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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10:49am

Sat July 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Greece's Ex-Finance Minister: Bailout Reforms Will 'Fail'

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis reacts during a parliamentary session in Athens, earlier this week. In an interview with the BBC, Varoufakis said reforms in exchange for new bailout money "will fail."
Christian Hartmann Reuters/Landov

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was forced out of his job as part of a new bailout deal to keep Athens in the euro zone, tells the BBC that the austerity measures that come with the agreement are "going to fail."

The financial reforms, imposed in exchange for an 86 billion euro ($93.6 billion) lifeline will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever," Varoufakis tells the BBC.

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9:11am

Sat July 18, 2015
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Sailor Wounded In Chattanooga Attack Dies From Injuries

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:34 pm

Yusra Siddiqui, right, and Zoha Ahmad, who came with others from the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga to offer their support, pray during an interfaith vigil at Olivet Baptist Church held in remembrance of victims of Thursdays shootings.
Doug Strickland TNS/Landov

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. Navy has confirmed that a fifth service member has died of wounds sustained in this week's shooting rampage at two military sites in Chattanooga.

According to a statement released by the Navy Office of Information:

"A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m.

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8:13am

Sat July 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Scores Killed In Marketplace Bombing In Eastern Iraq

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 3:23 pm

Iraqi workers clean the site of a truck bomb attack that hit the area a day earlier at Khan bani Saad town, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday. At least 115 people were killed in what's described as the single deadliest such attack in the country in a decade.
EPA/Landov

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

In the deadliest single attack in a decade in Iraq, a truck bomb exploded at a crowded marketplace in eastern Diyala province, killing at least 115 people celebrating the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. The self-declared Islamic State reportedly has claimed responsibility.

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4:20pm

Fri July 17, 2015
The Two-Way

WATCH: Magnus Effect Whisks Basketball Into The Spin Zone

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 4:59 pm

Putting some spin on the ball.
Veritasium

What happens when you drop a regulation Spalding basketball from a 415-foot-high dam? It depends.

For a group from the trick basketball team How Ridiculous who sank a basket from atop the Gordon Dam in Tasmania, it meant landing a spot in the Guinness World Records book.

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3:10pm

Fri July 17, 2015
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NASA's New Pluto Images Point To Geologically Active World

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 3:26 pm

In the center left of Pluto's vast heart-shaped feature – informally named "Tombaugh Regio" — lies a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes.
NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Pluto looks to be a far cry from the dead body that many scientists had long presumed. As the New Horizons probe continues to report back from the fringes of the solar system, a word that Mr. Spock might have used sums up the reaction: fascinating.

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10:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
The Two-Way

A Year After MH17 Shot Down, Kremlin Rebuffs Call For Tribunal

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 3:45 pm

In Nieuwegein, Netherlands, on Friday, relatives and friends of victims gather in front of a "hedge of compassion" made of thousands of stuffed animals during a commemoration of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
Michael Kooren EPA/Landov

A year after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by what is widely believed to have been a rebel-operated, Russian made surface-to-air missile, ceremonies were held to remember the 298 people killed in the disaster.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has rebuffed calls for a United Nations tribunal to prosecute the suspects behind the July 17, 2014, downing of the Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

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8:33am

Fri July 17, 2015
The Two-Way

German Lawmakers Back Greek Bailout Plan

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:40 am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble talk during a special meeting of the German parliament over the proposed bailout package for Greece.
Wolfgang Kumm DPA/Landov

The German parliament has approved the latest bailout for Greece, voting overwhelmingly for the 86 billion euro ($93.65 billion) package aimed at keeping Athens in the eurozone.

Ahead of the vote in the Bundestag, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned lawmakers of "predictable chaos" if they failed to OK the deal. The final vote was 439 in favor, 119 opposed and 40 abstentions.

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7:15am

Mon July 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Scott Walker Sidles Into A Crowded GOP Presidential Field

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 6:24 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, hosted by the Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University's think tank, in Denver, last month. Walker is announcing a run for the White House, joining more than a dozen Republicans to enter the 2016 contest.
Brennan Linsley AP

Updated at 6:24 p.m. ET

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12:47pm

Sun July 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Djokovic Beats Federer To Hold On To Wimbledon Title

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 6:51 pm

Novak Djokovic celebrates his win over Roger Federer in the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Dominic Lipinski PA Photos/Landov

Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Wimbledon singles title against a concerted effort by Roger Federer, who was hoping for a record eighth Wimbledon title.

It is Djokovic's ninth Grand Slam title and third Wimbledon singles championship. He becomes only the eighth man to successfully defend that title.

Djokovic won the first set 7-6, and Federer leveled it in the second, 7-6. The third set was suspended for rain with a score of 3-2 for Djokovic. When play resumed, Djokovic closed out the set by winning it 6-4; he won the last set 6-3.

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12:42pm

Sun July 12, 2015
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How Close Is 'Close'? Iran And The West Inch Toward Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 7:02 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry walks on the terrace of Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks in Vienna, on Sunday.
Leohard Foeger Reuters/Landov

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

The Associated Press reports that negotiators are prepared to announce a historic nuclear deal with Iran on Monday, but the U.S. State Department and some Iranian diplomats are tamping down speculation.

The AP says: "The envoys said a provisional agreement may be reached even earlier — by late Sunday. But they cautioned that final details of the pact were still being worked out and a formal agreement must still be reviewed by leaders in the capitals of Iran and the six world powers at the talks."

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9:24am

Sun July 12, 2015
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Europe Struggles To Pull Together New Greek Bailout Plan

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 10:33 am

Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb (right) speaks with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a round table meeting of eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels on Sunday.
Virginia Mayo AP

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET

European creditors were still trying to forge a new deal with Athens to ward off a collapse of the Greek economy — the third bailout since 2010.

But European Union President Donald Tusk cancelled a meeting of 28 leaders, something NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says is "a very rare occurrence which ... highlights how far the sides are still apart but also suggests there won't be a Grexit worked out, at least not today."

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8:04am

Sun July 12, 2015
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Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Slips Out Of Prison ... Again

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 1:12 pm

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City after his capture last year. Mexico's security now say Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

For the second time in 15 years, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison — this time less than 18 months after his re-arrest and a pledge from authorities that he would not get out again.

Mexico's National Security Commission said in a statement that Guzman went to the showers shortly after 9 p.m. A later check of his cell found it empty.

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4:40pm

Sat July 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Eurozone Talks On Possible Greek Bailout Remain Inconclusive

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 6:40 pm

Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET

Eurozone finance ministers met Saturday to decide if they will bail Greece out for a third time since 2010, but the meetings wrapped up with no announced decision. The ministers remain skeptical that Athens would live up to the terms of any fresh agreement.

Talks are scheduled to resume Sunday.

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2:01pm

Sat July 11, 2015
The Two-Way

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack On Italian Consulate In Cairo

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 3:21 pm

Workers clear rubble at the site of a car bomb explosion near the Italian Consulate in downtown, Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday.
Thomas Hartwell AP

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

A purported affiliate of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb attack that seriously damaged the Italian Consulate in Cairo, killing one Egyptian.

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12:18pm

Sat July 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Roger Rees, Welsh-Born Stage, Screen And TV Actor, Dies At 71

Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who appeared on TV's "The West Wing" and was a mainstay on Broadway died Friday night. He was 71.
Jim Cooper AP

Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who got his start on the stage but also appeared in film and television shows such as Cheers and The West Wing, died Friday night in New York at age 71 after what his spokesman described as a "brief illness."

The Associated Press says Rees "had abruptly left The Visit on Broadway in late May to undergo a medical procedure."

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