Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s Sustainability Desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy.

Scott services the complete portfolio of Marketplace programming and has reported on several special series, including long-term U.S. job creation, U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the BP oil spill’s one-year anniversary, and famine in the Horn of Africa. He has reported from more than a dozen countries.

Scott joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently as the China bureau chief in Shanghai from 2007 to 2010. While there, he reported on a special series on the economics of one-child and the 30th anniversary of the one-child policy in China, the Beijing Olympics, the food safety scares in 2007, labor strikes, slave labor, child lead poisoning and baby-selling in China’s international adoption program.

Prior to joining Marketplace, Scott worked as a producer and off-air reporter at PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer for seven years, where he produced a special series from Iraq in 2003. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University.

A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Tong now lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and three children. He’s an acknowledged soccer dad, and he enjoys cooking, cycling (he bikes to work on a regular basis) and running slowly.



Features by Scott Tong

Oil pumps in operation at an oil field near central Los Angeles.

The amount of oil in the world is a mystery

Countries are not required to report storage data.
Posted In: Oil, big oil, crude oil, earnings report

Unilever buys a billion-dollar shaving club

The Dollar Shave Club makes buying razors cheap and convenient
Posted In: dollar shave club, unilever

In Venezuela, desperate conditions turn worse

Inflation roars while the country runs out of food and other necessities
Posted In: venezuela, inflation, food shortage, crisis

Low oil prices made U.S. frackers lean and profitable

Even at prices half what they once were, U.S. oil producers can make a profit
Posted In: Oil, fracking, oil price

A lifetime later, a smog attack's full cost is seen

The London smog of 1952 killed thousands but gave many more lifelong health problems.
Posted In: London, smog, pollution

Zika is moving fast. But Congress? Not so much.

How funding to fight Zika got tangled in the debate over contraception and Planned Parenthood
Posted In: zika, Congress, Planned Parenthood

The federal government's limits on regulating fracking

A court has recently struck down federal rules on well construction and chemical disclosure.
Posted In: fracking, drilling

Brexit: a complex divorce

The process by which the UK extracts itself from the EU is a tortuous one.
Posted In: Brexit, UK, EU, European Union

Does creating the U.S.'s biggest insurer help patients?

Anthem and Cigna are already two of the five biggest health insurers
Posted In: Cigna, Anthem, health care, insurance, mergers

You and me? We want to maximize shareholder value, too

A lot of the money behind activist investors comes from pension funds and mutual funds.
Posted In: activist investor, Mutual funds, shareholder value


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