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 (1,338)

Pandemics, plagues and innovation in history: the striking parallels between COVID-19 and the Black Death

Jul 8, 2021
There are some economic lessons to be learned from society's handling of the infamous plague of the 14th century.
Ambulance men of Florence, Italy, carrying a patient on a stretcher whilst wearing masks to ward off the plague.
Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Texas homeowners startled by "hijacked" thermostats

Jun 23, 2021
The changes were made by utilities trying to manage overtaxed power grids.
Customers who found their homes warmer than they'd programmed had actually consented to these changes, which were made by an energy-management firm called EnergyHub.
George Frey/Getty Images

Pain at the pump? Think Iran.

Jun 21, 2021
Yes, the economy is reopening globally. But gasoline prices are also affected by Iran's latest election.
The price of crude oil has risen $3 to about $75 per barrel since Iran elected Ebrahim Raisi president last week.
Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

Automation is replacing more workers than outsourcing, study says

Jun 17, 2021
New and better jobs could be created if we invest in breakthrough technologies that generate opportunities.
American workers replaced by automation may not have the same job prospects that displaced workers had in the past.
Dan Kitwood via Getty Images

Truce on Airbus/Boeing subsidies lets sides focus on emerging competitor

Jun 15, 2021
U.S.-EU pact suspends punitive tariffs and could spur collaboration to fend off Chinese expansion in the commercial aircraft industry.
Eric Piermont/AFP via Getty Images

As ransomware and other cyberattacks grow, cyber insurance struggles to keep up

Jun 14, 2021
The cost of cyber breaches may be double that of natural disasters. More firms seek coverage while insurers try to cut their own risk.
Rob Engelaar/AFP via Getty Images

With Keystone XL scrapped, oil companies look for workarounds

Jun 10, 2021
Pipelines have met increasing opposition, but persistent demand for crude may help them get approved.
Miles of unused pipe, prepared for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, sit in a North Dakota lot in 2014.
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Some traders bet on oil hitting $100 per barrel as economies thaw

Jun 8, 2021
Demand is picking up as more and more people resume their normal lives after vaccination.
With more people on the move as economies reopen, oil prices will keep going up if demand outraces supply.
Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. companies lobby for pardon for imprisoned Samsung chip tycoon

Jun 7, 2021
The American Chamber of Commerce seeks release of Jay Y. Lee, convicted of bribery. His company is mulling a big U.S. investment.
Samsung executive Jay Y. Lee was convicted of bribery in South Korea, but U.S. businesses want his company to build a semiconductor plant in the U.S.
Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images