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On a dream, undeterred

Nov 12, 2019

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Marketplace Morning Report

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 (1,182)

U.S. lawmakers visit Mexico for labor reform assurances under trade deal

by Scott Tong Oct 7, 2019
Congressional Democrats have suggested they could vote for the North American pact if protections for Mexican workers are sufficiently implemented.
LARS HAGBERG/AFP/Getty Images

Questions about shale production arise as U.S. oil production falls

by Scott Tong Oct 1, 2019
Analysts have raised questions about the limits of shale oil wells in the United States.
A high-pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where fracking is used to extract oil and gas in Lost Hills, California, in 2014.
David McNew/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia announces new chapter in diversifying economy away from oil: tourist visas

by Scott Tong Sep 27, 2019
For the first time, the conservative kingdom is opening up to tourists from more than 40 countries.
A view of Riyadh, the Saudi capital, in 2007.
Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images

Another Hollywood moment for Asian-Americans: SNL gains first Chinese-American cast member

by Scott Tong Sep 27, 2019
SNL begins its 45th season with an historic appointment in 29-year-old Bowen Yang.
New SNL castmember Bowen Yang, and his co-moderator Matt Rogers, at the Vulture Festival in May 2018 in New York City.
Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vulture Festival

Chinese electric bus maker BYD faces U.S. ban pushed by Senate and competitors

by Scott Tong Sep 26, 2019
The Senate version of a federal spending bill would ban Chinese vehicle makers from the U.S. public bus sector on grounds of national and economic security.
A provision in a Senate spending bill aims to ban Chinese companies from the U.S. bus market. Above, a bus in New York City.
Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Oil prices rise on Mideast risk assessment

by Scott Tong Sep 16, 2019
The 14% spike, following a weekend attack on a key Saudi oil production facility, reflects what traders consider a "Gulf premium" based on new oil supply risks.
Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on Sept. 14 after drone attacks sparked two fires.
AFP/Getty Images

The budget deficit last topped $1 trillion in 2012, a very different time

by Scott Tong Sep 13, 2019
Back then, the economy was struggling its way out of recession. Now? Not so much.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday the government deficit has topped $1 trillion for the first time in seven years. Above, the Treasury Department building in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Nation's first mega-offshore wind project stalled for additional study

by Scott Tong Sep 13, 2019
A federal delay in the nation's first large-scale offshore wind farm has analysts wondering if this could stall overall momentum for offshore wind power in the country.
A rendering of offshore wind turbines.
Courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Coal mine standoff in Kentucky moves to negotiation between parties

by Scott Tong Sep 12, 2019
Miners and mine owner have begun negotiations to break the deadlock in Harlan County.
Unemployed Blackjewel coal miner Chris Lewis shows his tattoo as he participates in a blockade along the railroad tracks that lead to one of Blackjewel's mines on August 08, 2019 near Cumberland, Kentucky.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Key measure of entrepreneurship has fallen since Great Recession

by Scott Tong Sep 6, 2019
The formation of new businesses that hire workers and have payroll is lagging, according to new data from the Census Bureau.
A "closing sale" sign stands outside one of the last few open stores at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, Pennsylvania. The mall closed in 2018.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images