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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5:39pm

Fri May 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm

In this June 2013 photo provided by National Geographic, diver Susan Bird, working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, brushes the Naia skull found at the site.
Paul Nicklen AP

The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.

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4:10pm

Fri May 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Watergate Conspirator Jeb Stuart Magruder Dies At 79

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:41 pm

Jeb Stuart Magruder, then a Presbyterian minister, in 1995. Magruder, a top Nixon campaign official who went to prison for his role in Watergate, died on Sunday in Danbury, Conn.
Breck Smither AP

Jeb Stuart Magruder, a former Nixon campaign official who pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in the Watergate break in and coverup, has died at 79.

Magruder, who became a Presbyterian minister after serving seven months in federal prison over the Watergate affair, died on Sunday of complications from a stroke, according to a death notice published by a Connecticut funeral home.

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2:59pm

Fri May 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Top VA Health Official Resigns Amid Scandal Over Treatment Delays

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:49 pm

Veterans Affairs Undersecretary Robert Petzel testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill. Petzel tendered his resignation from the VA on Friday.
Cliff Owen AP

This post was updated at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki says he has accepted the resignation of the department's undersecretary for health, a day after both men testified before Congress about a growing controversy over delays in treatment.

"Today, I accepted the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs," Shinseki said in a statement cited by Reuters.

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2:25pm

Fri May 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Separatists Abandon Government Buildings In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:04 pm

Workers of the Ukrainian company Metinvest clear away debris in a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Friday. Local patrols by steelworkers have forced pro-Russia separatists to retreat from the government buildings they occupied.
Evgeniy Maloletka AP

Patrols carried out by miners and steelworkers have forced pro-Russian separatists to abandon government buildings in parts of eastern Ukraine after some regions declared independence earlier this week.

The Washington Post reports:

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6:31pm

Thu May 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Why Jupiter's Red Spot Isn't As Great As It Used To Be

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:42 pm

NASA images showing Jupiter's gradually shrinking Great Red Spot.
Hubble Space Telescope NASA

Jupiter's Great Red Spot might be, quite literally, the perfect storm: It's a swirling, anti-cyclonic vortex that's big enough to engulf three Earths and has been raging in the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planet for at least 400 years.

Even in a backyard telescope, the Great Red Spot shows up as easily the planet's most prominent feature, sporting "a conspicuous deep red eye embedded in swirling layers of pale yellow, orange and white," as NASA describes it.

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4:37pm

Thu May 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Those California Wildfires Viewed From Space

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:12 pm

An image shot by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on Wednesday. It shows multiple wildfires in Calif. trailing smoke into the Pacific Ocean.
Lynn Jenner NASA/Goddard

Multiple wildfires in California, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds and scorching temperatures, are so massive that they can easily be seen from space.

As NPR's Alan Greenblatt reports, the fires have affected thousands of acres and put lives and property in jeopardy.

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4:08pm

Thu May 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Gay Marriages Cleared In Arkansas, But On Hold In Idaho

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 5:51 pm

More legal wrangling over gay marriage in two states on Thursday:

In Arkansas, Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza expanded the ruling he issued last week striking down a ban on gay marriage to also eliminate a separate law that prohibited clerks from issuing such marriage licenses.

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2:46pm

Thu May 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Chinese Nationals Flee Vietnam As Unrest Intensifies

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 6:09 pm

Chinese nationals stand by their belongings after crossing to Cambodia from Vietnam at the Bavet international checkpoint in Svay Rieng province, on Thursday. Hundreds of Chinese are fleeing the country as unrest escalates.
Samrang Pring Reuters/Landov

A second day of violence in Vietnam has seen mobs singling out Chinese workers for attack, killing at least one and injuring dozens, as hundreds of Chinese nationals fled the country by land and air. A major foreign-owned steel operation was set ablaze in the country's north.

The unrest has been sparked by China's efforts to deploy an oil platform in disputed waters in the South China Sea, putting tensions on boil and spreading fear of a possible conflict between the neighboring countries that fought a brief border war in 1979.

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5:52pm

Wed May 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Wildfires In Southern California Consume Thousands Of Acres

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:26 am

A helicopter attacks a wildfire burning in the north county of San Diego on Tuesday.
AP
This post was updated at 11:45 p.m. ET.

Thousands of residents in Southern California were fleeing their homes after being told by authorities to evacuate as nine wind-swept wildfires raged in the region.

In a news conference Wednesday night, officials said they were particularly concerned about the San Marcos fire, where more than 9,000 acres had burned.

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4:52pm

Wed May 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Tropical Storms Hitting Peak Strength Nearer Poles, Study Says

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:29 pm

A NOAA image taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency in September shows Typhoon Usagi. A new study says that such tropical cyclones are reaching peak intensity farther away from the equator.
NOAA/JMA AP

Tropical storms are migrating out of the tropics, reaching their peak intensity in higher latitudes, where larger populations are concentrated, a new NOAA-led study published in the journal Nature says.

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3:15pm

Wed May 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Unrest Breaks Out In Vietnam Over Island Dispute With China

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:34 pm

A Taiwanese bicycle factory in Ho Chi Minh City burns after mobs angered over Chinese moves in the South China Sea mistakenly targeted the facility, thinking it was Chinese owned.
Jeff Nesmith AP

Mobs in southern Vietnam — angered by China's placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters — have torched scores of foreign-owned factories. Meanwhile, Beijing has reportedly begun construction on an airstrip in an island chain also claimed by the Philippines.

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7:09pm

Tue May 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Longtime Congressman John Conyers Off Primary Ballot

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 10:00 am

Michigan Rep. John Conyers on Capitol Hill last year. A local election official in Detroit says Conyers doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the August primary ballot.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the U.S. House for nearly five decades, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot, a local election official says.

Quinn Klinefelter of member station WDET reports:

"Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett found that some campaign workers who gathered petition signatures to place Conyers on the primary ballot were not registered voters.

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6:09pm

Tue May 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:51 pm

Screen grab from astronaut Chris Hadfield's rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" — performed on the International Space Station.
Chris Hadfield YouTube

Some of you might remember the music video rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shot aboard the International Space Station. That was a year ago, and the YouTube video he made, which is now approaching 23 million views, is set to come down Tuesday as the licensing agreement on the iconic song expires.

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4:18pm

Tue May 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Russia Aborts Rocket Engine Sales, GPS Cooperation With U.S.

Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket lifts off at Wallops Island, Va., in April of last year. The Antares uses a pair of Russian-made NK-33 rocket engines that Moscow says it will stop supplying for military launches.
Steve Helber AP

In a tit-for-tat sanctions dispute over the situation in Ukraine, a top Russian official said Tuesday that Moscow would stop supplying the U.S. with rocket engines used in military satellite launches and suspend operation of GPS ground stations in Russian territory.

The moves come after Washington banned some high-tech equipment sales to Russia as part of sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea.

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2:53pm

Tue May 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Australian Government Plans To Slash Budget, Raise Taxes

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 5:42 pm

Australia's Finance Minister Mathias Cormann (right) speaks at a news conference as Treasurer Joe Hockey looks on in Canberra on Tuesday.
Madeleine Coorey AFP/Getty Images

Australia's conservative government says it wants to effect radical spending cuts and tax increases aimed at nearly halving the fiscal deficit by 2016.

In a speech to Parliament, Treasurer Joe Hockney said Tuesday that "the age of entitlement is over."

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