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

Is OPEC still doing its job?

What happens when neither the oil cartel nor anyone else manages supply?
Posted In: Oil, OPEC, oil prices

The steady flow of money feeding the presidential race

A closer look at the super PACs behind it all.
Posted In: super PACs, super PAC

With busts, the past is no indicator of the future

There's a limit to comparisons between the fall of oil and previous downturns.
Posted In: Oil, bubbles, busts

Strong dollar makes for weaker profits

Companies face obstacles with a rising dollar.
Posted In: dollar, apple, global companies

Oil collapse hurts drillers far more than bankers

Banks were careful during the fracking boom to back the drillers best able to keep paying

The imbalance in the oil market won't go away quickly

Consumers don't consume more oil because it's cheap. Suppliers have to cut supply.
Posted In: Oil, oil prices, gas prices

U.S. halts new coal leases to reprice for carbon

Lease prices for federal coal lands are below market value, and don't factor in any cost for the carbon pollution coal causes
Posted In: coal, Carbon, land

Big dinosaur = big museum attraction

A lesson in dinosaurnomics: big new dinosaurs are good for museums
Posted In: museums, dinosaur, excavations

For Venezuela, oil is a resource curse

Over-reliance on oil, and subsidies for the masses, leave Venezuela in a desperate economic crisis
Posted In: venezuela, Oil, oil prices

For sale: A slice of Saudi Arabia's oil company

The kingdom needs cash — and the assets of Saudi Aramco are enormous
Posted In: Oil, Saudi Arabia, aramco


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