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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9:06am

Fri February 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Twin Cyclones Slam Australia's North Coasts

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 1:11 pm

The aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia in Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia, on Friday. The small town on the Capricorn Coast is bearing the brunt of the wild weather. Another cyclone has made landfall on the country's north coast.
Karin Calvert EPA/Landov

In what is being described as an unprecedented occurrence, Australia is getting slammed by two major cyclones at the same time.

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3:59pm

Sun February 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Suspect In Foiled Canadian Mall Shooting Left Social Media Trail

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 6:12 pm

Police say the Halifax Shopping Centre in Nova Scotia was the target of a thwarted attack.
Reuters/Landov

The Canadian man who police say was involved in a foiled mass shooting plot reportedly expressed admiration for the 1999 Columbine High School massacre online.

Although police have yet to confirm his identity, Canadian media identifies the man as 19-year-old James Gamble. Police say he committed suicide as they closed in on him for allegedly planning attack at a shopping mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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3:31pm

Sun February 15, 2015
The Two-Way

ISIS Video Purports To Show Mass Beheading Of Coptic Christians

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 11:08 pm

Egyptians protest on Friday what they characterize as Government inaction in reaction to the kidnapping of Copts in Libya, Cairo, on Friday.
Ahmed Masri/Almasry Alyou EPA/Landov

Updated at 11:10 p.m. ET

A video has emerged that purports to show militants of the self-declared Islamic State beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped last week in Libya.

Reuters reports: "In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded."

Reuters says a caption on the five-minute video reads: "The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church."

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11:14am

Sun February 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Commercial Drone Rules To Limit Their Weight, Speed And Altitude

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 3:59 pm

Drones are displayed at an event with the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Coalition, last month. The FAA's proposed new rules for their commercial use require certified pilots to fly them and limit their speed, altitude and area of operation.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

The Federal Aviation Administration has released long-awaited draft rules on the operation of pilotless drones, opening the nation's airspace to the commercial possibilities of the burgeoning technology, but not without restrictions.

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10:44am

Sun February 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Boehner Blames Democrats For Scuffle Over Homeland Security Funding

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 1:06 pm

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday.
Molly Riley AP

House Speaker John Boehner says he's prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security run out of money to push the Republican majority's efforts to reverse President Obama's immigration initiative.

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9:04am

Sun February 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Another Winter Storm Slams The Northeast

A woman walks with two dogs as snow falls on Boston Common in Boston, on Saturday.
Michael Dwyer AP

The fourth winter storm in the Northeast this year was adding to the 6 feet of snow already on the ground in some areas, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and near-white-out conditions.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference early today that snowfalls had already "significantly exceeded" expectations. Accumulation in the northern half of the state exceeded a foot in some places.

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8:24am

Sun February 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Sporadic Shelling Continues As Ukraine Truce Takes Effect

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 8:46 am

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride on a military vehicle not far from Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Sunday.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine appears to be largely holding — at least for the moment, defying skepticism that the second truce in six-months between government forces and Russian-backed separatists might immediately collapse.

The cease-fire went into effect at midnight Sunday (Saturday at 5 p.m. ET).

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3:00pm

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

WATCH: The Sun Like You've Never Seen It

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 4:11 pm

View of the Sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) NASA

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which keeps a 24/7 vigil on the sun, just released this spectacular video composite to mark five years since the spacecraft was launched.

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12:07pm

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Attack On Copenhagen Cafe Apparently Aimed At Cartoonist

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 11:20 pm

Damaged glass is seen at the site of a shooting in Copenhagen on Saturday. Shots were fired near a meeting in the Danish capital that was attended by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks.
Scanpix Denmark Reuters/Landov

Updates at 11:15 p.m. ET: One shooting victim dies

The Associated Press is reporting that one of the three shooting victims outside of the Copenhagen synagogue has died.

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET: A second shooting in Copenhagen

Danish police say gunfire near a Copenhagen synagogue left one person shot in the head and two police officers injured, Reuters reports.

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11:01am

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Canadian Police Say They've Foiled Would-Be Valentine's Day Massacre

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 1:49 pm

A duplex where a 19-year-old man was found dead is shown in Timberlea, Nova Scotia, on Friday. Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they foiled a plot to commit a mass shooting.
Reuters/Landov

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Police in Canada say they've foiled a Valentine's Day plot to carry out a mass shooting at a mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dan Karpenchuk, reporting from Toronto for NPR, reports that one person was found dead and three others taken into custody on Friday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in connection with the alleged plot, which authorities say was not related to Islamic terrorism. The suspects reportedly planned to kill as many people as possible before committing suicide.

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9:25am

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Another Blizzard Curls In From The Northeast

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 12:13 pm

In Boston, residents are bracing for another round of severe winter weather.
Bill Sikes AP

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

A winter storm that has already dumped up to 8 inches of snow in parts of Michigan is set to bring blizzard conditions to much of the Northeast this weekend.

According to The Weather Channel, brutal winds, bitterly cold temperatures and lots of snow along the Eastern Seaboard from Long Island to Maine. New York and Philadelphia are among the cities under winter weather advisories.

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8:16am

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Ukraine Truce Now In Effect. But Will It Hold?

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 7:18 pm

A Ukrainian military convoy stops on the road between the towns of Debaltseve and Artemivsk, Ukraine, on Saturday, hours before a cease-fire agreement is set to go into effect.
Petr David Josek AP

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET

Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists traded artillery fire today in the hours leading up to a cease-fire deal that went into effect at midnight (5 p.m. ET). A few seconds after the cease-fire officially began, Reuters reported, shelling abruptly stopped in the eastern city of Donetsk. A Russia Today correspondent in Donetsk called the region "eerily calm" after midnight.

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4:31pm

Fri February 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Bill To Allow Execution By Firing Squad Advances In Utah

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 7:49 pm

Utah's GOP-controlled House of Representatives narrowly approved a proposal to bring back the state's use of firing squads for executions, but the measure faces an uncertain reception in the Senate.

The 39-34 vote Friday came as missing lawmakers were rounded up to break a deadlock. The firing squad was discontinued in 2004.

The Associated Press says leaders in the Republican-controlled Senate won't say whether they will support the measure and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, also a Republican, has not said if he will sign it.

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3:41pm

Fri February 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Let Us Review North Korea's Glorious New Slogans!

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:39 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps as he reviews a mass military parade from a balcony in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2012.
Zhang Li AP

The latest crop of North Korean slogans to mark the country's 70th anniversary has just been released. Stand back as they "cascade down and their sweet aroma [fills] the air":

-- Thoroughly get rid of abuse of authority and bureaucratism!

-- Let us raise a strong wind of studying the great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism!

-- Fire an opening salvo of an ideological campaign and make our fire concentrated, regular and accurate!

You get the idea.

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11:24am

Fri February 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 12:31 pm

Vint Cerf in a photo from last year. Cerf is warning of a possible "digital Dark Ages" if the world's data isn't permanently preserved.
Andre Penner AP

What happens when today's high-tech data storage systems become tomorrow's floppy discs?

Google Vice President Vint Cerf is concerned about the answer and its implications for preserving history. Speaking at an annual conference of top American scientists, Cerf described such a loss of important information as a possible "digital Dark Ages."

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