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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5:17pm

Fri March 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg Will Be NATO's Next Secretary-General

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 7:29 pm

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg pauses during an address to the media in Oslo on Friday, after NATO ambassadors chose him to be the next head of the alliance.
NTB Scanpix Reuters/Landov

Jens Stoltenberg, a former prime minister of Norway, has been appointed to succeed Anders Fogh Rasmussen as NATO secretary-general, a post he will assume in October.

In an address in Oslo after he was selected by NATO ambassadors, Stoltenberg on Friday called the crisis over Ukraine "a brutal reminder of how important NATO is.

"I want to express my support that NATO does not accept the changing of borders by force within Europe," he said. "NATO has once again proven its relevance."

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4:21pm

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

U.N. General Assembly: 'No Validity' For Crimea Referendum

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:06 pm

A screen shows the vote of delegates in the General Assembly on a draft resolution on Ukraine at U.N. headquarters in New York on Thursday.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov

The U.N. General Assembly has approved a strong rebuke of Moscow, calling the referendum leading to the annexation of Crimea illegal by a substantial margin of members voting, despite Russia's lobbying against the resolution.

The "Draft Resolution on Territorial Integrity of Ukraine" passed with 100 countries voting for it, 11 opposed, 58 abstentions. Two dozen countries did not vote either because their representatives were not present or their dues to the world body had lapsed.

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3:25pm

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

9 Missile Commanders Fired, Others Disciplined In Air Force Scandal

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 4:16 pm

A mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
Robert Burns AP

The Air Force has announced the firing of nine midlevel nuclear missile commanders and the disciplining of dozens of junior officers involved in cheating on ICBM proficiency exams.

The measures come after an extensive investigation into a string of security lapses and failed safety inspections at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., where the cheating occurred.

The Associated Press reports:

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1:42pm

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

James Schlesinger, Who Held Cabinet Posts And Led CIA For 17 Weeks, Dies

Former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in December, 2006.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

James R. Schlesinger, who served three presidents from both parties in top Cabinet-level posts, has died at the age of 85. The Washington Post says he died Thursday at a hospital in Baltimore of complications from pneumonia.

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1:41pm

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Congress Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions On Russia

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:03 pm

The House and Senate approved $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine and sanctions on Moscow for Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Thursday's voice vote in the Senate and a 399-19 vote in the House for a different version of the bill came just hours after the International Monetary Fund pledged $18 billion in assistance for the former Soviet satellite.

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12:12pm

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

After Blocking Twitter, Turkey Moves To Stop YouTube

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 1:50 pm

A man tries to get connected to YouTube with his tablet at a cafe in Istanbul on Thursday.
Osman Orsal Reuters/Landov

Authorities in Turkey are reportedly going ahead with a ban on access to YouTube days after a similar move in the country to block Twitter.

The Turkish telecommunications authority TIB is quoted in Turkish state media as saying it has taken an "administrative measure" against YouTube.

The news follows earlier reports that a recording, allegedly of a meeting among top Turkish officials discussing military intervention in Syria, was posted on YouTube.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday lashed out against the post:

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11:57am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

German Man To Return Paintings From Cache Of Nazi-Looted Art

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 8:38 am

An obituary card with a portrait of German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt (1895-1956), the father of Cornelius Gurlitt, in a folder at the municipal archive in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Rolf Vennenbernd EPA/Landov

A German man who for years had hidden away art plundered by the Nazis during World War II has agreed to return the valuable works to their Jewish owners or their descendants, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Cornelius Gurlitt will start with returning Matisse's Seated Woman/Woman Sitting in Armchair to the descendants of Paul Rosenberg, who was a French art dealer whose descendants recognized the painting when details of the stash were made public in November.

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3:59pm

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Egypt's Defense Minister Says He Will Run For President

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:57 pm

Egypt's defense minister, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (center), attends a gala event at the Cairo Opera House earlier this month.
Ahmed Omar AP

The head of the Egyptian military, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, says that he has resigned as defense minister and will run for president in elections expected in July.

He made the announcement in a nationally televised speech.

The Associated Press reports:

"Wearing military fatigues, he said it was the last time he would wear it and that "I give up the uniform to defend the nation" and run in elections expected next month.

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11:19am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Convicted Of Conspiring To Kill Americans

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 6:58 pm

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appears in this still image taken from an undated video address for al-Qaida.
Reuters/Landov

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was found guilty Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans by serving as a spokesman for al-Qaida following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The verdict in Manhattan federal court ended a three-week trial in which Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, was portrayed as a reluctant operative who had no prior knowledge of the attacks.

The Kuwait-born Abu Ghaith, a onetime imam, faces life in prison.

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11:03am

Tue March 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Sailor Fatally Shot Aboard U.S. Navy Destroyer At Va. Base

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:23 pm

A 2004 photo of the USS Mahan, a guided missile destroyer, as it moves up the Hudson River in New York.
Ed Bailey AP

A sailor was fatally shot aboard a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer docked in the nation's largest naval base late Monday. Naval security forces then killed the civilian suspect.

A statement issued by the U.S. Naval Station Norfolk said the incident occurred about 11:20 p.m. aboard the USS Mahan (DDG 72).

"Naval Station Norfolk was briefly put on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown lasted approximately 45 minutes," the statement said. "No other injuries have been reported."

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9:42am

Tue March 25, 2014
The Two-Way

More Bodies Recovered From Washington State Mudslide

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:10 pm

The massive mudslide that killed more than a dozen people is shown in this aerial photo taken Monday near Arlington, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP

Updated at 9:55 p.m. EDT

Emergency workers recovered two more bodies in the search for survivors after the massive slide near Oso, Wash., bringing the official death toll to 16.

Up to eight more fatalities have been located but not recovered, which would put the total at 24, said Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots at a press conference Tuesday evening.

"We have found no signs of life," Hots said. "That's the disappointing part."

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8:25am

Tue March 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama: Russia Making 'Series Of Calculations' After Crimea

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 2:27 pm

President Obama, accompanied by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaks during their joint news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Tuesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

(This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. ET.)

President Obama on Tuesday said that he believed that Russia was "still making a series of calculations" regarding any further moves after its annexation of Crimea, but that there was no expectation of dislodging it by force from the Black Sea peninsula.

"What we can bring to bear are the legal arguments, the diplomatic arguments," he said at a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte following a nuclear security summit in The Hague.

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7:20am

Tue March 25, 2014
The Two-Way

White House To Propose Halting NSA Bulk Collection Of Phone Data

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 3:42 pm

The sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

President Obama is preparing to announce a plan to scrap the government's systematic collection of bulk phone records as part of a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's controversial electronic surveillance activities.

The New York Times, quoting senior administration officials, reports:

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7:14am

Tue March 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Bad Weather Suspends Search For Flight 370 In Indian Ocean

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:59 am

Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tearfully shouted slogans during a protest Tuesday in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing.
Kim Kyung-hoon Reuters/Landov

Angry relatives of passengers aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vented their anger at Malaysian officials Tuesday as rough weather in the southern Indian Ocean temporarily halted the search for wreckage from the airliner.

The BBC reports:

"In Beijing, relatives of passengers on board the plane released a statement accusing the Malaysian government of trying to 'delay, distort and hide the truth.'

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11:37am

Mon March 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Egyptian Court Sentences More Than 500 Morsi Supporters To Die

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:30 pm

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the killing of a police officer last year.
Mohammed Bendari APA Images/Landov

An Egyptian court has sentenced to death hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi after a mass trial on charges related to an attack that killed a policeman.

The verdicts and sentencing came of the 529 people came after just two sessions of the court, sparking criticism from human rights activists.

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