Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s sustainability desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy. He 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 one-year anniversary, and famine in the Horn of Africa. He has reported from more than a dozen countries. Tong joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently as the China bureau chief in Shanghai from January 2007 to July 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, Tong 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. Tong 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 enjoys cooking, cycling (he bikes to work on a regular basis), and running slowly.
In China, the Treasury Secretary has met with one disappointment after another. And today, he tried to get the Chinese people to do a little more shopping, a little less saving. Scott Tong reports.
This weekend in Washington, hundreds of thousands of people will gather on the National Mall. They won't be there to attend an anti-war protest or a political rally; they're going to church. Scott Tong has the story.
A new study from researchers at Penn State suggests cell phone networks are vulnerable to attack. A little broadband, some text messages and malicious intent might do it. Marketplace's Scott Tong explains.
The House of Representatives is close to passing a bill that would encourage building of oil refineries. But as Scott Tong reports, refiners may not be interested.
We got our first real set of post-Katrina economic numbers today, and it ain't a pretty picture. We're earning less, spending less, and saving less. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.
Rebuilding, recovery and no-bid contracts were kicked around on Capitol Hill today. Coming in for scrutiny were government auditors; watchdog groups wonder if there are enough to do the job. Scott Tong reports.