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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4:49pm

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Police Capture Prison Escapee David Sweat, Ending Weeks-Long Manhunt

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 8:55 pm

David Sweat, who escaped along with Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.
New York State Police AP

Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET

David Sweat, one of two inmates who escaped from a prison in upstate New York earlier this month, has been shot but taken alive just days after his accomplice, Richard Matt, was killed by police.

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3:40pm

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Multiple Shark Attacks On Carolina Beaches

For the second time in as many days, a swimmer off North Carolina's Outer Banks has been attacked by a shark.

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10:12am

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 4:58 pm

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff Sunday at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
John Raoux AP

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket experienced what the private space launch company calls "some type of anomaly in first-stage flight" about two and a half minutes into its flight.

NASA commentator George Diller confirmed that "the vehicle has broken up."

Pieces could be seen raining down on the Atlantic Ocean over the rocket's intended trajectory. More than 5,200 pounds of cargo, including the first docking port designed for NASA's next-generation crew capsule, were aboard.

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10:00am

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Kuwait Says Saudi Responsible For Mosque Suicide Bombing

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 3:13 pm

People gather near flag-draped coffins of Kuwaiti Shiite victims from Friday's suicide bombing at a mosque in the capital.
Khider Abbas EPA/Landov

The suicide bomber who attacked a Shiite mosque in Kuwait last week, killing 27 people, was a Saudi national who flew into the neighboring Gulf nation hours before carrying out his deadly mission, Kuwaiti officials say. The self-declared Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.

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8:46am

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Greece To Close Banks, Impose Capital Controls Amid Looming Default

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:19 pm

A security worker brings money to a National Bank branch in Athens on Sunday. Greeks have been withdrawing euros in anticipation of a possible default on the country's debt payments early next week.
Marko Djurica Reuters/Landov

Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced Sunday that banks will be closed and capital controls imposed in order to stave off a run on the euro after negotiations with the country's international lenders broke down.

He said the Athens stock market would also be closed.

However, Tsipras blamed the European Central Bank for the latest crisis after it decided not to increase the amount of emergency liquidity amid a run on the banks that saw people lined up at ATMs, many of which ran dry amid the onslaught.

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4:28pm

Sat June 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Police Question Suspect In Lyon Factory Beheading

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 7:50 pm

The Air Products industrial gas factory in Saint-Quentin Fallavier, France, shown on Saturday, a day after the attack.
Marius Becker DPA/Landov

Police in France are questioning a suspect they believe was responsible for an explosion and the beheading of a man at a factory near Lyon on Friday. Officials reportedly say he took a "selfie" with the slain victim — his boss at the plant — and sent it to an unidentified Canadian mobile phone number.

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3:39pm

Sat June 27, 2015
The Two-Way

After Escaped Convict Is Shot In New York, Police Hunt For Accomplice

Officers search for convicted murderer David Sweat on Friday in upstate New York, after his accomplice, Richard Matt, was fatally shot by authorities.
Mary Altaffer AP

A day after Richard Matt, one of two escaped inmates from a prison in upstate New York was shot and killed by police, a weeks-long manhunt, which has yet to track down accomplice David Sweat, has gone into overdrive. Helicopters, search dogs and hundreds of officers are scouring an area about 30 miles away from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

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12:46pm

Sat June 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Kurds Reportedly Retake Kobani From ISIS Fighters

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:16 pm

Turkish Kurds watch from the Turkish side of the border Friday as smoke rises in Kobani, Syria. Since last year, the town has seen control seesaw between Kurds and Islamic State militants.
AP

Kurdish forces have retaken the key border town of Kobani from militants with the self-declared Islamic State, the second time the Islamist extremists have been ousted from the region this year, according to a British-based monitoring group.

Farther east, ISIS fighters had also attacked the government-held Syrian city of Hasaka.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which keeps close tabs on the situation on the ground, says that ISIS fighters, who are said to have captured the town mere days ago, have been forced to withdraw.

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11:31am

Sat June 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Greece Slouches Toward Default As Germany Rules Out Further Debt Talks

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:54 pm

People stand in a line to use the ATMs of a bank in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday after the country's prime minister announced a snap referendum on an international bailout — pushing Athens toward a Tuesday deadline for a plan to prevent default on its IMF debt.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Updated at 3:05 p.m. ET

Across Greece, people lined up outside banks and at ATMs to withdraw euros today after their prime minister called for a surprise referendum on a proposed international bailout for the troubled country — a move that has pushed Athens to the brink of default and an exit from the eurozone.

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8:51am

Sat June 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Tunisia IDs Beach Resort Assailant As 23-Year-Old Aviation Student

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:54 pm

This image, which is taken from a website associated with the self-declared Islamic State, purports to show Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.
AP

Updated at 1:05 p.m. ET

The man who opened fire on tourists at a Tunisian beach resort, killing 39 and wounding 36 others, has been identified by the country's prime minister as a 23-year-old aviation student studying at the nearby University of Kairouan.

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8:01am

Sat June 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Activist Climbs Flagpole At S.C. Statehouse, Removes Confederate Banner

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 4:37 pm

Activist climbing flagpole at South Carolina's Capitol to remove Confederate battle flag.
Mediater

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

An African-American activist scaled the 30-foot flag pole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse early this morning and removed the Confederate battle flag that flies there.

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10:39am

Fri June 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Delivers Eulogy At Funeral For Slain Charleston Pastor

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:49 am

President Obama speaks during services honoring the life of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney on Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET

President Obama, delivering the eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, said the alleged killer of the pastor and eight other congregants at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church hoped to "terrorize and oppress" but that "God has different ideas."

Noting the public forgiveness expressed toward white shooting suspect Dylann Roof by families of the victims in Charleston, South Carolina, Obama said Roof "didn't know he was being used by God."

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9:23am

Fri June 26, 2015
The Two-Way

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack At Kuwait Mosque

Kuwaiti Information Minister Sheikh Salman al-Humoud al-Sabah (center) consoles worshipers outside the Imam Sadiq Mosque after a suicide bomb attack following Friday prayers.
Reuters/Landov

At least 10 people are dead at a mosque in the Kuwaiti capital after an attack carried out by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt. The self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

The explosion at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in a residential and shopping district of Kuwait City occurred after Friday prayers, according to The Associated Press.

Reuters quotes the governor of Kuwait City, Thabet al-Muhanna, as saying more than 10 people were killed in the attack on the Shiite mosque.

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8:49am

Fri June 26, 2015
The Two-Way

At Least 37 Dead After Attack On Hotel At Tunisian Beach Resort

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:54 pm

The body of a tourist lies near a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. Dozens of people were killed Friday when at least one gunman opened fire at the hotel, an interior ministry spokesman said.
Amine Ben Aziza Reuters/Landov

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

A gunman at tourist hotel on Tunisia's Mediterranean coastal resort of Sousse removed a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and opened fire, killing at least 37 people, including British, German and Belgian tourists, according to government officials in the North African country.

Tunisia's health ministry said dozens were wounded in the attack.

The Associated Press quotes Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui as saying Tunisian security forces had killed the attacker.

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8:16am

Fri June 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Report: ISIS Goes Door-To-Door Killing Scores Of Civilians In Kobani

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:21 pm

Syrian Kurds from Kobani wait behind the border fences to cross into Turkey on Friday. An attack by Islamic State fighters on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village has so far killed at least 146 civilians, the second-biggest massacre by the hardline group in the country, a conflict monitor said on Friday.
Murad Sezer Reuters/Landov

Fighters of the self-declared Islamic State have killed some 146 people in a house-to-house massacre of civilians in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a conflict monitoring group says, calling it the second-worse such mass killing by the Islamist extremists since last year.

NPR's Deborah Amos, reporting from southern Turkey, says the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has spoken to witnesses who reported the shooting spree.

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