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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4:09pm

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Navy Funding Development Of Giant Jellyfish Robot

We've already seen drones shaped like various animals, including humming birds and dogs. Next is one made to look (and swim) like a jellyfish.

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12:10pm

Fri March 29, 2013
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Commute From Earth To Space Station Just Got Shorter

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 2:09 pm

U.S. astronaut Chris Cassidy gestures before Thursday's launch of the Soyuz from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

Three astronauts have arrived at the International Space Station after being the first to try out a new "express" route that slashes their launch-to-docking commute from two days to just six hours.

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10:09am

Fri March 29, 2013
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Russia Calls On U.S., North Korea To Step Back From The Brink

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 2:08 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with top brass in a photo released by the state-run KCNA. The chart in the background reportedly reads "U.S. mainland strike plan".
KCNA Xinhua/Landov

Russia is urging the U.S. and North Korea to end an escalating cycle of dangerous provocations after Pyongyang put its missile forces on high alert and American stealth bombers flew practice bomb runs over the Korean Peninsula.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking Friday in Moscow, said the tit-for-tat moves were becoming a "vicious cycle" that could "simply get out of control," Reuters reports.

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11:24am

Thu March 28, 2013
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Residents Wait To Return Home After Landslide On Puget Sound Island

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:05 pm

Houses sit near the edge of a landslide on Whidbey Island on Wednesday.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Residents forced from their homes on Puget Sound's scenic Whidbey Island in Washington State are waiting for a green light from geologists and engineers after a large landslide knocked a house off its foundation and threatened to damage several others.

The landslide on the island, about 50 miles north of Seattle, measured about a quarter-mile wide and a half-mile deep, according to NBC News.

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10:39am

Thu March 28, 2013
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UPDATED: N. Korea Responds To U.S. Bomber Training Run Over Korean Peninsula

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:00 pm

A U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bomber flies near Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on Thursday.
Shin Young-keun AP

The U.S. military is making no secret about a training flight by a pair of nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers from a base in the American Midwest to the Korean Peninsula — what's being described as an "extended deterrence mission."

The flight of the two radar-evading bombers "demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will," the United States Forces Korea said in a press release Thursday.

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2:01pm

Wed March 27, 2013
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Arizona Gunman Acted Erratically Days Before Shooting, Documents Reveal

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:07 pm

Jared Loughner, the gunman responsible for the 2011 rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others, acted erratically in the days leading to the shooting but was quiet and otherwise polite with officers after his arrest, according to newly released documents.

Details from the investigation were made clear Wednesday after the Pima County Sheriff's Department released 2,700 pages of documents requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

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12:37pm

Wed March 27, 2013
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Raids In Russia On Foreign NGOs Spark International Concern

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 2:44 pm

The Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and several other NGOs have been searched in recent weeks by Russian prosecutors and tax inspectors, prompting concern over what is being viewed by some as a "concerted action" against the groups.

Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch was quoted Wednesday by The Associated Press as saying that officials from the prosecutor general's office and tax police were conducting an "unannounced audit" and demanding documents.

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9:10am

Wed March 27, 2013
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North Korea Cuts Hotline, Warns Of 'Simmering Nuclear War'

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:27 pm

North Korea cut a hotline with South Korea on on Wednesday and told the United Nations that conditions were ripe for a "simmering nuclear war" on the peninsula.

"Upon authorization of the Foreign Ministry, the DPRK [North Korea] openly informs the U.N. Security Council that the Korean Peninsula now has the conditions for a simmering nuclear war," a statement read. "This is because of [provocative] moves by the U.S. and South Korean puppets."

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5:21pm

Tue March 26, 2013
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China, Vietnam Clash Over Disputed Islands

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 5:23 pm

Aerial view of the city of Sansha on an island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China considers part of its territory.
STR AFP/Getty Images

China is once again at odds with a maritime neighbor over disputed islands, this time — as often — leading to a little shooting and a lot of posturing.

The latest confrontation is with Vietnam over the mostly uninhabited Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Hanoi has accused Beijing's forces of firing on a Vietnamese vessel engaged in fishing near the islands, which both sides claim.

Vietnam did not say if anyone was hurt in the incident that occurred last Wednesday, but it described the matter as "very serious."

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3:24pm

Tue March 26, 2013
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Man Sentenced To 30 Months For Pointing Laser At Airplane

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 10:16 am

A man in California has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for pointing a laser at a small jet as it approached the runway at Burbank airport.

Adam Gardenhire, 19, of North Hollywood, was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty in October to one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, according to The Pasadena Star-News.

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1:41pm

Tue March 26, 2013
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SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down In Pacific After Leaving Space Station

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 2:11 pm

Splashdown of SpaceX Dragon on Tuesday.
SpaceX

The Dragon has landed.

The unmanned cargo capsule built by the private firm SpaceX splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after delivering the goods to the International Space Station.

"SPLASHDOWN! At 9:34am PT [12:34 p.m. ET], Dragon splashed down safely in the Pacific. Welcome home!" SpaceX tweeted.

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11:05am

Tue March 26, 2013
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Head Of Bank Of Cyprus Quits After Appointment Of Special Administrator

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 2:56 pm

Students in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, protest against austerity measures in front of the presidential residence.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

The chairman of the Bank of Cyprus abruptly stepped down after a special administrator was appointed to oversee its restructuring in the wake of a painful bailout of the island nation by international lenders.

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10:24am

Tue March 26, 2013
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North Korea Threatens To Attack U.S., South Korean Bases

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:26 pm

North Korean "landing and anti-landing drills" are shown in a photo released Tuesday.
KCNA AFP/Getty Images

North Korea says it has moved its artillery and ballistic missiles into "combat posture" for possible use against targets in South Korea, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. mainland.

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9:10am

Tue March 26, 2013
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Police: Berezovsky's Death 'Consistent With Hanging'

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 12:39 pm

Boris Berezovsky outside a London court in August.
Warrick Page Getty Images

Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian tycoon whose body was found at his U.K. home over the weekend, died from hanging in an apparent suicide, British authorities now say.

"The results of the postmortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, have found the cause of death is consistent with hanging," the Thames Valley Police said in a statement Tuesday, adding that there were no signs of a violent struggle.

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4:59pm

Mon March 25, 2013
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China Reportedly To Buy Russian Subs, Fighter Jets

Russian MiG-29 (top), MiG-35 (left) and Su-35 (right) perform at an air show outside Moscow, in 2011.
Dmitry Kostyukov AFP/Getty Images

China has reportedly signed a deal to buy new submarines and Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia, the first such arms deal in nearly a decade.

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