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
8:25 am
Thu August 13, 2015

ISIS Claims Responsibility As Scores Killed In Baghdad Truck Bomb

Iraqis gather at the scene of a truck bomb attack at a vegetable market in Jamila district, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday.
Ahmed Ali EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 3:21 pm

The self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a truck bomb attack in Baghdad that has killed at least 67 people.

Reports of casualties vary. The 67 figure comes from The Associated Press, but Reuters says 76 are dead and al-Jazeera is reporting "at least 55."

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Sun August 9, 2015

Sports Broadcaster And Former NFL Star Frank Gifford Dies At 84

Frank Gifford arrives at an opening on Broadway in a photo from Oct. 2007.
Peter Kramer AP

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 11:21 am

NFL Football Hall of Famer and longtime sports broadcaster Frank Gifford died Sunday at his Connecticut home at age 84.

He "died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes," the family confirmed in a brief statement.

Receiver and running back Gifford attended the University of Southern California on a football scholarship before going pro. He played for the New York Giants in a career on the field that spanned 1952 to 1964. He made the Pro Bowl in seven of his 12 NFL seasons.

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2:09 pm
Sun August 9, 2015

Australian Government Concerned Over Vegemite's Use In Moonshine

Vegemite rolls along the production line at the Vegemite factory in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013. The iconic yeast-based spread is reportedly being used to produce moonshine in officially dry communities.
Julian Smith EPA/Landov

The Australian government is warning that Vegemite – the salty yeast-based spread that's an iconic staple of the national diet – is being purchased in bulk quantities to produce moonshine in rural indigenous communities where alcohol is banned.

Brewer's yeast is a key ingredient of the dark brown paste, which was first developed as a substitute for Marmite when the supply of the British-made spread in Australia was virtually cut off during World War I.

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11:46 am
Sun August 9, 2015

Typhoon Lashes China Coast After Raking Taiwan

An aerial view shows a flooded town in Pingyang county after typhoon Soudelor caused floods and mudslides, in Zhejiang province, China, on Sunday.
Yu Riqian EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 5:11 am

Typhoon Soudelor, fresh from causing devastation on Taiwan, has left a dozen dead and five missing in mainland China as it caused floods and mudslides even as it ground down to tropical storm status.

The storm made landfall in China's Fujian province late Saturday after causing six deaths in Taiwan and leaving hundreds of thousands there without electricity.

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10:42 am
Sun August 9, 2015

Japan Marks 70 Years Since U.S. Atomic Bombing Of Nagasaki

Sumiteru Taniguchi, 86, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, walks up to deliver his speech at the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing in Nagasaki, southern Japan, on Sunday.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Sun August 9, 2015 4:04 pm

Japan today marked the 70 years since the dropping of the second of two U.S. atomic bombs that helped end World War II in the Pacific.

In the city of Nagasaki, where more than 70,000 people died in the bombing that came after even greater loss of life at the city of Hiroshima, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe restated his country's pledge never to allow nuclear weapons on Japanese soil.

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9:24 am
Sun August 9, 2015

Black Lives Matter Activists Commandeer Sanders Speech In Seattle

Mara Jacqueline Willaford, left, holds her fist overhead as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby at a rally Saturday. The activists took over the microphone and refused to allow Sanders to speak.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Sun August 9, 2015 5:41 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders found himself involuntarily sidelined at a rally Saturday night in Seattle, as Black Lives Matter activists commandeered the microphone and refused to give it back.

Sanders had just begun to speak at the conclusion of a Social Security Works rally at Westlake Park when two women climbed on stage and took over the microphone. They demanded that the crowd hold Sanders "accountable."

Some in the crowd booed.

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8:05 am
Sun August 9, 2015

5 Children Among 8 Found Dead After Police Standoff In Texas

Originally published on Sun August 9, 2015 4:09 pm

A tense late-night standoff between sheriff's deputies and a gunman at a home in Houston ended with eight people dead, including five children, Texas authorities say. But it wasn't immediately clear how the victims died.

According to KHOU television, the incident began at about 9 p.m., when deputies were called to the home to perform a welfare check.

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7:30 am
Sun August 9, 2015

A Year After Ferguson, Obama Tells NPR He Feels 'Great Urgency'

President Obama spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep at the White House last week.
Nick Michael NPR

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 8:27 am

A year after Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., sparking weeks of often violent protests in the city, the country is still struggling to deal with the issues the shooting, and others like it, have brought to the fore.

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2:51 pm
Sat August 8, 2015

Typhoon Hits Chinese Coast After Sweeping Over Taiwan

Waves near Xiuyu district of Putian, southeast China's Fujian Province as Typhoon Soudelor lands on the coast Saturday night.
Wei Peiquan Xinhua/Landov

Typhoon Soudelor — fresh from hitting Taiwan, where it left a handful dead and millions without electricity — is now ashore in mainland China, where it is expected to push inland before losing steam over the weekend.

At least six people were killed and 101 others injured when Soudelor barreled through Taiwan, according to The Associated Press. Among the dead were an 8-year-old girl and her mother, who were swept out to sea and drowned on Thursday.

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1:45 pm
Sat August 8, 2015

Frances Kelsey, FDA Officer Who Blocked Thalidomide, Dies At 101

Dr. Frances O. Kelsey of the U.S. FDA, who is credited with keeping the birth-deforming drug, Thalidomide, off the U.S. market, is shown in an Aug. 1962 photo. Kelsey died on Friday at age 101.
AP

Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, whose tireless efforts uncovered a link between the drug thalidomide and severe birth defects, has died at age 101.

In 1960, Kelsey was the new medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration when an application for FDA approval of the sedative Kevadon, the trade name of thalidomide, manufactured by drug company William S. Merrell Company of Cincinnati.

Thalidomide had already been sold to pregnant women in Europe and elsewhere as an anti-nausea drug to treat morning sickness, and Merrell wanted a license to do the same in the U.S.

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10:26 am
Sat August 8, 2015

Ex-Soviet Officer Who Became Taliban Commander Found Guilty In U.S.

This photo provided by the U.S. Government, presented during a trial, shows a photo of Irek Hamidullin surrendering after being wounded by U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Nov. 29, 2009.
AP

Originally published on Sat August 8, 2015 1:46 pm

An ex-Soviet army officer turned Taliban commander has been found guilty in a federal court in Richmond, Va., on 15 counts related to a 2009 attack on Afghan and U.S. soldiers at Camp Leyza in Afghanistan's Khost province.

Irek Hamidullin, 55, is a former Soviet tank commander who stayed behind in Afghanistan after the Soviet withdrawal in the late 1980s.

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8:49 am
Sat August 8, 2015

Trump Booted From Conservative Forum After Latest Remarks

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (right) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speak together during a commercial break at the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland on Thursday. Trump's remarks about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly have triggered a firestorm.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Sat August 8, 2015 1:47 pm

Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET

Despite Thursday night's debate having solidified Donald Trump's standing as a GOP frontrunner, he's not backing off of a feud with Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly, who he calls a "lightweight" who is "highly overrated."

And this:

But wait. There's more ...

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The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Michigan Lawmaker Reportedly Concocted Fake Scandal To Cover Up A Real One

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 4:50 pm

The Detroit News reports that a prominent Tea Party-inspired state representative in Michigan sought to cover up an affair with a female lawmaker by spreading a rumor about himself that he had engaged in a public sex act with a male prostitute.

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12:04 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Another Bangladeshi Blogger Hacked To Death For Secular Views

Ashamoni, wife of blogger Niloy Chakrabati, cries at her house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday after her secular activist husband was hacked to death by suspected Islamist extremists.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Sat August 8, 2015 5:05 pm

Niloy Chakrabati Neel, a Bangladeshi blogger who used the pen name Niloy Neel to criticize Muslim extremism, was hacked to death by a machete-wielding gang who broke into his apartment Friday. He is the fourth such social media activist to be killed in the South Asian country so far this year.

"They entered his room on the fifth floor and shoved his friend aside and then hacked him to death," Imran H. Sarker, head of the Bangladesh Blogger and Online Activist Network, or BOAN, tells Agence France-Presse.

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Fri August 7, 2015

Unemployment Rate Steady As Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs

Sasha Vitalis (left) talks to job seeker Omar Delgado about employment opportunities during a job fair last month in Miami Lakes, Fla.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 10:29 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs last month, just shy of the number forecast by economists. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3 percent.

Wages were up slightly, and the number of long-term unemployed remained the same as June.

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8:41 am
Fri August 7, 2015

North Korea's Receding Time Zone

Visitors look at a miniature map of the Korean Peninsula at the Odusan observatory in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, on Friday. North Korea is set to push back its clocks by half an hour to mark the end of Japanese occupation after World War II.
Jeon Heon-Kyun EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 10:46 am

Some might say that a trip to North Korea is like stepping back in time. Beginning next week, it will also include setting your watch back by 30 minutes.

As of Aug. 15, according to the country's official news agency KCNA, North Korea will be in a new time zone to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation from the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Beginning in 1910, when Japan colonized Korea, Tokyo moved the peninsula's time zone ahead half an hour to match its own and "deprived Korea of even its standard time," KCNA writes.

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7:03 am
Fri August 7, 2015

It's A Wrap: Jon Stewart's Last 'Daily Show'

Jon Stewart leaves the studio Thursday after taping his final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in New York.
MAXA/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 2:01 pm

After 16 years of honing a unique brand of political satire that has been much copied, but rarely equaled, Jon Stewart signed off for his final episode of The Daily Show with a list of guests who either helped create the jokes or were on the receiving end of them over the years.

"Guess what?" Stewart opened. "I've got big news. This is it."

The 52-year-old comic announced last winter that he would be stepping down from the Comedy Central powerhouse, with Trevor Noah set to take over the hosting duties.

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5:36 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Melting Matterhorn Glacier Uncovers Remains Of Long-Missing Climbers

The Matterhorn mountain (left in distance) after sunrise seen from the Eggishorn mountain, in Fiesch, Switzerland, last month.
Dominic Steinmann EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 5:45 pm

The remains of two Japanese climbers, who disappeared on the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps in 1970, have been found on a glacier at the famed mountain.

Swiss police say that DNA testing has confirmed the remains — found at an altitude of 9,200 feet on the 14,692-foot peak — are Michio Oikawa and Masayuki Kobayashi, 22 and 21, respectively, who were reported missing on Aug. 18, 1970, according to Agence France-Presse.

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3:37 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

NTSB: Harrison Ford Plane Crash Caused By Loose Engine Part

Officials work on the scene of a vintage airplane that had been piloted by actor Harrison Ford when it crash-landed in March on the Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles. Federal safety investigators have concluded that a problem with a carburetor part led to engine failure.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 4:57 pm

The crash in March of a vintage single-engine airplane piloted by actor Harrison Ford is being blamed on a malfunction in the engine, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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2:11 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Irwin Lipkin, Last Of Madoff Defendants, Gets 6 Months In Prison

Irwin Lipkin, one of Bernard Madoff's longest-serving employees, covers his face as he is pushed in a wheelchair leaving U.S. court in New York on Wednesday.
Mike Segar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 4:00 pm

The last defendant in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme is going to jail three years after he pleaded guilty to helping conceal the massive fraud from regulators.

Irwin Lipkin, 77, will spend six months in prison for his role in the scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars in investments.

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