan
A Huawei logo is displayed at a retail store in Beijing on May 23, 2019.
FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

Qualcomm ruling raises concern over U.S. competitiveness in 5G race

by Scott Tong May 23, 2019
The company's loss in federal court could require it to overhaul its business model, depriving the U.S. industry-leading semiconductor maker of next-generation R&D funds.
People visit the Qualcomm stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 27.
PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
Huawei

Huawei tensions risk global tech "decoupling"

by Scott Tong May 16, 2019
Policymakers and tech insiders fear a potential ban on U.S. suppliers to Huawei could help unravel today's globalized tech supply chain.
SHENZHEN, CHINA - APRIL 12: A member of Huawei's reception staff walks in front of a large screen displaying the logo in the foyer of a building used for high profile customer visits and displays at the company's Bantian campus on April 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, China.
Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

How long will the trade war with China last?

by Scott Tong May 13, 2019
The U.S. has raised tariffs on Chinese goods, and now China has retaliated.
A container ship unloads its cargo at the main port terminal in Long Beach, California, on May 10. China warned on May 13 that it will "never surrender to external pressure" after the United States ordered tariffs on almost all Chinese exports.
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Russia plays oil diplomacy card in Middle East

by Scott Tong May 10, 2019
Russia has leveraged its oil and gas market power to enhance its influence in the Middle East, just as the U.S. is pulling back from the region.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) headquarters in Vienna, Austria in 2016.
Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Uber's IPO arrives at a challenging time

by Scott Tong May 9, 2019
Uber's Jump bikes are made in China, and they could see a U.S. import tariff hike if trade talks fall through.
Uber launches its Jump electrical bike service in Brussels on April 25.
HATIM KAGHAT/AFP/Getty Images
Trade showdown

Trump’s tariff threat puts China’s leader in a bind

by Scott Tong May 6, 2019
In Beijing, President Donald Trump’s new threat to hike tariffs on Chinese goods has not gone over well. Stocks fell 5% in one Chinese stock exchange, 7.4% in another, and the currency tumbled. Politically, this puts Chinese leaders in a…
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 9: U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia.
Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images

Nations meet to discuss Arctic resources

by Scott Tong May 6, 2019
Today in Finland, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will speak at what’s called the Arctic Council, a forum of northern countries that meets to discuss and assess sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic region. With climate change, the…
Sea ice is seen from NASA's Operation IceBridge research aircraft off the northwest coast on March 30, 2017 above Greenland. NASA's Operation IceBridge has been studying how polar ice has evolved over the past nine years and is currently flying a set of eight-hour research flights over ice sheets and the Arctic Ocean to monitor Arctic ice loss aboard a retrofitted 1966 Lockheed P-3 aircraft. According to NASA scientists and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), sea ice in the Arctic appears to have reached its lowest maximum wintertime extent ever recorded on March 7. Scientists have said the Arctic has been one of the regions hardest hit by climate change.
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