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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9:44am

Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Nigerian Rebels Reportedly Contact Pirates Who Seized U.S. Crew

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:43 am

A 2008 photo of the offshore supply ship C-Retriever.
Christian Serrano Courtesy of ShipSpotting.com

Rebels in Nigeria are reportedly in contact with pirates holding two U.S. crewmen seized earlier this week from the offshore supply vessel C-Retriever, The Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, an email reportedly from the rebel group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says the men were captured off the coast of the Nigerian town of Brass, but there were no details of demands or a ransom.

Officials have said the captain and an engineer from the U.S.-flagged vessel were seized during an attack in the Gulf of Guinea on Wednesday.

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7:34am

Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Norway Says It Can't Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:41 am

A convoy of United Nations vehicles at the Lebanon-Syria Masnaa border crossing on Oct. 1 as a chemical weapons disarmament team awaited entry into Syria.
AFP/Getty Images

Norway has turned down a U.S. request to take on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, saying it lacks the capabilities to carry out the task.

The country's foreign ministry said it had given "serious and thorough consideration" to the U.S. query but that "due to time constraints and external factors, such as capacities, [and] regulatory requirements," Norway would be unable to fulfill the request.

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6:59am

Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

France, Germany Want To Set New Rules For Surveillance

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:52 am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) talks with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on the second day of an European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday.
John Thys AFP/Getty Images

This post was updated at 10:15 a.m.

A day after reports surfaced that the NSA may have spied on dozens of world leaders, France and Germany are offering to hold talks with the U.S. to establish new rules on surveillance.

"What is at stake is preserving our relations with the United States," French President Francois Hollande said at an EU summit in Brussels, according to The Associated Press.

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6:49pm

Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Bank Of America Liable For Fraud In Countrywide Mortgages

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:59 pm

The Countrywide Banking and Home Loans office in Glendale, Calif., in an April 2007 photo.
Damian Dovarganes AP

A Manhattan jury has held Bank of America liable for fraud related to bad loans its Countrywide Financial Corp. unit sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as the housing market soured.

The verdict was returned on Wednesday after several hours of deliberation in a month-long trial that focused on loans Countrywide completed in 2007 and 2008, as the housing crisis was already underway. Countrywide was acquired by Bank of America in 2008.

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4:45pm

Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Ex-Navy Carrier USS Forrestal Sold For 1 Cent

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:45 pm

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Forrestal departs Newport, R.I., for a three-day cruise to Philadelphia in 2010.
MCCS Melissa F. Weatherspoon U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy's first "supercarrier" is being sold for just 1 cent to a ship breaker.

The USS Forrestal, launched in 1954 and decommissioned in 1993, is the first of three conventional (non-nuclear) carriers due to be scrapped in the coming years. The Forrestal is best known for a devastating fire in 1967 that engulfed the ship's flight deck, killing 134 sailors and wounding 161 others.

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1:07pm

Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Paper Makes Unprecedented Plea For Reporter's Release

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:55 pm

A woman reads the New Express newspaper with Wednesday's headline: "Please Release Him."
AFP/Getty Images

"Please Release Him."

That was the simple but startling front-page headline on Wednesday in New Express, a cutting-edge newspaper based in China's southern city of Guangzhou. "Him" is Chen Yongzhou, one of the paper's investigative journalists who New Express says was taken away by police after reporting "problems with the accounts" at Zoomlion Heavy Industries."

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12:05pm

Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Iran Minister: Man Who Survived Hanging Shouldn't Be Executed

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:23 pm

A blindfolded man convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and the slaying of two policemen awaits execution in Tehran in 2011.
Mohammad Hadi Khosravi AP

Iran's justice minister says a convicted drug smuggler who survived an attempted execution by hanging earlier this month shouldn't go back to the gallows.

As we reported last week, the 37-year-old man, identified as Alireza M, was found alive in the morgue by his family following a 12-minute hanging. After the incident, an Iranian judge reportedly said Alireza would hang again once he had recovered from the botched execution.

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4:27pm

Tue October 22, 2013
The Two-Way

In Cost-Cutting Move, NOAA To Stop Printing Nautical Charts

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:21 am

This undated photo made available by NOAA shows a computer displaying an electronic nautical chart aboard a ship.
AP

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency charged with surveying the nation's navigable waters to help keep mariners off the rocks and out of the shallows, will cease printing paper charts after mid-April.

Partly as a cost-saving measure, the NOAA's Office of Coast Survey will offer charts only via on-demand printing, as PDFs or electronic charts.

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1:46pm

Tue October 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Former House Aide Lorraine Miller Named Interim NAACP Chief

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:25 pm

Clerk of the House Lorraine Miller discusses legislation with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a 2007 signing ceremony.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The NAACP has selected Lorraine Miller, a former clerk at the House of Representatives, to the post of interim president and CEO to replace Benjamin Jealous.

The organization, the nation's largest and oldest civil rights group, made the announcement of Miller's appointment at its board meeting over the weekend.

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11:32am

Tue October 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Teacher Who Died Trying To End Shooting Remembered As A Hero

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 12:46 pm

A Sparks Middle School student cries with family members after a fellow student killed a math teacher and himself Monday in Sparks, Nev.
Kevin Clifford AP

Michael Landsberry, the 45-year-old middle school math teacher and Afghan War veteran who was killed Monday trying to talk down a student shooter at a Nevada middle school, is being remembered as a hero.

Witnesses at Sparks Middle School in the city of Sparks, near Reno, described how Landsberry approached the armed 13-year-old boy and tried to get him to surrender a semi-automatic pistol he had used to shoot two fellow students. The boy then turned the weapon on Landsberry, fatally shooting him, before using the pistol to take his own life.

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3:49pm

Mon October 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Woman Who Nearly Fainted During President's Speech: 'I'm OK'

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 5:29 pm

Karmel Allison, in red dress, stands behind President Obama as he gives a speech Monday. Later, she almost fainted, briefly interrupting the address.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

A woman who nearly fainted, briefly interrupting President Obama as he spoke at the White House on Monday, says she's "OK ... just a little lightheaded."

Karmel Allison, who is pregnant and reportedly has Type 1 diabetes, stood behind the president as he spoke about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

At one point during Obama's speech, Allison can be seen closing her eyes and looking a bit unstable. Suddenly, she begins wobbling.

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1:30pm

Mon October 21, 2013
The Two-Way

2 Dead, 2 Wounded In Nevada School Shooting

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 7:05 pm

A Sparks Middle School student cries after Monday's shooting in Sparks, Nev.
Kevin Clifford AP

A staff member at a Nevada middle school was fatally shot by a student, who was also killed, apparently by a self-inflicted wound. Two other students, both 12-years-old — were wounded but are now in stable condition, law enforcement says.

The shooting occurred on the campus of Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev., a suburb of Reno on Monday before the start of classes.

A witness reports seeing the staff member who was killed trying to persuade the shooter to give up the gun.

The wounded students were being treated at a local hospital, officials said.

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12:12pm

Mon October 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Indian Police: Crew Member From Detained U.S. Ship Tried Suicide

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 3:22 pm

The MV Seaman Guard Ohio, owned by a U.S.-based security firm, was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard off the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.
STRDEL AFP/Getty Images

A member of a U.S.-owned ship whose crew was arrested by Indian authorities earlier this month for allegedly carrying a "huge cache" of illegal arms, has tried to commit suicide in his jail cell, police say.

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11:18am

Mon October 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Facebook Users Don't 'Like' This: Status Update Error Messages

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 11:51 am

Facebook

If you tried to post a status update on Facebook or "like" someone else's Monday morning, you probably got a message like this:

"There was a problem updating your status. Please try again later."

You are not alone. The Miami Herald reports:

"Facebook users are reporting trouble logging in and posting updates Monday morning.

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1:08pm

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

India Arrests Crew Of U.S. Ship For Carrying Weapons

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:56 pm

Indian policemen escort crew members of a U.S.-owned ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio outside a court in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on Friday.
AP

The crew of a U.S.-owned ship has been arrested at a port in India for allegedly trying to enter territorial waters illegally carrying what's been described as a "huge cache" of weapons.

The 35 crew members on MV Seaman Guard Ohio, owned by Washington, D.C.-based AdvanFort, were detained on Saturday by the Indian Coast Guard. The vessel is currently at anchor in the port of Tuticorin in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.

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