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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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Bemused Or Irritated? Pope Reacts To Gift Of 'Communist Crucifix'

Bolivian President Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle in La Paz, Bolivia, on Wednesday.
Osservatore Romano AP

Pope Francis normally receives all gifts with a polite thanks and smile. But the pontiff's reaction earlier this week when Bolivia's president gave him a crucifix in the shape of a communist hammer and sickle is open to interpretation.

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The Two-Way
9:59 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Forecast Says Oil Price Could Fall Amid Weak Demand

Stacked rigs are seen along with other idled oil drilling equipment at a depot in Dickinson, N.D., last month. The International Energy Agency forecasts a continued drop in oil prices amid overproduction and falling global demand.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 12:17 pm

Oil prices have further to fall before bottoming out amid a surge in production, mainly by OPEC nations, and a weakening of global demand, according to the International Energy Agency's latest forecast.

In the second quarter of 2015, the world's supply of oil was 96.39 million barrels a day, outstripping demand of 93.13 million barrels a day, according to the IEA's Oil Market Report, which described the world oil market as "massively oversupplied."

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano Forces Closure Of Airports

The departure board is reflected on the floor as a passenger sits in the international terminal at Ngurah Rai Airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Friday. Indonesian authorities closed five airports after the eruption of a volcano on Java.
Antara Foto Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 11:40 am

Volcanic ash spewing from Indonesia's Mount Raung has shut down airports and canceled flights on the resort island of Bali.

The volcano, located in East Java province, is about 95 miles west of Bali's international airport. The mountain began rumbling several weeks ago and on Friday began belching ash 12,000 feet into the air.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn says winds have blown the columns of smoke and ash southeast toward Bali and towns and villages near Mount Raung have been blanketed in ash since the volcano rumbled to life.

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4:38 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Joint Chiefs Nominee Says Russia Could Pose 'Existential Threat' To U.S.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. testifies Thursday during his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Cliff Owen AP

The Obama administration's nominee to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warns that Russia is the biggest threat to American interests and describes Moscow's recent geopolitical moves as "nothing short of alarming."

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., speaking at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said: "Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security. ... If you look at their behavior, it's nothing short of alarming."

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The Two-Way
4:37 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Army To Cut 40,000 Troops Over 2 Years At U.S. Bases

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 4:56 pm

Updated at 5:55 p.m. ET

The Army confirmed Thursday that it will cut 40,000 troops at several domestic bases over the next two years in a cost-saving move. If the White House and Congress are unable to avert another round of sequestration cuts, the troop reductions could be even deeper, according to Army officials.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

U.S. Criticizes Thailand's Deportation Of Uighurs To China

A group of Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the Thai embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday to protest Thailand's deportation of 100 Uighur refugees back to China.
Burhan Ozbilici AP

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 4:23 pm

The U.S. has condemned a move by Thailand to deport more than 100 ethnic Uighur Muslims back to China amid fears that the refugees will be persecuted by Beijing authorities.

Michael Sullivan, reporting for NPR from Thailand, says the Uighurs fled China more than a year ago and were detained while Thai authorities tried to figure out what to do with them. About 170 were sent to Turkey last month, and the remainder were handed over to Chinese authorities today.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

IBM Announces Breakthrough In Chip Technology

An alliance led by IBM Research has produced the semiconductor industry's first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functional transistors.
Darryl Bautista FPS FOR IBM

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 1:10 pm

IBM says it has overcome a technological hurdle by producing a prototype chip with transistors that are just 7 nanometers wide, or about 1/10,000th the width of a human hair. The smallest transistors currently in use are twice as big.

The breakthrough occurred at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. It could result in the ability to place 20 billion transistors on a chip the size of a fingernail.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Kerry: 'We Will Not Rush' Deal On Iran's Nuclear Program

Secretary of State John Kerry (right) walks using crutches Thursday at the garden of the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 12:58 pm

Update at 1:20 p.m. ET

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States and its five negotiating partners working to hammer out a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program "will not rush and ... will not be rushed" into a deal.

He said that "despite all of the progress" made at the negotiating table, key issues remain unresolved.

"If in the end we are able to reach a deal, it has to be one that can stand the test of time," he said.

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The Two-Way
9:06 am
Thu July 9, 2015

New Hosts To Join NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 9:52 am

All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening news program, is expanding its lineup of hosts: Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join veterans Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on weekdays, and Michel Martin will become the new host of the weekend show.

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Thu July 9, 2015

U.N. Says Syria Represents Worst Refugee Crisis In 25 Years

Refugees from Syria arrive in Presevo, near the border with Macedonia, in the south of Serbia, on Wednesday. The U.N. says more than 4 million have fled the civil war in Syria, making it the worst refugee crisis in a quarter century.
Djordje Savic EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 4:24 pm

The U.N. estimates that more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country since the start of the civil war there four years ago, making it the worst refugee crisis in a quarter century.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says the total number of refugees that have left Syria could be more than 4.25 million by the end of the year. An additional 7.6 million people are internally displaced.

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Obama To Meet With Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Amid Concern Over China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter shakes hands with Vietnam's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 1. Trong will meet with President Obama in the White House on Tuesday.
Luong Thai Linh EPA/Landov

Nguyen Phu Trong — the head of Vietnam's communist party and one of most powerful figures in the Southeast Asian nation — will meet with President Obama on Tuesday for a historic meeting aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations.

The 71-year-old party secretary said Friday that he hopes to build trust between Washington and Hanoi 20 years after President Bill Clinton normalized diplomatic ties and four decades after the end of the Vietnam War.

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The Two-Way
3:23 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement in front of Palais Coburg where the Iranian nuclear talks are taking place in Vienna, Austria.
Qian Yi Xinhua/Landov

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is ready to walk away from the negotiating table if Tehran is unwilling to make the "hard choices" necessary to achieve a deal with the West on limiting its nuclear program.

However, Kerry also said that he and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, were making "genuine progress" on "several of the most difficult issues" that remain to be resolved.

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The Two-Way
10:07 am
Sun July 5, 2015

China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

An investor looks through stock information at a trading hall in Haikou, the capital of Hainan province in southern China. Since mid-June, the main Shanghai stock index has lost 30 percent.
Zhao Yingquan Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 12:26 pm

China's central bank will provide an injection of cash for the state-run margin finance company, as the country's top brokerages pledge to go on a share-buying spree to prop up faltering markets that have lost a third of their value in less than a month.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

The Soyuz-U space launch vehicle rocket carrying the Russian cargo ship Progress M-28M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday. The Progress resupply capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday.
Sergai Savostyanov ITAR-TASS/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 12:18 pm

The International Space Station has just received a much-needed delivery, including some groceries, aboard a Russian capsule that successfully docked after three previous attempts to resupply the orbiting laboratory had failed.

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The Two-Way
7:37 am
Sun July 5, 2015

After Bailout Referendum Is Rejected, Greece's Finance Minister Resigns

German Finance Minister Wolfang Schaeuble frowns on a pro-no poster opposite graffiti that reads "no" in German — but also sounds like "yes" in Greek. The photo was taken in Athens on Sunday.
Kay Nietfeld DPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 1:39 am

Updated at 2:30 a.m. ET Monday:

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned. According to The Associated Press: Varoufakis was told shortly after the Greek referendum result that the some eurozone finance ministers and Greece's other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers' meetings. He issued an announcement on Monday saying the prime minister had judged that his resignation "might help achieve a deal" and that he was leaving the finance ministry for this reason.

Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET Sunday:

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