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

Viacom's to-do list: Catch up to the Netflixes

The company needs to renew its studio and cable channels, and get programs in front of non-TV viewers.
Posted In: streaming, cord cutters, netflix

Bankrupt coal companies get break on clean-up costs

They are getting out of huge liabilities for cleaning up their mine sites because of a loophole
Posted In: coal, bankruptcy, mining

Fracking draft from EPA criticized by scientists

The study concluded hydraulic fracturing isn't a danger to drinking water. Scientists say that's unproven.
Posted In: fracking, Oil, drilling
A view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

States and cities don't invest in infrastructure

Low interest rates aren't enough when local governments must pay pension and Medicaid costs.
Posted In: infrastructure, pension, medicaid

With more jobs, workers are finally getting a raise

Employers are having to pay more to attract and keep the workers they need.
Posted In: Jobs, wage growth, wages, raise, pay raise
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


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