Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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4:48pm

Sun April 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:49 pm

Mother and infant Bouvier's red colobus monkeys in a first-ever photograph of the primate taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The species was thought to have gone extinct in the 1970s.
Lieven Devreese and Gaël Elie Gnondo Gobolo Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, DRC

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.

The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.

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12:47pm

Sun April 19, 2015
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2 Decades Later, 168 Victims Of Oklahoma City Attack Are Remembered

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:50 pm

Spectators bow their heads during a moment of silence during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, on Sunday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Twenty years ago today, Timothy McVeigh — an Army veteran with strong anti-government views — drove a rental truck containing a massive homemade bomb up to the front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, lit the fuse and walked away.

The result was the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. It took the lives of 168 people, including many children attending a daycare in the targeted building.

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11:23am

Sun April 19, 2015
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Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy For A Limited Engagement

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 5:40 pm

Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia presents the Holy Shroud during a preview for the news media at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy, on Saturday. The shroud — believed by many to be the burial cloth of Christ — will go on display for the first time in five years.
Antonio Calanni AP

The Shroud of Turin, an artifact that many people believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, goes back on public display today for the first time in five years in the Italian city that bears its name.

The shroud can be seen by the public until June 24, at the cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin. Anyone who wants to view it can do so for free, but must first sign up online. Already a million people have done so, according to the BBC.

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9:14am

Sun April 19, 2015
The Two-Way

New ISIS Video Purports To Show Shooting, Beheading Of Christians

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 2:04 pm

The self-declared Islamic State has released a new video purporting to show its followers shooting or beheading some 30 Ethiopian Christians in two separate locations in Libya, as a masked man dressed in black issues a stark warning to the West.

Reuters says of the video, reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, that it "portrays Christians as crusaders out to kill Muslims and then showed about 15 men beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size shot in their heads in scrubland."

According to Reuters:

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8:29am

Sun April 19, 2015
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Hundreds Of Migrants Feared Dead In Capsized Boat Off North Africa

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 8:30 pm

Personnel at work in the operations room of the Italian Coast Guard in Rome, Italy on Sunday during the coordination of relief efforts after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants capsizes off Libyan coast occurred in the Strait of Sicily.
Angelo Carconi Landov

Hundreds of would-be migrants from North Africa who were trying to reach Europe are missing and feared drowned after their boat capsized about 120 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Officials say it could be the largest-ever such tragedy on the Mediterranean.

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5:57pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Oklahoma Approves Nitrogen Asphyxiation For Executions

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:02 pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law today allowing nitrogen to be used in executions in the state in case lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or the drugs are not available.

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3:25pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 6:32 pm

A troop of chimpanzees in Uganda has learned to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.
New Scientist

Call it Darwinian evolution in action: A troop of wild chimpanzees in Uganda has learned a valuable survival skill — to look before crossing.

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3:04pm

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

U.N., Oxfam Report At Least 120,000 Displaced In Yemen Fighting

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Militants loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi take their positions in Taiz, Yemen, late last month after at least 45 people were killed in north Yemen after an airstrike hit a camp for internally displaced people.
Anees Mahyoub UPI/Landov

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in the fighting in Yemen, the United Nations says today in a new report, which warns that the figure could rise dramatically unless the conflict is ended.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the number of displaced persons in Yemen is estimated at between 120,000 and 150,000. (Separately, Oxfam puts the figure at 121,000).

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11:20am

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Key Figure In Saddam's Regime Reportedly Killed By Iraqi Forces

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 2:06 pm

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle (shown here in 2002), leads one of the Sunni armed factions helping ISIS in its fight against the Iraqi government.
Jassim Mohammed AP

Iraqi forces claim to have killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who served in Saddam Hussein's leadership circle and is believed to have been instrumental in the sudden rise of the self-declared Islamic State.

But an official from Saddam's Baath Party has denied the report.

Douri, 72, is the "king of clubs" in the deck of playing cards U.S. troops used to identify key figures in Saddam's regime following the 2003 invasion that toppled the Baathist regime.

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9:37am

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 11:18 am

Pope Francis greets the faithful arriving at St. Peter's Square earlier this week. The Vatican says Francis is considering a trip to Cuba.
Alessandro Di Meo EPA/Landov

Pope Francis, who plans to visit the United States in September, might tack onto his itinerary a side trip to Cuba, the Vatican says, but it cautions the talks with Havana are at an early stage.

The Catholic Herald quotes Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi as saying Francis is "considering the idea of a Cuba leg."

The Herald notes:

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8:48am

Fri April 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Bloomberg Terminals Go Dark For Hours, Sending Ripples Through Markets

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 11:03 am

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange on Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET

If there's one piece of hardware that can be found on nearly every trader's desk, regardless of time zone, it's the Bloomberg data terminal.

So when the terminals experienced a global outage lasting hours, it sent chaos through markets where the "screens" are relied upon to analyze and interpret financial data — and to exchange market gossip with traders around the world.

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11:01am

Sun April 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Stephen Hawking Covers Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 9:01 am

Stephen Hawking flying through the universe in a new video of Monty Python's Galaxy Song.
Monty Python YouTube

Has life gotten you down?

Do things seem hard or tough?

We might have just the antidote: Stephen Hawking covering Monty Python's "Galaxy Song."

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9:26am

Sun April 12, 2015
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Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 1:25 pm

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott looks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, last month. Abbott announced Sunday that his government would close a loophole to discourage families from refusing childhood vaccinations.
Lukas Coch EPA/Landov

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

Australia has announced plans to halt welfare payments and child care rebates to families that refuse to have their children vaccinated — an aggressive move aimed at clamping down on a rising number of parents who opt out of immunizations.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday that the government was closing a loophole and would stop payments of up to $11,500 per child (15,000 Australian dollars) for parents who don't get their kids immunized by claiming to be "conscientious objectors."

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8:57am

Sun April 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Pope's Remarks On Armenian 'Genocide' Spark Row With Turkey

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 3:36 pm

Prelates take pictures as Pope Francis celebrates an Armenian-Rite Mass to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Sunday.
Gregorio Borgia AP

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

Pope Francis today touched off a diplomatic dispute between the Turkey and the Holy See when he referred to the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I as "genocide."

That view, long disputed by Turkey, caused Ankara to summon the Vatican envoy and to recall its own ambassador to the Roman Catholic Church.

"Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it," Francis said at Mass Sunday in the Armenian Catholic rite in St. Peter's Basilica.

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4:49pm

Sat April 11, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Capitol Briefly Placed On Lockdown After Apparent Suicide

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 5:12 pm

Members of law enforcement and emergency services gather and a perimeter created around the west front of the U.S. Capitol as the U.S. Capitol was on lockdown Saturday after an apparent suicide.
Carolyn Kaster AP

A "precautionary lockdown" of the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Visitor Center has been lifted today after a shot was fired in an apparent suicide, according to police.

"The suspected shooter has been neutralized but the U.S. Capitol Building has been locked down as a precautionary measure," Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a written statement after the shooting, which occurred around 1 p.m. EDT.

No one else is believed to have been hurt, The Associated Press says.

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