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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8:40am

Mon March 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Cyprus Bailout To Hit Depositors, Sends Shivers Through Markets

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 6:08 pm

Take the money and run: An ATM in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on Sunday.
Hasan Mroue AFP/Getty Images

A vote in Cyprus on whether to approve a controversial bailout plan has been postponed after the prospect of the deal caused bank customers to rush to withdraw their savings and drew the ire of overseas depositors.

As NPR's Krishnadev Calamur wrote in a post over the weekend: "The money [is] needed because Cyprus' banks lost 4.5 billion euros on their Greek bond holdings, which were written down last year after Greece's second bailout."

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1:18pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

A Peek Into Exoplanet's Atmosphere Offers Clues To How It Was Formed

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 3:06 pm

The 10-meter Keck II (right), a twin of the world's largest optical telescope, was used to study the atmosphere of HR 8799c.
Richard Wainscoat AP

Scientists peering into the atmosphere of a giant planet 130 light years away believe their findings bolster one theory of how solar systems form.

The planet, orbiting the star HR 8799, is part of a solar system containing at least three other "super-Jupiters" weighing in at between five and 10 times the mass of our own Jupiter. The nearby system features a brash, young 30-million-year-old star (by contrast, our Sun is in midlife at about 4.5 billion years old).

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10:34am

Fri March 15, 2013
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New Pope Praises Benedict, Asks Cardinals To Evangelize

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 12:43 pm

Pope Francis as he visits the papal residence at the Vatican on Thursday.
Vatican AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis, in his first audience with the cardinals since becoming head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, and urged the evangelization of the church's message.

Francis said of Benedict, who served as pontiff for eight years before his historic resignation last month, that he "lit a flame in the depths of our hearts that will continue to burn because it is fueled by his prayers."

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8:55am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

More Problems Aboard Carnival Cruise Ships

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 1:53 pm

The Carnival Dream docked in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in December 2010.
Andy Newman AP

For the past month, management at Carnival Cruise Lines has been in a nearly constant state of damage control.

In the past week alone, three of the cruise line's giant floating playgrounds have experienced embarrassing malfunctions that have at least inconvenienced, if not angered, many passengers.

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12:36pm

Thu March 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Jesuits Have Played Central Role In History Of The Church

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 1:09 pm

Jesuit Mission in Santa Catalina in Cordoba in Argentina.
Luis Davilla Getty Images

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's ascendency to Pope Francis has suddenly placed his Jesuit order in the spotlight.

Francis' papacy is the first for a member of the Society of Jesus, which was founded in 1540 by the Spaniard St. Ignatius of Loyola and has grown to become the single-largest Catholic order, playing a central and occasionally controversial role within the church.

Today, some 20,000 Jesuits, about three-quarters of them priests, work in more than 100 countries and are best known for the schools and institutions of higher learning they administer.

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12:33pm

Thu March 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Monarch Butterfy Population Falls To Record Low, Mexican Scientists Say

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 2:47 pm

Monarch butterflies in December 2008 at the Sierra del Chincua sanctuary in Angangueo, in the Mexican state of Michoacan.
Mario Vazquez AFP/Getty Images

Monarch butterflies that once covered 50 square acres of forest during their summer layover in central Mexico now occupy fewer than 3 acres, according to the latest census.

The numbers of the orange-and-black butterflies have crashed in the two decades since scientists began making a rough count of them, according to Mexico's National Commission of Natural Protected Areas.

At a news conference Wednesday, the commission said the count was down 59 percent from December 2011 levels, when the insects filled 7.14 acres of fir trees in central Mexico.

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10:18am

Thu March 14, 2013
Asia

Why North Korea Makes Everyone Nervous ... Except Dennis Rodman

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 1:58 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides on a boat near the sea border with South Korea in this March 11 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. Bellicose rhetoric from North Korea has put other countries in the region on edge.
KCNA AP

North Korea's nuclear chest-beating has achieved the seemingly impossible by aligning the concerns of South Korea, Japan and even China, three Asian neighbors that have a long history of strained ties.

While all those countries have separate aims and interests, they share with the United States a mutual interest in containing the North Korean regime, restraining its rhetoric and keeping Pyongyang's nuclear option in a box, says Richard Bush III, the director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

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4:21pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Who Is Pope Francis I?

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 9:41 pm

Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit, but he appears to hold views very much in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Bergoglio has chosen the papal name Francis, becoming the 266th to hold the title of spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.

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8:46am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Committee Takes Up Expanded Gun Measures

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 1:14 pm

Gun show in Chantilly, Va., last December.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET: Senate Passes Measure:

The Associated Press reports that the committee cast a 10-8 party-line vote, with all Republicans opposed, on the measure to expand a requirement of background checks for gun sales between private parties.

The Associated Press reports:

"The bill's sponsor, New York Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer, said the measure will reduce gun crimes, and said he hopes he can strike a compromise on the measure with Republicans, which would enhance the measure's chances of passing in the full Senate.

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12:21pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

International Convention Moves To Limit Shark 'Finning' Trade

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 2:33 pm

Indonesian fishermen unload their catch, including sharks and baby sharks, in Lampulo fish market in Banda Aceh last week.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Delegates to an international species conservation conference in Bangkok, Thailand, this week have agreed to limit the trade of shark fins and meat.

NPR's Christopher Joyce reports that government representatives to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, have agreed to put the porbeagle, oceanic whitetip, three kinds of hammerhead shark and two kinds of manta ray on its Appendix II list, which places restrictions on fishing but still allows limited trade.

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10:01am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistan Begins Construction of Pipeline Link With Iran

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 1:57 pm

Iranians work on a section of the pipeline on Monday.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Iran and Pakistan are moving closer to completion of a nearly 1,000-mile natural gas pipeline linking the two countries, despite U.S. objections that it could become a source of hard currency for Tehran in defiance of international sanctions.

Monday marks the beginning of construction on Pakistan's part of the pipeline, which will consist of a 485-mile run. Iran has already completed most of its 760 miles of the link, which will stretch from Assaluyeh along Iran's Persian Gulf coast to Nawabshah in Pakistan's Sindh province.

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8:24am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Thousands of Dead Pigs Clog Shanghai's Main Water Source

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 1:52 pm

Dead pigs collected by sanitation workers from Shanghai's main waterway on Monday.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Authorities have pulled more than 2,800 dead pigs out of Shanghai's main source of tap water — the Huangpu River. And they're still counting, according to reports on Monday.

The discovery has raised fears of drinking water contamination in China's most populous city, although state media reports that officials have run tests and determined that so far there's nothing to fear.

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5:39am

Sat March 9, 2013
Asia

How Credible Are North Korea's Threats?

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 8:18 am

North Korea's rhetoric has been particularly aggressive recently, but analysts say it remains difficult to gauge the country's intentions and its military capabilities.
Pedro Ugarte AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to talking a big game, no one does it better than the North Koreans.

Just this week, Pyongyang vowed to turn Seoul, the capital of archrival South Korea, into a "sea of fire," promised to launch a "pre-emptive strike on the headquarters of the aggressors" (read: the United States) and called on its army to "annihilate the enemy."

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10:06am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Coroner: Zoo Intern May Have Been Killed After Lion Lifted Cage Handle

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 12:19 pm

An undated photo of Dianna Hanson provided by her brother, Paul Hanson.
Paul Hanson Associated Press

A woman killed by a 550-pound male lion at a conservancy near Fresno, Calif., earlier this week may have been caught by surprise after the animal escaped its cage, investigators say.

According to a preliminary autopsy, Dianna Hanson, a 24-year-old intern for Cat Haven, was killed Wednesday when the lion snapped her neck.

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9:02am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Pyongyang To Cut North-South Hotline, Cancel Nonaggression Pact

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 12:22 pm

A North Korean soldier reacts as he patrols along the Yalu River near the Chinese border last month.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

North Korea responded to new U.N. sanctions aimed at starving its nuclear program by vowing to cut a Cold War-style hotline and scrap a nonaggression pact with the South.

State-run media said North Korea "abrogates all agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South ... and also notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline."

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2:29pm

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

South Florida Beaches Reopen After Shark Scare

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 2:30 pm

Several beaches in South Florida are open again following their closure earlier this week as a precautionary measure after thousands of migrating sharks were spotted near shore.

The Palm Beach Post reports that as of 9 a.m. ET, all Palm Beach County beaches were open because no more sharks had been spotted swimming near shore.

According to the newspaper:

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10:57am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

U.N. Security Council Approves New Sanctions On North Korea

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:54 pm

U.N. Security Council members vote to adopt sanctions against North Korea on Thursday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions on North Korea just hours after Pyongyang threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and its allies.

The Security Council's actions to clamp down on the North's nuclear program follow the country's third nuclear test, carried out last month in defiance of previous United Nations' sanctions.

The 15-0 Security Council vote Thursday includes China, which has backed North Korea in the past and is one of the country's few allies.

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9:26am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Egypt's Locust Plague Threatens Israel

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 8:44 am

Locusts land on a sand dune in Negev Desert, southern Israel on Tuesday.
Ariel Schalit Associated Press

A swarm of locusts that began in Egypt and has crossed the border into Israel is inviting comparison to one of the Biblical plagues of Exodus.

The New York Times says the swarms are "like a vivid enactment of the eighth plague visited upon the obdurate Pharaoh. Others with a more modern sensibility said it felt more like Hitchcock."

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8:14am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Suspect In New York City Hit-And-Run Surrenders To Police

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 1:18 pm

Julio Acevedo surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Timothy E. Wynkoop AP

Four days after a hit-and-run in Brooklyn that killed a young couple riding in a cab, suspect Julio Acevedo surrendered to police at a convenience store parking lot in Bethlehem, Pa.

The New York Times says:

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3:10pm

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Missing Soviet Soldier Found Alive In Afghanistan After 33 Years

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 3:26 pm

Destroyed Soviet tanks and armored vehicles in Afghanistan, a grim legacy of Moscow's decade-long occupation that began in 1979.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

More than three decades ago, Soviet soldier Bakhretdin Khakimov went missing in Afghanistan after he was wounded in battle with Afghan mujahedeen forces.

His whereabouts remained unknown until two weeks ago, when he was tracked down by a team from the Warriors-Internationalists Affairs Committee, a Moscow-based nonprofit that looks for Soviet MIAs in Afghanistan.

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12:37pm

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Europe Hits Microsoft With $731 Million Fine Over Browser Options

Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during a keynote address at the 2013 International CES in January.
David Becker Getty Images

Some sloppy coding on an update to Microsoft's Windows 7 two years ago has cost the computer giant a $731 million fine to the European Commission.

Microsoft said Wednesday it would not contest the fine, imposed for what the commission said was the company's abuse of its market dominance to stifle competitors' Web browsers.

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10:42am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

South Korea Vows Retaliation If Pyongyang Makes Good On Military Threat

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 11:12 am

A U.S. Marine takes part in a winter drill in South Korea last month.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

South Korea upped the ante Wednesday after Pyongyang threatened to scrap the armistice that ended a brutal war between the rival neighbors in 1953, promising retaliation for any North Korean attack.

"If North Korea carries out provocations that threaten the lives and safety of South Koreans, our military will carry out strong and resolute retaliations," South Korea's Gen. Kim Yong-hyun told reporters in Seoul.

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9:39am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Kerry Says He's Confident Arms Are Reaching Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 11:16 am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to U.S. Embassy staff in Doha on Wednesday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State John Kerry says he believes that arms are reaching the rebels in Syria and that the U.S. supports international efforts to put weapons in the hands of the opposition to step up pressure on President Bashar Assad.

At a news conference in Doha with Qatar's Prime Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, Kerry said Tuesday that "there are greater guarantees that weapons are being transferred to moderates and directly to the Syrian opposition."

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8:05am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Storm Brings Season's Heaviest Snowfall To Midwest, Mid-Atlantic

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 1:16 pm

Pedestrian on the street in Chicago on Tuesday
Brian Kersey Getty Images

The winter storm that has dumped several inches of snow from the Dakotas to Maryland is expected to linger over the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, bringing another 5 to 9 inches to many areas in the east.

Federal government offices in the nation's capital were closed Wednesday in anticipation of the wet, heavy snow, and many schools were closed in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Dulles and Reagan National airports.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET: A 'Bust' For D.C.?

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1:50pm

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Three Arrested In Booze Cruise Gone Bad Aboard Stolen Luxury Yacht

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 2:25 pm

Three people are in custody Tuesday in California, accused of commandeering an 82-foot luxury sailboat in Sausalito, partying through the night, and then running the yacht aground in the pounding surf off the beach at Pacifica.

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11:40am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Study Finds Climate Change To Open Arctic Sea Routes By 2050

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 1:22 pm

An iceberg in or just outside the Ilulissat fjord, which likely calved from Jakobshavn Isbrae, the fastest glacier in western Greenland, in May 2012. Polar ice sheets are now melting three times faster than in the 1990s.
Ian Joughin AP

Climate change will make commercial shipping possible from North America to Russia or Asia over the North Pole by the middle of the century, a new study says.

Two researchers at the University of California ran seven different climate models simulating two classes of vessels to see if they could make a relatively ice-free passage through the Arctic Ocean. In each case, the sea routes are sufficiently clear after 2049, they say.

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10:21am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Justin Bieber Apologizes For Delay In Start Of London Concert

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 10:42 am

Justin Bieber performs live at 02 Arena on Monday.
Jim Dyson Getty Images

Screaming, crying fans are par for the course if you're teen idol Justin Bieber. But this is a bit different.

After a Monday concert at London's O2 Arena that reportedly started two hours late, the 19-year-old pop star has been forced to apologize for upsetting disappointed young concertgoers and their angry parents.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Bieber issued his mea culpa:

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8:44am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Venezuela's Chavez Takes Turn For the Worse

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 9:10 am

A "proof of life" photo shows Chavez with his daughters, released Feb. 15 by Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Uncredited AP

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been battling cancer for months, is in a "very delicate" condition, with breathing difficulties and a severe respiratory infection, a government statement says.

The statement, read out Monday by Minister of Communications Ernesto Villegas, spells out the 58-year-old socialist leader's decline since his December surgery in Cuba for an unspecified cancer in the pelvic area:

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1:58pm

Mon March 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Retirement Home Defends Nurse's Refusal To Administer CPR

The head of a California retirement home where a nurse last week refused to administer CPR to an elderly woman says his staff followed policy in handling the emergency.

In a written statement, Jeffrey Toomer, the executive director of Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif., says it is the facility's practice "to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives. ... That is the protocol we followed."

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11:10am

Mon March 4, 2013
The Two-Way

French Commander Cautious About Al-Qaida Leaders' Deaths

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 12:10 pm

There's uncertainty over the supposed death of two top al-Qaida-affiliated leaders reportedly killed in West Africa.

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