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

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

A bad mix for Venezuela: oil and Chavez

The socialist president used oil revenue to buy support for his regime and now the country is suffering for it
Posted In: venezuela, hugo chavez, chavismo, socialism, Oil

In struggling Venezuela, cheap gas and food are smuggled out

Gas is so cheap that it can be sold at a profit in neighboring Colombia.
Posted In: venezuela, black market, smuggling

Utility companies to stockpile $8 million spare parts in case of disaster

Spare transformers are expensive to keep around, so several utility providers start a new company to fill that role.
Posted In: electric, electric grid, utility

How oil-rich Venezuela ended up with a miserable economy

A history of the Latin American country's resource curse.
Posted In: venezuela, Oil, pertostate, PDVSA, OPEC
The barrios of Venezuela.

In oil-bust Venezuela, buying diapers on the black market

A journalist with a baby visits his diaper connection.
Posted In: venezuela, resources

Study finds that fracking contaminated a water supply

One of the biggest debates about fracking is whether it pollutes underground water supplies
Posted In: fracking, water supply, contamination, Oil


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