Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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1:07pm

Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Paper Makes Unprecedented Plea For Reporter's Release

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:55 pm

A woman reads the New Express newspaper with Wednesday's headline: "Please Release Him."
AFP/Getty Images

"Please Release Him."

That was the simple but startling front-page headline on Wednesday in New Express, a cutting-edge newspaper based in China's southern city of Guangzhou. "Him" is Chen Yongzhou, one of the paper's investigative journalists who New Express says was taken away by police after reporting "problems with the accounts" at Zoomlion Heavy Industries."

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12:05pm

Wed October 23, 2013
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Iran Minister: Man Who Survived Hanging Shouldn't Be Executed

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:23 pm

A blindfolded man convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and the slaying of two policemen awaits execution in Tehran in 2011.
Mohammad Hadi Khosravi AP

Iran's justice minister says a convicted drug smuggler who survived an attempted execution by hanging earlier this month shouldn't go back to the gallows.

As we reported last week, the 37-year-old man, identified as Alireza M, was found alive in the morgue by his family following a 12-minute hanging. After the incident, an Iranian judge reportedly said Alireza would hang again once he had recovered from the botched execution.

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4:27pm

Tue October 22, 2013
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In Cost-Cutting Move, NOAA To Stop Printing Nautical Charts

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:21 am

This undated photo made available by NOAA shows a computer displaying an electronic nautical chart aboard a ship.
AP

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency charged with surveying the nation's navigable waters to help keep mariners off the rocks and out of the shallows, will cease printing paper charts after mid-April.

Partly as a cost-saving measure, the NOAA's Office of Coast Survey will offer charts only via on-demand printing, as PDFs or electronic charts.

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1:46pm

Tue October 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Former House Aide Lorraine Miller Named Interim NAACP Chief

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:25 pm

Clerk of the House Lorraine Miller discusses legislation with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a 2007 signing ceremony.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The NAACP has selected Lorraine Miller, a former clerk at the House of Representatives, to the post of interim president and CEO to replace Benjamin Jealous.

The organization, the nation's largest and oldest civil rights group, made the announcement of Miller's appointment at its board meeting over the weekend.

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11:32am

Tue October 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Teacher Who Died Trying To End Shooting Remembered As A Hero

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 12:46 pm

A Sparks Middle School student cries with family members after a fellow student killed a math teacher and himself Monday in Sparks, Nev.
Kevin Clifford AP

Michael Landsberry, the 45-year-old middle school math teacher and Afghan War veteran who was killed Monday trying to talk down a student shooter at a Nevada middle school, is being remembered as a hero.

Witnesses at Sparks Middle School in the city of Sparks, near Reno, described how Landsberry approached the armed 13-year-old boy and tried to get him to surrender a semi-automatic pistol he had used to shoot two fellow students. The boy then turned the weapon on Landsberry, fatally shooting him, before using the pistol to take his own life.

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3:49pm

Mon October 21, 2013
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Woman Who Nearly Fainted During President's Speech: 'I'm OK'

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 5:29 pm

Karmel Allison, in red dress, stands behind President Obama as he gives a speech Monday. Later, she almost fainted, briefly interrupting the address.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

A woman who nearly fainted, briefly interrupting President Obama as he spoke at the White House on Monday, says she's "OK ... just a little lightheaded."

Karmel Allison, who is pregnant and reportedly has Type 1 diabetes, stood behind the president as he spoke about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

At one point during Obama's speech, Allison can be seen closing her eyes and looking a bit unstable. Suddenly, she begins wobbling.

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1:30pm

Mon October 21, 2013
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2 Dead, 2 Wounded In Nevada School Shooting

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 7:05 pm

A Sparks Middle School student cries after Monday's shooting in Sparks, Nev.
Kevin Clifford AP

A staff member at a Nevada middle school was fatally shot by a student, who was also killed, apparently by a self-inflicted wound. Two other students, both 12-years-old — were wounded but are now in stable condition, law enforcement says.

The shooting occurred on the campus of Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev., a suburb of Reno on Monday before the start of classes.

A witness reports seeing the staff member who was killed trying to persuade the shooter to give up the gun.

The wounded students were being treated at a local hospital, officials said.

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12:12pm

Mon October 21, 2013
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Indian Police: Crew Member From Detained U.S. Ship Tried Suicide

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 3:22 pm

The MV Seaman Guard Ohio, owned by a U.S.-based security firm, was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard off the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.
STRDEL AFP/Getty Images

A member of a U.S.-owned ship whose crew was arrested by Indian authorities earlier this month for allegedly carrying a "huge cache" of illegal arms, has tried to commit suicide in his jail cell, police say.

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11:18am

Mon October 21, 2013
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Facebook Users Don't 'Like' This: Status Update Error Messages

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 11:51 am

Facebook

If you tried to post a status update on Facebook or "like" someone else's Monday morning, you probably got a message like this:

"There was a problem updating your status. Please try again later."

You are not alone. The Miami Herald reports:

"Facebook users are reporting trouble logging in and posting updates Monday morning.

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1:08pm

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

India Arrests Crew Of U.S. Ship For Carrying Weapons

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:56 pm

Indian policemen escort crew members of a U.S.-owned ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio outside a court in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on Friday.
AP

The crew of a U.S.-owned ship has been arrested at a port in India for allegedly trying to enter territorial waters illegally carrying what's been described as a "huge cache" of weapons.

The 35 crew members on MV Seaman Guard Ohio, owned by Washington, D.C.-based AdvanFort, were detained on Saturday by the Indian Coast Guard. The vessel is currently at anchor in the port of Tuticorin in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.

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12:18pm

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:20 pm

House Speaker Tom Foley (back, right) and Vice President Al Gore applaud during President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address on Jan. 24, 1994.
Ron Edmonds AP

Former House Speaker Tom Foley, who led the chamber from 1989 to 1995, has died, according to his family. He was 84.

The Associated Press says Foley's wife, Heather, confirmed that the Washington state Democrat died at his Washington, D.C., home.

He had reportedly been in ill health in recent months.

The AP says:

"Foley became the first speaker since the Civil War to fail to win re-election in his home district.

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11:23am

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Mexico's 'Prison Angel,' Sister Antonia Brenner, Dies At 86

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:11 pm

Sister Antonia Brenner touches the statue of San Pablo Encandenado (St. Paul chained) outside the chapel at La Mesa State Penitentiary in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2005.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

Sister Antonia Brenner, a twice-divorced mother of seven turned "prison angel" who spent the last three decades of her life ministering to inmates at a Mexican penitentiary, has died. She was 86.

Brenner moved into a 10-by-10-foot cell at Tijuana's notorious La Mesa penitentiary, where she came to be known as "La Mama" by the prisoners, whom she called her children. She spent her time "mending broken lives, easing tensions and dispensing everything from toothbrushes to bail money," according to the Los Angeles Times.

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10:01am

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Norway Looking For Possible Kenyan Mall Attacker

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:24 am

Westgate Mall in Nairobi after the deadly assault by Islamist gunmen on September 21, 2013.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

The New York Times reports that the investigation into last month's Kenya mall siege has led to Norway, where friends and relatives of a Somali-born Norwegian citizen are being questioned about his whereabouts.

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8:39am

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Can GOP, Democrats Come Together On A Budget By Dec. 13?

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:46 am

Members of the bipartisan budget conference (from left): Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Can they reach a deal by Dec. 13?
Win McNamee Getty Images

Now that the government has reopened, attention turns to the next phase of the spending fight, a battle that is far from over.

The bill that President Obama signed early Thursday provides only a temporary respite to the partisan tussles that have perennially plagued the budget process. The government stays open through Jan. 15 and the federal borrowing authority is safe until Feb. 7. After that, all bets are off.

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7:35am

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Saudis Reject Security Council Seat, Citing 'Double Standards'

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 2:01 pm

The U.N. Security Council votes on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons, at U.N. Headquarters last month.
Craig Ruttle AP

Saudi Arabia says it will turn down a two-year seat on the United Nation's Security Council in protest over "double standards" in resolving international conflicts.

"Saudi Arabia ... is refraining from taking membership of the U.N. Security Council until it has reformed so it can effectively and practically perform its duties and discharge its responsibilities in maintaining international security and peace," said a Foreign Ministry statement issued on state media.

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7:05am

Fri October 18, 2013
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San Francisco BART Transit Workers Strike

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:36 pm

Roxanne Sanchez (left), president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, speaks during a news conference in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday.
Ben Margot AP

It's going to be a frustrating Friday commute in San Francisco after the workers for the region's largest transit system, known as the BART, went out on strike.

The San Jose Mercury News reports:

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11:39am

Thu October 17, 2013
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Obama Calls For Budget, Immigration Reform By Year's End

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 12:50 pm

At the White House on Thursday, President Obama said "the American people are completely fed up with Washington."
Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama slammed the partisan standoff "spectacle" that he said had damaged the economy and America's international credibility, and called on Congress to pass a comprehensive budget, immigration reform and a farm bill by year's end.

He praised "Democrats and responsible Republicans who came together" to pass a last-minute deal to reverse a partial government shutdown and narrowly avert the expiration of the federal borrowing authority.

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10:29am

Thu October 17, 2013
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Economists: Shutdown Will Shave Half-Percent From Quarterly GDP

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:06 pm

The government shutdown has taken a toll on the nation's economy and despite a deal that sidesteps a debt default and restarts the government (at least for a few months), growth forecasts for the last quarter of the year are being scaled back.

Economist Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics has shaved his gross domestic product forecast from a 2.6 percent annualized rate to 2.1 percent for the last three months of the calendar year.

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9:30am

Thu October 17, 2013
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Man Survives Botched Hanging; Iran Vows To Try Again

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 1:48 pm

Iranians watch the hanging of a convicted man in the city of Qazvin, northwest of the capital, Tehran, in May 2011.
Hamideh Shafieeha AP

Amnesty International is urging Iranian authorities not to go ahead with the execution of a convicted drug smuggler after the man survived a botched hanging last week.

The 37-year-old man, identified as Alireza M, was found alive in a morgue after he was hanged at a jail in the northeast Iranian city of Bojnord.

A news release from Amnesty International says:

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9:07am

Thu October 17, 2013
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Lao Airliner Crash That Killed 49 Blamed On Bad Weather

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 1:10 pm

Soldiers stand next to pieces of a Lao Airlines plane on Thursday after it crashed into the Mekong River near Pakse, Laos.
Pornchai Kittiwongsakul AFP/Getty Images

The crash of a turboprop in southern Laos that killed all 49 people aboard was caused by a violent storm that prompted the pilot to miss a runway and careen into the Mekong River, authorities say.

"Upon preparing to land at Pakse Airport the aircraft ran into extreme bad weather conditions and was reportedly crashed into the Mekong River," the Laos Ministry of Public Works and Transport said in a statement.

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7:46am

Thu October 17, 2013
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House Stenographer Seizes Microphone In Bizarre Rant

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:54 am

In one of the strangest moments of a strange few weeks on Capitol Hill, a House stenographer broke into a rant about God, the Constitution and Freemasonry as representatives cast their votes Wednesday on a deal to reopen the government.

"He will not be mocked," the stenographer, later identified as Dianne Reidy, yelled into the microphone at the chamber's rostrum. "The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. It would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God."

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7:15am

Thu October 17, 2013
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Federal Workers Head Back To Jobs As Government Reopens

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:49 am

A furloughed federal worker protests outside the U.S. Capitol last week, demanding an end to the shutdown.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.

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12:05pm

Wed October 16, 2013
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Passenger Turboprop Crashes In Laos; All 49 On Board Feared Dead

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 1:35 pm

A Lao Airlines ATR similar to the one that crashed on Wednesday.
Wikipedia Commons

A Lao Airlines flight from the capital, Vientiane, crashed into the Mekong River as it was landing. There was no word of survivors among the 49 passengers and crew, The Bangkok Post reports.

The twin-turbo ATR, with 44 passengers and five crew on board, hit the water short of a runway in Pakse, in Champassak province in southern Laos, the newspaper says.

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10:38am

Wed October 16, 2013
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Iran: More Nuclear Talks 'In A Few Weeks'

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:10 pm

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. More talks "in a few weeks," he says.
Jason DeCrow AP

Iran is planning a fresh round of talks on its nuclear program "in a few weeks" after a generally positive first round of multiparty meetings in Geneva aimed at defusing tensions with the West.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, commenting on his Facebook page, says the next meeting with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany would also be held in Geneva.

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8:52am

Wed October 16, 2013
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N.J. Goes To Polls To Fill Vacant U.S. Senate Seat

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 1:37 pm

Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan shake hands at the start of the final debate of their U.S. Senate campaign, last week at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

New Jersey voters are choosing a new member of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, in a special election pitting Newark Mayor Cory Booker against Steve Lonegan.

Democrat Booker is favored in the polls to win the race to fill the vacancy left by the death of Frank Lautenberg in June. However, his Republican opponent, the former mayor of the northern New Jersey town of Bogota, has managed to close the gap a bit in the run-up to election day.

ABC7 reports:

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7:50am

Wed October 16, 2013
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Arrest Made In Dry Ice Bomb Case At LA Airport

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 12:03 pm

Police have arrested a baggage handler in connection with a series of dry ice bombs, two of which exploded harmlessly at the Los Angeles International Airport in recent days.

Dicarlo Bennett, 28, an employee for the ground handling company Servisair, was booked on Tuesday for "possession of a destructive device near an aircraft," The Associated Press reports. He is being held on $1 million bail.

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7:35am

Wed October 16, 2013
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As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 10:23 pm

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor after agreeing to the framework of a deal to avoid default and reopen the government, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill:

The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. We've posted separately on that development and we are putting this live blog to bed.

Our Original Post Continues:

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2:23pm

Tue October 15, 2013
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Report: NSA Harvests Contact Lists From Email, Facebook

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 6:12 pm

The Washington Post has published new revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic snooping, indicating that the intelligence branch gathers millions of contact lists from personal email accounts and instant messaging around the world.

The new information is attributed by The Post to "senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden."

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8:56am

Tue October 15, 2013
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Second Dry Ice Bomb Goes Off At LA Airport

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 1:50 pm

A photograph taken last month of the south concourse of LA International Airport's Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Reed Saxon AP

This post was updated at 11:30 a.m.

Authorities in Los Angeles were investigating a dry ice bomb that went off at the city's international airport late Monday — the second blast in as many days. Two other devices were found unexploded.

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8:11am

Tue October 15, 2013
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Leaders Express 'Cautious Optimism' Over Iran Nuclear Plan

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 3:39 pm

Catherine Ashton, the EU high representative for foreign affairs, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif share a light moment Tuesday at the start of two-day talks on Iran's nuclear program.
Fabrice Coffrini AP

Iran's proposal for easing the standoff over its nuclear program got seemingly positive initial reviews at Tuesday's start of multiparty talks in Geneva.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the Iranian delegation had made a PowerPoint presentation outlining the plan at the beginning of the two-day session. The spokesman said the plan had been received with "cautious optimism" but gave no further details of the close-door meeting, describing the proceedings as "confidential."

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