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 (1,226)

COVID-19

Today's numbers on COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020
A daily snapshot of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19

Shelter-in-place orders hit factories

Apr 1, 2020
Economists say it could take three to six months of data to understand the pain in the factory economy.
The employee parking lots are nearly empty at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Belvidere Assembly Plant on March 24, 2020 in Belvidere, Ill.
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Countries race to limit, ban exports of masks, ventilators, other gear

Mar 30, 2020
Individual governments have defended decisions to keep medical equipment at home, arguing they must take care of their medical workers and patients first.
A program to monitor global protectionism found governments placed 46 different export controls on coronavirus-related safety supplies and machines this year. Above, masks are produced at factory in Germany on March 12.
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COVID-19

Gas stations depend on getting customers inside. Is that a problem right now?

Mar 30, 2020
The U.S. has 150,000 convenience stores — and most are connected to gas pumps.
Some health experts question the safety of small convenience stores during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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West Texas oil patch girds for bust as crude price craters toward $20 a barrel

Mar 18, 2020
The Permian Basin region, anchored by the towns of Midland and Odessa, has survived past shakeouts, but some think this could resemble the crash of the 1980s.
A crude oil pipeline in Texas.
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COVID-19

Mass telecommuting is an opportunity for hackers

Mar 16, 2020
As more people work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the bad guys are out. Even if your laptop is secure, your home network might not be.
As more people work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, they're more vulnerable to being hacked.
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Oil price war: Saudis have lowest costs; doesn't mean they'll win

Mar 10, 2020
Low oil prices affect all producer nations. Each has different vulnerabilities.
Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Oil price war: U.S. drillers feeling immediate pain

Mar 9, 2020
How bloody the shakeout becomes likely depends on how long crude prices stay in the basement.
Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

Stocks plunge, resuming volatility, as traders, analysts find data lagging

Mar 5, 2020
"Analysts have their hands in the air," one investment strategist says as markets struggle to predict the future.
There's evidence that the more markets go up and down, the more they are driven by emotion.
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COVID-19

OPEC, Russia discuss large oil supply cuts in "demand emergency"

Mar 4, 2020
There was talk that OPEC and Russia might together cut the world's supply of oil by one million barrels a day.
Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

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