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

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
Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on June 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 6-0.

How a baseball lawsuit helped define how corporations are governed

It all started because there were no lights at Wrigley Field for night games.
Posted In: shareholders, baseball, Chicago Cubs

How shareholders jumped to first in line for profits

A business theory helped put profits for shareholders ahead of other corporate interests.
Posted In: shareholder value, milton friedman
Circa 1680, a look at the trading post established by the British East India Company at Surat.

The first corporations — way back — had social purpose

The idea that they are solely businesses developed as late as the 1800s.
Posted In: corporations, shareholder activist, capitalism

Coal mining jobs in West Virginia aren't coming back

Neither politicians nor policies can undo what the market's done to coal.
Posted In: West Virginia, coal, coal mining, 2016 election

The OPEC haves and have nots

Some oil-producing nations are in dire financial condition because of low oil prices
Posted In: Oil, OPEC, venezuela, Russia

Oil pushes out Venezuela's agriculture

A strong currency pushed up by oil exports, and national price controls, have marginalized once strong economic sectors
Posted In: venezuela, Agriculture, farms

Oil producers talk, but the market is in control

OPEC members and other nations want to freeze oil production, but the supply of crude is already falling.
Posted In: Oil, OPEC, oil prices


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