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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12:51pm

Thu April 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Chinese TV Star Apologizes For Remarks Critical Of Mao

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:05 pm

Bi Fujian, an anchor of China Central Television (CCTV), speaks during a news conference in Beijing, in 2013. Bi has publicly apologized for remarks he made at a private dinner that were critical of the late communist leader Mao Zedong.
China Stringer Network Reuters/Landov

A Chinese television star made a public apology after controversial remarks he made that were critical of communist revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.

Bi Fujian, a regular presenter on state-run CCTV and the host of its annual New Year's variety show — the most-watched television program in the world, according to the BBC — says he's sorry for his actions.

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9:15am

Thu April 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Founder Of Indian IT Giant Satyam Gets 7 Years For Fraud

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:33 pm

Ramalinga Raju, founder and former chairman of fraud-hit Satyam Computer Services, is escorted from a court in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad in April 2009. Raju and nine other defendants have been convicted of fraud and conspiracy.
Krishnendu Halder Reuters/Landov

In one of India's largest-ever cases of corporate fraud, the founder and chairman of failed outsourcing giant Satyam Computer Services and nine other defendants have been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of stealing millions from shareholders.

An Indian court in the country's tech hub, Hyderabad, ruled Thursday that B. Ramalinga Raju, his two brothers and seven other officials of Satyam — which collapsed in 2009 — used forged documents and fake bank accounts in a scheme that cost the company's shareholders $2.28 billion.

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2:55pm

Sun April 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Netanyahu: 'I'm Not Trying To Kill Any Deal' With Iran

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 5:36 pm

A photo released by Government Press Office shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he delivers a statement on April 3 "strongly opposing" the framework deal.
Kobi Gideon AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the U.S. to seek a better agreement with Iran over its nuclear weapons program, insisting that he's not trying to kill any deal, just "a bad deal."

Netanyahu, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, argued that the current plan "leaves the preeminent terrorist state of our time with a vast nuclear infrastructure."

He lamented that "not one centrifuge is destroyed" under the agreement.

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9:07am

Sun April 5, 2015
The Two-Way

In Easter Address, Pope Condemns Violence Against Christians

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 10:01 am

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Sunday.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Pope Francis, in his annual Urbi et Orbi ("To the City [Rome] and to the World") Easter address at St. Peter's Basilica, praised the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program and expressed concern about bloodshed in Africa and the Middle East.

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8:15am

Sun April 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Kenyans Mourn Dead From Al-Shabab Attack

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 9:57 am

Kenyan Christians pray as they join a morning service at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.
Sayyid Azim AP

Many Kenyans are spending Easter Sunday mourning the 148 people killed in an attack by al-Shabab gunmen on a university campus last week, amid reports that the son of a senior government official was among the assailants.

The gunman in question – one of four killed during the siege at Garissa College – was Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, the son of the local chief in Mandera County, The Associated Press and the BBC report.

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4:28pm

Sat April 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Palestinian Camp In Syria Reportedly Seized By Extremist Fighters

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 5:40 pm

A photo taken in January 2014 and released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria.
AP

Updated at 5:35 p.m. EDT

Islamic State militants and al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate appear to have worked together earlier this week to seize a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that ISIS and al-Nusra Front gained control of about 90 percent of the Yarmouk refugee camp after an assault on Wednesday. A Palestinian official says today that civilians were fleeing the camp amid clashes between the extremist groups and Palestinian armed factions.

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1:33pm

Sat April 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Owner Of 'Revenge Porn' Site Sentenced To 18 Years In Jail

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 9:50 am

A man in San Diego who ran a so-called "revenge porn" site that charged hundreds of dollars to remove anonymously posted nude photos has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after his conviction on 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion.

Kevin Bollaert, 28, ran the sites UGotPosted.com and ChangeMyReputation.com.

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12:54pm

Sat April 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Tribal Fighters Lay Siege To Al-Qaida In Coastal Town

Yemeni boys display shrapnel they collected from the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen, on Saturday.
Hani Mohammed AP

A coalition of tribal fighters riding in pickup trucks have entered Yemen's coastal city of Mukalla in an effort to displace al-Qaida militiamen who seized the Gulf of Aden town just two days before.

Reuters reports:

"The fighters are part of a tribal alliance in the eastern Hadramawt province which has pledged to restore security after the militants seized Mukalla on Thursday and ransacked buildings, broke into banks and freed prisoners.

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10:38am

Sat April 4, 2015
The Two-Way

In Kentucky, Rescuers Scramble To Reach People Trapped By Flash Floods

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 10:50 am

Simone Wester and her 7-month old son Jeremiah walk through the flood waters outside her apartment building at the Guardian Court Apartments in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Rescuers in north and central Kentucky were trying to reach people trapped by a sudden flash flood that followed torrential downpours on Thursday and Friday.

In Lee County, about 50 miles southeast of Lexington, authorities were searching for a mother and daughter swept away as rescue workers were trying to reach them, The Associated Press reports. It was one of about 160 rescues prompted by the heavy rainfall, the AP says.

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9:33am

Sat April 4, 2015
The Two-Way

5 Arrested In Kenyan Attack As Al-Shabab Promises 'Bloodbath'

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 1:51 pm

A woman cries after she viewed the body of a relative killed in Thursday's attack on a university, at Chiromo funeral home, in Nairobi.
Sayyid Azim AP

Kenyan officials say that five suspects have been arrested in connection with this week's attack by al-Shabab militants on a university in the country's east, killing 148 people, as the Islamist extremist group warned that more bloodshed is forthcoming.

Kenya's internal security minister says some of the suspects were captured while trying to flee to neighboring Somalia, where the al-Shabab movement is based.

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8:25am

Sat April 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Brief Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers

The Blood Moon, created by the full moon passing into the shadow of the earth during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Monterey Park, Calif.
Nick Ut AP

Early risers (very early on the U.S. West Coast) who had clear skies might have caught a view of today's lunar eclipse — the third in a cycle of four that had its premiere nearly a year ago.

Those of us on the East Coast (this writer included) got to see a partial eclipse before the moon set in the west.

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4:20pm

Fri April 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Get Ready For The Third Installment In The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad

The moon exhibits a deep orange glow as the Earth casts its shadow in a total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines, before dawn Thursday in a June 2011 eclipse.
Bullit Marquez AP

North Americans could get a glimpse of the Earth shadowing the moon (very) early Saturday — the third in a series of four lunar eclipses that began nearly a year ago. But only those on the West Coast, in the Pacific or Asia will have a chance at seeing the full show.

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1:32pm

Fri April 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Mixed Reaction To Changes In States 'Religious Freedom' Bills

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 1:39 pm

Many politicians and businesses have expressed satisfaction with changes made to the language of "religious freedom" measures in Indiana and Arkansas aimed at preventing them from being used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Others see the compromise language as a watering down or worse — a sellout. And a few said the changes didn't go far enough.

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9:09am

Fri April 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Economy Adds A Disappointing 126,000 Jobs In March

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 2:05 pm

Seattle Police Detective Kevin Nelson (left) talks with U.S. Army soldiers at an October job fair at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., for soldiers who may exit military service in the next year.
Ted S. Warren AP

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy gained just 126,000 jobs in March, a figure well short of economists' expectations and the weakest growth since December 2013, the Labor Department reports. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent.

The consensus among economic forecasters had been for 245,000 new jobs, which would have continued a 200,000+ monthly streak that has been the longest such spurt of job growth since the early 1990s. Over the last year alone, the U.S. economy has added 3 million jobs.

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9:06am

Fri April 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Sailor, Missing For 66 Days, Rescued Off Cape Hatteras By Passing Ship

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 11:28 am

Louis Jordan (right), walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, on Thursday. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, S.C., on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since.
Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot AP

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

In late January, Louis Jordan sailed away from the South Carolina coast aboard his 35-foot sailboat. More than two months later, almost given up for dead, he was rescued 200 miles off Cape Hatteras.

In 66 days at sea, Jordan survived by catching fish and drinking rainwater, he told his rescuers after being spotted by and taken aboard the German-flagged container ship Houston Express.

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