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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7:50am

Thu September 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Judge In Pistorius Trial Rules Out Murder

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:35 am

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius cries while the verdict is being read during his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday.
Kim Ludbrook/Pool EPA/Landov

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee Olympian accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, has been acquitted of the most serious charge of premeditated murder.

But South African Judge Thokozile Masipa has yet to announce her final verdict in the jury-less trial, although she has hinted that culpable homicide would be a "competent verdict."

As tears streamed down Pistorius' face, Masipa told the court in Pretoria that the athlete did not plan to kill Steenkamp on the night he fatally shot her through a closed bathroom door.

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7:22am

Thu September 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Opinion Pages Offer Support On Plan To Combat Islamic State

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 1:24 pm

President Obama delivers a prime-time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on Wednesday. He pledged to lead a broad coalition against the Islamic State insurgents and vowed to target the terrorist group with airstrikes "wherever they exist."
Saul Loeb DPA/Landov

President Obama's prime-time speech outlining his plan to broaden a U.S.-led offensive against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria prompted generally cautious support from the editorial pages of major newspapers across the country this morning.

As we reported last night, Obama told the nation: "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy."

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1:52pm

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Putin: Russia To Upgrade Nuclear Forces In Response To West

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the Life-giving Trinity church in Moscow, on Wednesday. Putin accused NATO of using the Ukraine crisis to "resuscitate itself."
RIA NOVOSTI Reuters/Landov

Vladmir Putin, whose annexation of Crimea and involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine have drawn plenty of comparisons in the West to his Cold War predecessors, is not going to calm any nerves with his latest pronouncement: Russia has begun development of new nuclear weapons.

Speaking at a Kremlin meeting on weapons modernization plans, Russia's president said the West had been "warned many times that we would have to take corresponding countermeasures to ensure our security" in light of U.S. missile defense plans.

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11:39am

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Britain's Cameron Pleads With Scots To Stay In U.K.

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 3:49 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a visit to Scottish Widows offices in Edinburgh, where he made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland part of the union.
Andrew Milligan PA Photos/Landov

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he'd be "heartbroken" if Scotland voted to separate from the United Kingdom in an upcoming referendum, calling on independence-minded Scots to look at the future consequences of separation.

"I would be heartbroken ... if this family of nations is torn apart," Cameron told an invited audience at the Edinburgh headquarters of the Scottish Widows insurance firm.

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9:47am

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Government To Drop Background Check Firm USIS

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 2:59 pm

Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents pertaining to U.S. electronic surveillance activities, was one of the federal workers vetted and cleared by USIS.
AP

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The Office of Personnel Management is severing its ties with a private contractor that provides many of the security background checks for the U.S. government after the company was hit by a cyberattack last month that compromised the files of thousands of federal workers.

The OPM said late Tuesday that "following a careful and comprehensive review," it had decided not to renew its contracts with Falls Church, Va.-based USIS.

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8:12am

Wed September 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukrainian President Offers Limited Autonomy For Rebellious Region

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, left, meets with government troops in the embattled town of Mariupol the country's restive Donetsk Region.
ITAR-TASS/Landov

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is offering greater autonomy to parts of the country's rebellious east in a bid to quell a months-long conflict with pro-Russia separatists, but he reiterated that there would be no concessions on sovereignty.

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7:24am

Wed September 10, 2014
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Kerry Seeks Iraq's Support On Move Against Islamic State

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 3:49 am

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday, ahead of a stop in Iraq. Kerry is hoping to nail down support for a U.S. plan to combat the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria.
Reuters/Landov

As President Obama prepares to address the nation to outline his plan for combating the spread of the Islamic State militant group, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraq for talks on the crisis with the newly installed government in Baghdad.

The president will deliver his televised speech at 9 p.m. ET. (Check back later for details on NPR's coverage of the speech.)

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1:42pm

Tue September 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Jose Padilla Gets 4 Years Added To His 2007 Sentence

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:14 pm

Jose Padilla is escorted by federal marshals near downtown Miami in 2006. Padilla was sentenced a second time by a federal judge on Tuesday, getting an additional four years for terrorism conspiracy charges.
J. Pat Carter AP

A federal court in Miami has added four years to a sentence handed down in 2007 for Jose Padilla, who was convicted of conspiracy and supporting al-Qaida.

The Associated Press says: "The new sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, who originally gave Padilla more than 17 years in prison. She also previously gave Padilla, a U.S. citizen and Muslim convert, credit for the more than three years he was held without charge as an enemy combatant at a South Carolina Navy brig."

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12:12pm

Tue September 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Canada Says It Has Found Ship From Doomed 1845 Arctic Expedition

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 8:31 pm

The Erebus and the Terror among icebergs, as illustrated in The Polar World by G. Hartwig in 1874. Sir John Franklin, British naval officer and arctic explorer, commanded the 1845 expedition of the ships to search for the Northwest Passage. All members of the expedition perished.
G. Hartwig/Universal History Archive Getty Images

One of two ships lost more than 160 years ago in an ill-fated expedition to the Northwest Passage led by British Capt. Sir John Franklin has been found by Canadian archaeologists, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today.

It could be the HMS Erebus or the HMS Terror — researchers aren't sure yet, but they believe one of the two appears in this sonar image:

"This is truly a historic moment for Canada," the prime minister said of the discovery.

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9:35am

Tue September 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Scientists Doubt That Meteor Caused Crater In Nicaragua

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:09 am

A handout picture provided by Nicaraguan Army on Monday shows the place where what was first reported as a meteorite fell close to International Airport Augusto Sandino, in Managua, Nicaragua.
Nicaraguan Army/ Handout EPA/Landov

We reported on Monday that a meteor, thought possibly to be a chunk of an Earth-passing asteroid, was the cause of a 40-foot crater outside the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital.

But astronomers and NASA scientists are now casting doubt on that possibility. The biggest mystery is that no one so far has reported seeing a flash of light in the sky that would be expected to accompany such a meteor strike.

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8:21am

Tue September 9, 2014
The Two-Way

4 Things To Know About Obama's Islamic State Strategy

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 5:27 pm

Updated at 5 p.m. ET

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7:04am

Tue September 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Dutch Investigators: MH17 Brought Down By 'High-Energy Objects'

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 3:29 pm

A pro-Russian rebel touches MH17 wreckage at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, in July.
Vadim Ghirda AP

An initial investigation by Dutch experts appears to support the long-held theory of what happened to MH17 over eastern Ukraine: The Malaysian airliner was brought down by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft."

Although the preliminary technical report by the Dutch Safety Board did not directly say the objects were surface-to-air missiles, it left little room to conclude otherwise.

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11:26am

Mon September 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Harvard To Get $350 Million Gift From Hong Kong Group

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 12:04 pm

Harvard is set to receive $350 million — its largest-ever single donation — from a foundation run by a wealthy Hong Kong family led by alumnus and longtime benefactor Gerald L. Chan.

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10:21am

Mon September 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Meteor Leaves 40-Foot Crater Near Managua's Airport

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 11:52 am

A photo released by the Nicaraguan army shows an impact crater made by a small meteorite in a wooded area near Managua's international airport and an air force base.
AP

Updated at 11:45 p.m. ET

There was an unexpected crash landing near the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital over the weekend, but luckily no one was hurt: A small meteor, thought to have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid, left a 40-foot-wide crater.

The meteorite — which experts say may have disintegrated on impact — smashed through a wooded area outside the airport in Managua, leaving a 16-foot-deep hole.

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9:08am

Mon September 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Arab League Chief Urges 'Confrontation' With Islamic State Militants

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 2:45 pm

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby (foreground) speaks to the head of the Syrian Coalition (second from right) during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday. Elaraby is urging the league's members to confront Islamic State extremists.
Amr Nabil AP

Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby is calling on the organization's members for a "comprehensive confrontation" of Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria in apparent support of U.S. plans to build a coalition to stop the militants.

Elaraby said a "clear and firm decision for a comprehensive confrontation" was needed to confront the "cancerous and terrorist" groups in the region.

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