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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2:52pm

Wed May 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Author Farley Mowat, Who Wrote 'Never Cry Wolf,' Dies At 92

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 6:45 am

Farley Mowat arrives on the Red Carpet outside the Canon Theatre during the 2010 Canada Walk of Fame Tribute in downtown Toronto, Ontario, in October 2010. Mowat died Tuesday at age 92.
Heinz Ruckemann UPI/Landov

Farley Mowat, the Canadian author of the nature classic Never Cry Wolf, has died at age 92, Canadian media report.

The Star quotes Mowat's brother, John, as saying the acclaimed writer and environmentalist died Tuesday, just a few days shy of his 93rd birthday.

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7:00pm

Mon May 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Vatican Tells U.N. Committee That Abuse Claims Have Dropped

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:40 pm

Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi appears before the U.N. committee in Geneva on Monday.
Salvatore Di Nolfi EPA/Landov

A United Nations committee on Monday grilled a Vatican representative about priest sex abuse and compared the impact of the scandal to torture.

But Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's top envoy in Geneva, said the Vatican leadership had improved its handling of abuse in the decade since the scandal exploded.

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4:49pm

Mon May 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Failure Of Steel D-Ring May Have Caused Circus Accident

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 6:04 pm

The failure of a 5-inch steel D-ring known as a carabiner may have been the cause of an accident over the weekend that injured nine members of a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey acrobatic troop.

"It was a single piece of equipment that failed," Providence, R.I., fire investigator Paul Doughty told reporters.

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4:05pm

Mon May 5, 2014
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Boats Carrying Migrants Capsize Off Greece; At Least 22 Dead

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:09 pm

A handout photo provided by the Hellenic coast guard shows local fishermen examining a yacht that sank off the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece, on Monday.
Hellenic coast guard EPA/Landov

At least 22 people, including four children, are dead after two small boats carrying illegal migrants capsized off the Greek coast in the eastern Aegean Sea.

Joanna Kakissis, reporting for NPR from Athens, says survivors told the Hellenic coast guard that as many as 65 people were on the two smuggling boats — a 30-foot yacht and a 6-foot dinghy.

Rescue teams managed to save 36 people after the boats started sinking early Monday and were still searching for the seven others thought to be missing.

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1:21pm

Fri May 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:22 pm

Contestants compete in a rock-paper-scissors tournament in Gainesville, Fla., in 2012. A new study indicates it's not as random as it seems.
Matt Stamey Gainesville Sun/Landov

The child's game rock-paper-scissors is designed for a random outcome in which no player has an advantage over any other.

While that might be true based solely on random probability, it ignores the way humans actually play the game, according to a new study published by Cornell University.

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12:25pm

Fri May 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Landslide In Afghanistan Reportedly Leaves Hundreds Missing

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:24 pm

Days of heavy rains have triggered a landslide in Afghanistan's northeastern Badakhshan province, smashing through a mountain village and leaving hundreds of people missing.

"At least 400 to 500 people are still under a huge landslide, and they are all believed to be dead. This number may increase," Col. Abdul Qadeer Sayad, a deputy police chief of Badakhshan province, told Reuters.

Ari Gaitanis, a United Nations spokesman, put the toll at 350 dead following the slide that buried the village of Hobo Barik.

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10:06am

Fri May 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Marijuana Banking Bill Is Snuffed Out In Colorado

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:47 pm

Partygoers listen to live music and smoke pot on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, last month. While the sale of marijuana is legal in the state, a legal finance mechanism is still in doubt.
Brennan Linsley AP

It's OK to sell pot in Colorado, but there's still nowhere but the mattress to legally stash the proceeds.

That's the continuing problem for legal marijuana dealers in the state, who are caught between the state's legalization of cannabis and federal laws that still classify it as a controlled substance.

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8:41am

Fri May 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Unemployment Drops To 6.3 Percent, Lowest In 5 Years

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 12:06 pm

Job seekers sign in before meeting prospective employers during a January career fair at a hotel in Dallas.
LM Otero AP
This post has been updated.

The nation's economy added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, far more than forecast, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, its lowest level in five years, according to the Labor Department.

The rate, which is the lowest since September 2008, was down from 6.7 percent in March.

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7:58am

Fri May 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Toll Rises From Deadly Car Bomb In Nigerian Capital

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 6:25 pm

A destroyed car is seen at the blast site in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, on Thursday. The death toll rose to 19 on Friday.
Ikechukwu Ibe Xinhua/Landov

The death toll from a car bomb in Nigeria's capital — the second in a month — has risen to 19, officials said Friday. The attack occurred days before the city is set to host a major international conference.

The explosion Thursday on a busy street in Abuja occurred near a bus station where 70 people were killed in an April 14 bombing, Reuters says. The Islamic extremist terrorist network Boko Haram claimed responsibility for last month's attack.

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7:08am

Fri May 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Separatists In The East

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:12 pm

Ukrainian soldiers stay near a checkpoint they seized not far from Slovyansk, Ukraine, on Friday. Ukrainian officials say two helicopters were shot down during an "anti-terror" operation against pro-Russia separatists.
Roman Pilipey EPA/Landov

Ukrainian forces have launched what appears to be a major operation to rout pro-Russia forces from occupied government buildings in the country's east. Two helicopters were shot down by separatists, killing the pilots, both sides report.

The move is being described by Ukraine as an "anti-terror" operation in the Slovyansk-Kramatorsk region.

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1:25pm

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

55 Colleges, Universities Under Investigation For Abuse Claims

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 4:26 pm

People tour the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., in 2012. Harvard was one of 55 institutions on the Education Department's newly released list.
Elise Amendola AP

The Department of Education has released a list of 55 colleges and universities facing investigation under Title IX for their handling of sexual abuse claims.

Releasing the list is described as an unprecedented move. NPR's Brian Naylor says the list "starts at Arizona State University and ends at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine."

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12:43pm

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Longtime 'Mad' Magazine Editor Dies At 88

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 2:40 pm

Editor Al Feldstein works on page layouts in his office at Mad magazine's New York headquarters in 1972. A poster with the iconic character Alfred E. Neuman hangs on the wall behind him.
Jerry Mosey AP

Al Feldstein, the man who turned Mad magazine into a must-read for teens of the baby boomer generation, has died at his home near Livingston, Mont. He was 88.

Feldstein, who died Tuesday, was editor of Mad for nearly 30 years until the mid-'80s, taking the magazine to a mass audience with its blend of political and cultural satire tuned to adolescent sensibilities.

Among other things, he turned the freckle-faced, gap-toothed and jug-eared Alfred E. Neuman character, with the "What, Me Worry?" catchphrase, into a staple of the magazine.

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10:42am

Thu May 1, 2014
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'Heartbreaking' Video Of Final Moments Aboard Korean Ferry

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 12:17 pm

Screen grab of video shot inside the sinking South Korean ferry.
Park Su-hyeon The New York Times

A cellphone video sent by a 17-year-old passenger in the final moments before a South Korean ferry capsized and sank on April 16, killing hundreds of people, has been released by the teenager's father.

The 15-minute video, shot by high school student Park Su-hyeon, gives a chilling glimpse of the last few minutes of the mostly teenage passengers as they begin to realize they may not escape with their lives. The video is edited and blurred to obscure the teens' faces. Park's father released the footage to to South Korean media this week.

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9:40am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine To Expel Russian Diplomat Reportedly Caught Taking Classified Info

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:08 am

Communist Party supporters carry red flags during their rally to mark International Labor Day in downtown Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Thursday. In recent weeks, pro-Russia separatists have seized key installations in several cities in eastern Ukraine.
Volodymyr Petrov EPA/Landov

Ukraine's government has ordered the expulsion of Russia's military attache, saying he had been caught red-handed receiving classified documents related to the country's cooperation with NATO.

The unnamed attache was taken into custody on Wednesday, has been declared persona non grata and will be thrown out of Ukraine, officials say.

"On April 30, he was caught red-handed receiving classified material from his source," said Maryna Ostapenko, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's security service, the SBU.

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9:02am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Sinn Fein Leader Questioned In 40-Year-Old Murder Case

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:05 pm

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams is in custody and being questioned in connection with a 1972 kidnapping and murder.
Peter Morrison AP

The leader of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, was in custody for a second day in Northern Ireland as police questioned him in connection with an IRA kidnapping and murder that occurred more than 40 years ago.

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