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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2:12pm

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Massive Spire Lifted To Top Of New World Trade Center Building

The 408-foot spire was hoisted onto a temporary platform at the top of One World Trade Center on Thursday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Construction workers applauded Thursday as a crane raised the flag-draped spire of One World Trade Center to the top of the skyscraper.

When they install the spire at a later date, it will cap the structure at a symbolic 1,776 feet. The Port Authority says the spire, which acts as a fixture for various antennas, will bump the 104-story building to be the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, reports New Jersey's The Star-Ledger.

However, as the newspaper reports:

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11:17am

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

It's A 'Tale Of Two Popes' As Benedict Returns To Vatican

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 12:08 pm

The helicopter carrying Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lands at the Vatican on Thursday.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI moved back to the Vatican and his new retirement residence Thursday, where he will live side by side with the reigning pontiff, Pope Francis.

The arrangement makes history because Benedict, 86, is the first pope to voluntarily step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church in more than 700 years.

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9:40am

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Detained U.S. Citizen Gets 15 Years Hard Labor In North Korea

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 9:07 am

Passersby watch a local television broadcast in Seoul on Thursday showing a report on the sentencing of Kenneth Bae.
Kim Jae-hwan AFP/Getty Images

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET:

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell raised concerns about the lack of transparency in Kenneth Bae's trial and urged North Korea to him "amnesty and immediate release."

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that Ventrell wouldn't say whether the U.S. was considering sending a high-level envoy to Pyongyang as it has done in the past to win the release of U.S. citizens in North Korea.

Here's our original post:

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4:36pm

Wed May 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Justice: Prison Compassionate Release Programs Inconsistent

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 9:18 pm

Inmates file by a guard tower at California's Chino State Prison in 2010.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

"Compassionate release" programs that free inmates with terminal illnesses and limited life expectancies are poorly run and lack clear standards, the Department of Justice's inspector general said on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports:

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2:58pm

Wed May 1, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA Details Space Telescope's Cosmic Near Miss

This diagram shows Fermi and Cosmos 1805 on a collision course.
NASA

A new video reveals just how close NASA came last year to losing its $500 million Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in a narrowly averted collision with a defunct, Cold War-era Soviet spy satellite.

On March 29, 2012, Julie McEnery, the project scientist for Fermi, received an automatically generated email warning that the two satellites were due in just a few days to pass within 700 feet of one another as their respective orbits crossed.

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12:14pm

Wed May 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistani Army Chief Unhappy Over Treatment Of Musharraf

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 1:48 pm

Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, talks to media in northern Pakistan last year.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

The army chief in Pakistan, a country with a long history of military coups, has hinted that he's unhappy with the detention of former President and ex-General Pervez Musharraf.

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11:33am

Wed May 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Pew Study: Many Muslims Believe In Mixing Mosque And State

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:13 pm

Faithful in Bangladesh offer Friday prayers during a street protest in the capital, Dhaka, in March.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Most Muslims around the globe tend to be deeply committed to their faith and believe that it should shape not only their personal lives, but the societies they live in, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center (PDF).

Pew's face-to-face survey of more than 38,000 Muslims, including many in the United States, between 2008-12 produced a telling snapshot of attitudes and beliefs.

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10:15am

Wed May 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Don't Miss The Premiere Of The World's Smallest Movie

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 9:53 am

A still from A Boy and His Atom.
IBM
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If only there was an Oscar for "Smallest Movie," a group of IBM nanophysicists would be a shoo-in with their new one-minute stop-motion video starring 130 atoms.

A Boy and His Atom, which debuts Wednesday, has already been certified by the Guinness folks as the "world's smallest movie."

While it isn't exactly the most complicated story line — the nearly monochrome video features a boy, appropriately named Adam, who dances and plays with a toy atom — what's really amazing is how they did it.

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3:45pm

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

No More Politics For Pakistan's Musharraf, Court Orders

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 5:01 pm

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is escorted from a courtroom on April 20.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been banned for life from running for political office, a high court ruled on Tuesday.

The move by the Peshawar High Court appears to end the possibility that Musharraf, who returned to the country last month after four years in self-imposed exile, will stand in the May 11 parliamentary elections as he had hoped.

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3:16pm

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

NBA Player Jason Collins Could Snag Endorsements, Speaking Gigs

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 4:04 pm

Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards rebounds against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center earlier this month in Chicago.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

For Jason Collins, coming out just might prove a winning career strategy.

Before this week, the NBA center seemed like just another second-tier professional athlete, slouching toward retirement while still in his 30s. But all that changed overnight when Collins acknowledged he was gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine published Monday.

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3:06pm

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Cyprus Passes Tough Financial Bailout Package

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 3:25 pm

A Cypriot left-wing supporter sits in the shade during a protest outside the Parliament in Nicosia on Tuesday.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

Lawmakers in Cyprus approved a controversial $13 billion bailout from international lenders that's aimed at keeping the country from a messy default and withdrawal from the eurozone.

The agreement, which totals $30 billion when Cyprus' own contributions are included, passed 29-27 in the 56-seat Parliament.

The ruling center-right Democratic Rally party and its ally, the Democratic party, voted for the measure.

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10:18am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

New Arizona Law: Guns From Buybacks Can't Be Destroyed

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:38 am

Detective Enrique Chavez logs weapons from a gun buyback in Miami. Arizona's new law requires municipalities to re-sell weapons recovered in such programs.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Cities in Arizona that conduct buyback programs to get guns off the street will now be required to re-sell those weapons, according to a new law signed by the governor.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation late Monday "preventing local governments from melting down the weapons obtained from these popular civic events. Before the new law, the state had allowed such firearms to be destroyed," according to Reuters.

The news agency says:

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9:21am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Bombing In Syrian Capital Kills At Least 13 People

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:15 am

Syrian government security officers after a blast in the Marjeh district of Damascus on Tuesday.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Syrian state TV is reporting that a bomb blast in Damascus has killed at least 13 people, a day after the country's prime minister narrowly escaped a car bomb.

The Associated Press reports:

"The bombings appear to be part of an accelerated campaign by opposition forces seeking to topple President Bashar Assad to strike at his heavily protected seat of power. ...

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4:23pm

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Iceland Elects Three Pirate Party MPs

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:07 pm

Supporters of the German Pirate Party attend a meeting in Berlin in February.
Adam Berry Getty Images

Iceland has become the first country to elect members of parliament from the Pirate Party — an international online freedom movement.

Three Pirate Party MPs will take seats following historic polls in Iceland that saw a new coalition come to power on a promise of easing economic austerity measures.

According to The Associated Press:

"The conservative Independence Party and rural-based Progressive Party — who governed Iceland for decades before the 2008 [economic] crash — each had 19 seats in Iceland's 63-seat parliament, the Althingi. ...

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3:09pm

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Afghan President Says CIA Cash Payments Were Small And Legit

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 3:40 pm

Afghan President Hamid Karzai with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (center) and Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen on Monday.
Heikki Saukkomaa AFP/Getty Images

Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged on Monday that for the past decade or more, his office has been receiving secret cash payments from the CIA, but that it's only small amounts used for "operational" purposes.

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