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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 (1,192)

Chevron's nearly $11B write-down reflects weak demand and low oil and gas prices

by Scott Tong Dec 11, 2019
Some energy companies are questioning whether they can wait out the current dip in prices.
Chevron noted challenges in natural gas fields in the Marcellus Shale formation and in deepwater oilfields in the Gulf of Mexico.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What will the new North American trade agreement change?

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer, Scott Tong, Marielle Segarra, and Jasmine Garsd Dec 10, 2019
We take a look at what it will mean for drug prices, automakers and the tech industry.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during this morning's news conference on the USMCA trade agreement.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

To maintain oil prices, OPEC and Russia entertain further cuts to supply

by Scott Tong Dec 4, 2019
Members of the OPEC coalition of oil producers meet tomorrow in Vienna to discuss an excess of oil supply. The group will be joined by Russia on Friday for further talks. That combined group, known as OPEC-Plus, previously agreed to…
A slowing worldwide demand for gasoline is leading to an excess in supply.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

EU to press for Green New Deal of its own in Madrid

by Scott Tong Dec 3, 2019
The new head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is planning to announce what she calls a “European Green New Deal."
Ursula von der Leyen plans to announce a "European Green New Deal" at the next climate summit.
Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images

Trump administration proposes new powers to block foreign technology deals

by Scott Tong Nov 27, 2019
"From a business perspective, it's terrifying," said one attorney.
Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. videogame giant seeks next approval in China, despite controversy over punishing Hong Kong gamer

by Scott Tong Nov 22, 2019
The Chinese gaming market is estimated at more than $30 billion, second only to that of the United States.
Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hollywood, U.S. Navy accused of caving to Chinese censorship standards

by Scott Tong Nov 21, 2019
The movie industry needs to sell tickets in China, so it often accepts Beijing's demands.
Moviegoers make their way to a multiplex cinema in Beijing in 2009.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

PG&E due in bankruptcy court

by Scott Tong Nov 19, 2019
PG&E's power grid infrastructure has been blamed for wildfires in 2017 and 2018.
A fallen PG&E utility pole lays on a property burned during the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California on Oct. 28, 2019.
Philip Pachecho/AFP via Getty Images

China tries to make its economic data more trustworthy

by Scott Tong Nov 14, 2019
For decades, skeptics have accused China of doctoring its GDP and other statistics.
People take pictures during an opening ceremony of the Shanghai Stock Exchange's Sci-Tech Innovation Board in Shanghai on July 22, 2019.
STR /AFP/China OUT

Trade war threatens 1.5 million American jobs, study says

by Scott Tong Nov 14, 2019
The trade war debate often focuses on exports. But the Port of Los Angeles has found more jobs are threatened by tariffs on imports.
Container trucks arrive at the Port of Long Beach on August 23, 2019 in Long Beach, California. - President Donald Trump hit back at China on August 23, 2019, in their mounting trade war, raising existing and planned tariffs in retaliation for Beijing's announcement earlier in the day of new duties on American goods.
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

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