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 (1,253)

In win for White House, the UK bans Huawei 5G telecom gear

Jul 14, 2020
The Trump administration has been pushing for the move for two years.
A Huawei product display in London.
Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Testing, testing: Labs, supply chain overwhelmed by coronavirus surge and diagnostic demand

Jul 7, 2020
Corporations, schools and sports leagues are putting additional pressure on testing supplies.
A health worker administers a coronavirus test in Florida. Demand for testing has surged.
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$8 billion natural gas pipeline canceled, raising questions about fuel's future

Jul 6, 2020
With challenges from environmental groups and state governments, the idea of natural gas as a bridge fuel may be fading.
Climate activists protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in February.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Chesapeake Energy bankruptcy raises new questions about oil and gas failures, abandoned wells

Jun 30, 2020
The company is being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and seeking to reorganize.
A pump jacks draws crude oil in Signal Hill, California, in March.
David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

Major airline CEOs to arrive at White House Friday for meeting on COVID-19 issues

On the agenda: concerns around checking passengers' temperatures and contact tracing.
The numbers show that only about half a million Americans are flying every day. That’s one-fifth the normal amount for the early summer.
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Bayer reaches $10 billion settlement in Roundup cancer lawsuits

Bayer, which acquired Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, is trying to settle all claims, present and future.
The herbicide Roundup has been a blockbuster weedkiller, but plaintiffs say it causes a certain cancer and several juries have agreed.
Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Is this controversial weedkiller helping or hurting our food supply?

Jun 22, 2020
Critics say the herbicide dicamba cannot keep its agricultural social distance.
The label on the herbicide Engenia, containing dicamba. This and two other dicamba herbicides were declared illegal by a federal appeals court June 3.
NIcholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

More people are eligible to tap retirement savings without penalty

The big change: If your spouse's job has been hit by COVID-19 you may be eligible to pull as much as $100,000 from retirement savings — penalty-free.
Personal finance experts are warning, however, that you should only dip into your retirement savings in the case of an emergency.
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Which jobs are coming back first? Which may never return?

Jun 17, 2020
A snapshot of who's hiring now, plus a warning about employment predictions in an unknown COVID-19 recovery.
Job postings in the beauty and wellness category rebounded at the job-listing behemoth Indeed.
Jim Watson, Getty Images