Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s Sustainability Desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy.

Scott services the complete portfolio of Marketplace programming and has reported on several special series, including long-term U.S. job creation, U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the BP oil spill’s one-year anniversary, and famine in the Horn of Africa. He has reported from more than a dozen countries.

Scott joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently as the China bureau chief in Shanghai from 2007 to 2010. While there, he reported on a special series on the economics of one-child and the 30th anniversary of the one-child policy in China, the Beijing Olympics, the food safety scares in 2007, labor strikes, slave labor, child lead poisoning and baby-selling in China’s international adoption program.

Prior to joining Marketplace, Scott worked as a producer and off-air reporter at PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer for seven years, where he produced a special series from Iraq in 2003. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University.

A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Tong now lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and three children. He’s an acknowledged soccer dad, and he enjoys cooking, cycling (he bikes to work on a regular basis) and running slowly.



Features by Scott Tong

Indian pedestrians walk near smog enveloped government offices on Rajpath in New Delhi on Tuesday. India's capital has the world's most polluted air with six times what is considered safe, according to the World Health Organization.

India, still poor, insists on its full serving of energy

Countries where millions live without electricity say they must emit more carbon
Posted In: climate change, India, developing, energy
Delegates listen as Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change speaks during the opening session of the Climate Summit on November 30, 2015 in Paris, France.

Nations and billionaires pledge money for clean energy

Entrepreneurs and governments have pledged billions for low-carbon technology.
Posted In: climate change, paris, energy
Fields of carrots are watered in Kern County, California. The USDA says farm income will fall 38 percent this year, a second year of decline, to its lowest level in more than 10 years.

Falling prices are behind the bad year for farmers

Some see a global commodity dynamic known as a super-cycle at work here.
Posted In: farming, USDA, commodities

A 12-day push to reach a climate change deal starts on Monday

In Paris, representatives of some 200 countries will work towards a climate change deal.
Posted In: paris, climate change, United Nations, UN, Paris Climate Conference
Smoke billows from smokestacks and a coal fired generator at a steel factory in the industrial province of Hebei, China. With climate change talks in Paris in the upcoming week, some countries are doing more than others.

Could 'free riders' derail climate talks?

Some countries do little to cut emissions and benefit as others do the heavy lifting.
Posted In: Climate Conference, greenhouse gas emissions, Paris Climate Conference, Le Bourget
Chesapeake Energy is facing plummeting stock after borrowing its way into a lot of debt.

Chesapeake Energy's boom and bust

The oil and gas producer borrowed heavily, now it's deep in debt and struggling
Posted In: energy, Oil, fracking
The North American power grid is being tested in a virtually simulated attack with an exercise called Grid Ex III.

This war game tests vulnerability of the power grid

In a war game, utilities face all sorts of challenges: saboteurs, storms, squirrels.
Posted In: energy, power grid
Exhaust plumes from the main chimneys of a coal-fired power plant in Berlin, Germany.

How global warming all started

Global warming caused by burning fossil fuels was first predicted more than a century ago.
Posted In: global warming, carbon emissions, United Nations
The White River weaves through the landscape near where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would pass, south of Presho, South Dakota.

Six myths about Keystone

A look at what's going to happen to the controversial pipeline.
Posted In: Keystone pipeline, energy, big oil


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