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Scott Tong

Correspondent

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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 (1,184)

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

Here's why Washington is concerned about TikTok

by Scott Tong Nov 4, 2019
National security officials are reportedly investigating the popular social video app because of its user data practices.
AFP via Getty Images

China due to roll out super-fast 5G mobile in major cities

by Scott Tong Oct 31, 2019
For China and other countries, the 5G rollout is a global technology race.
People walk past a sign that reads "5G park" inside the Huawei headquarters in China's southern Guangdong province in December 2018.
Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Murray Energy is the latest coal mining firm to declare bankruptcy

by Scott Tong Oct 29, 2019
The decline in coal-fired power plants began with older facilities about a decade ago. Now even younger plants are being retired.

Airlines might not love Boeing right now, but switching planes won't be easy

by Scott Tong Oct 24, 2019
The waitlist for new Airbus planes is seven years long.
It's unclear when or if the 737 Max will return to the skies. Above, a Boeing 737 Max 8 takes off for a test flight in 2016.
Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

The Trump administration wants to end California's cap-and-trade program

by Scott Tong Oct 23, 2019
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the Trump administration is picking a legal fight with California.
California's cap and trade program aims to lower climate change-causing emissions. Above, smog hovers over Los Angeles in 2002.
David McNew/Getty Images

What I learned by chatting with Chinese robocallers

by Scott Tong Oct 22, 2019
Those Chinese-language phone scams are on the rise again.
Every robocall begins with a canned message.
Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Exxon Mobil goes on trial for allegedly defrauding investors about climate change risk

by Scott Tong Oct 22, 2019
The gas and oil giant used two sets of books, the New York attorney general's office alleges.
The oil and gas giant is on trial for committing fraud over climate change risk. Above, an Exxon gas station in Burbank, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

Top chipmaker anticipates bullish 5G rollout in 2020

by Scott Tong Oct 18, 2019
What would an early arrival of next-generation wireless networks mean for regular consumers?
David Ramos/Getty Images