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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4:36pm

Wed May 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Justice: Prison Compassionate Release Programs Inconsistent

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 9:18 pm

Inmates file by a guard tower at California's Chino State Prison in 2010.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

"Compassionate release" programs that free inmates with terminal illnesses and limited life expectancies are poorly run and lack clear standards, the Department of Justice's inspector general said on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports:

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2:58pm

Wed May 1, 2013
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NASA Details Space Telescope's Cosmic Near Miss

This diagram shows Fermi and Cosmos 1805 on a collision course.
NASA

A new video reveals just how close NASA came last year to losing its $500 million Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in a narrowly averted collision with a defunct, Cold War-era Soviet spy satellite.

On March 29, 2012, Julie McEnery, the project scientist for Fermi, received an automatically generated email warning that the two satellites were due in just a few days to pass within 700 feet of one another as their respective orbits crossed.

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12:14pm

Wed May 1, 2013
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Pakistani Army Chief Unhappy Over Treatment Of Musharraf

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 1:48 pm

Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, talks to media in northern Pakistan last year.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

The army chief in Pakistan, a country with a long history of military coups, has hinted that he's unhappy with the detention of former President and ex-General Pervez Musharraf.

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11:33am

Wed May 1, 2013
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Pew Study: Many Muslims Believe In Mixing Mosque And State

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:13 pm

Faithful in Bangladesh offer Friday prayers during a street protest in the capital, Dhaka, in March.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Most Muslims around the globe tend to be deeply committed to their faith and believe that it should shape not only their personal lives, but the societies they live in, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center (PDF).

Pew's face-to-face survey of more than 38,000 Muslims, including many in the United States, between 2008-12 produced a telling snapshot of attitudes and beliefs.

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10:15am

Wed May 1, 2013
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Don't Miss The Premiere Of The World's Smallest Movie

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 9:53 am

A still from A Boy and His Atom.
IBM
  • Bob Mondello's Review

If only there was an Oscar for "Smallest Movie," a group of IBM nanophysicists would be a shoo-in with their new one-minute stop-motion video starring 130 atoms.

A Boy and His Atom, which debuts Wednesday, has already been certified by the Guinness folks as the "world's smallest movie."

While it isn't exactly the most complicated story line — the nearly monochrome video features a boy, appropriately named Adam, who dances and plays with a toy atom — what's really amazing is how they did it.

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3:45pm

Tue April 30, 2013
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No More Politics For Pakistan's Musharraf, Court Orders

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 5:01 pm

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is escorted from a courtroom on April 20.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been banned for life from running for political office, a high court ruled on Tuesday.

The move by the Peshawar High Court appears to end the possibility that Musharraf, who returned to the country last month after four years in self-imposed exile, will stand in the May 11 parliamentary elections as he had hoped.

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3:16pm

Tue April 30, 2013
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NBA Player Jason Collins Could Snag Endorsements, Speaking Gigs

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 4:04 pm

Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards rebounds against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center earlier this month in Chicago.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

For Jason Collins, coming out just might prove a winning career strategy.

Before this week, the NBA center seemed like just another second-tier professional athlete, slouching toward retirement while still in his 30s. But all that changed overnight when Collins acknowledged he was gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine published Monday.

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3:06pm

Tue April 30, 2013
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Cyprus Passes Tough Financial Bailout Package

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 3:25 pm

A Cypriot left-wing supporter sits in the shade during a protest outside the Parliament in Nicosia on Tuesday.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

Lawmakers in Cyprus approved a controversial $13 billion bailout from international lenders that's aimed at keeping the country from a messy default and withdrawal from the eurozone.

The agreement, which totals $30 billion when Cyprus' own contributions are included, passed 29-27 in the 56-seat Parliament.

The ruling center-right Democratic Rally party and its ally, the Democratic party, voted for the measure.

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10:18am

Tue April 30, 2013
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New Arizona Law: Guns From Buybacks Can't Be Destroyed

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:38 am

Detective Enrique Chavez logs weapons from a gun buyback in Miami. Arizona's new law requires municipalities to re-sell weapons recovered in such programs.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Cities in Arizona that conduct buyback programs to get guns off the street will now be required to re-sell those weapons, according to a new law signed by the governor.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation late Monday "preventing local governments from melting down the weapons obtained from these popular civic events. Before the new law, the state had allowed such firearms to be destroyed," according to Reuters.

The news agency says:

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9:21am

Tue April 30, 2013
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Bombing In Syrian Capital Kills At Least 13 People

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:15 am

Syrian government security officers after a blast in the Marjeh district of Damascus on Tuesday.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Syrian state TV is reporting that a bomb blast in Damascus has killed at least 13 people, a day after the country's prime minister narrowly escaped a car bomb.

The Associated Press reports:

"The bombings appear to be part of an accelerated campaign by opposition forces seeking to topple President Bashar Assad to strike at his heavily protected seat of power. ...

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4:23pm

Mon April 29, 2013
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Iceland Elects Three Pirate Party MPs

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:07 pm

Supporters of the German Pirate Party attend a meeting in Berlin in February.
Adam Berry Getty Images

Iceland has become the first country to elect members of parliament from the Pirate Party — an international online freedom movement.

Three Pirate Party MPs will take seats following historic polls in Iceland that saw a new coalition come to power on a promise of easing economic austerity measures.

According to The Associated Press:

"The conservative Independence Party and rural-based Progressive Party — who governed Iceland for decades before the 2008 [economic] crash — each had 19 seats in Iceland's 63-seat parliament, the Althingi. ...

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3:09pm

Mon April 29, 2013
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Afghan President Says CIA Cash Payments Were Small And Legit

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 3:40 pm

Afghan President Hamid Karzai with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (center) and Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen on Monday.
Heikki Saukkomaa AFP/Getty Images

Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged on Monday that for the past decade or more, his office has been receiving secret cash payments from the CIA, but that it's only small amounts used for "operational" purposes.

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1:54pm

Mon April 29, 2013
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Passes First Rocket Test

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 4:02 pm

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo — designed to carry paying passengers beyond Earth's atmosphere — passed a key test Monday, shooting past the speed of sound under its own rocket power.

The spacecraft developed by Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture dropped from its mother ship over the Mojave Desert and then, for the first time, fired its engine. It hit Mach 1.2 and reached an altitude of 56,000 feet before gliding to a landing.

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12:18pm

Mon April 29, 2013
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Justices Let Stand Block On Alabama's Tough Immigration Law

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 4:57 pm

People lined up to enter the U.S. Supreme Court building last week.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a lower court ruling that effectively bars Alabama from enforcing an anti-immigration law that was considered one of the toughest in the nation.

In an 8-to-1 vote, the justices let stand the lower court decision that prevents the state from enforcing the 2011 law. Justice Antonin Scalia was the sole dissenter, and did so without comment.

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9:20am

Mon April 29, 2013
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Bangladesh Rescuers Give Up On Finding Survivors Of Collapse

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 7:57 pm

Bangladeshi rescue workers take a break Friday on the rubble of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. By Friday, the death toll reached 300 as rescuers continued to search for injured and missing.
Kevin Frayer AP

Several arrests have been made in connection with the collapse of an illegally constructed garment factory in Bangladesh last week that killed at least 380 people outside the capital, Dhaka. Meanwhile, rescuers say they have given up hope of finding anyone else alive.

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7:13pm

Fri April 26, 2013
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Hijacked Driver Helped Police Track Boston Bombing Suspects

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 7:19 am

A lucky escape and quick thinking by the man who says he was carjacked by Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have helped police catch the brothers, according to Eric Moskowitz, a Boston Globe reporter who got an exclusive interview with the driver.

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1:38pm

Fri April 26, 2013
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Dutch Authorities Nab Suspect In 'Unprecedented' Cyberattack

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 2:05 pm

Authorities say they have arrested a Dutch national in Spain in connection with a March cyberattack widely described as the largest in Internet history.

According to The Associated Press, Dutch prosecutors say the 35-year-old suspect, who is identified only by his initials, S.K., was taken into custody on Thursday.

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10:15am

Fri April 26, 2013
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South Korean Workers To Leave Industrial Zone In North

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 1:44 pm

South Korean soldiers stand beside barricades as cars drive on the road leading to North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex on Friday.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

South Korea has ordered the withdrawal of its workers from a jointly run industrial zone in North Korea, in a further sign of how relations have gone from bad to worse between the two countries in recent weeks.

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10:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
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Rescuers Still Hope For Survivors In Bangladesh Collapse

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 10:20 am

Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers at the site of the factory on Friday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Rescue workers are still hoping to find survivors from the collapse of an eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh that has killed more than 300 people and left hundreds missing.

Meanwhile, angry relatives of the missing have clashed with police, blaming authorities for the catastrophe at Rana Plaza in Savar, an industrial suburb of the capital, Dhaka.

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1:25pm

Thu April 25, 2013
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White House: Evidence Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 5:55 pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates after reading a statement on chemical weapon use.
Pool Getty Images

Update at 5:45 p.m. ET. 'All Options' On The Table

A White House official reiterated much of what was in the letter sent to Capitol Hill, but added that "all options were on the table in terms of our response."

The official said that reports of the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo in March was one of the incidents being examined.

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11:22am

Thu April 25, 2013
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Google Agrees To Change Display Of Search Results In Europe

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 12:16 pm

Google makes a deal with the EU.
Adam Berry Getty Images

Google has agreed to modify the way it displays search results in Europe as part of a deal to end a probe by the EU's antitrust body. But rivals Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle will first have to sign off on the changes, reports say.

As ZDNet writes:

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11:01am

Thu April 25, 2013
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Fire Out After Fuel-Barge Explosion In Alabama

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 12:09 pm

A huge fire triggered by explosions aboard two fuel barges moored in Mobile, Ala., has been put out, but three people have been left with critical burns, The Associated Press reports. The blaze forced the evacuation of a nearby cruise ship.

Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman said in a statement that the cause of the fires, which broke out Wednesday night on the east side of the Mobile River, had not been determined.

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9:46am

Thu April 25, 2013
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Anger Rises Along With Death Toll At Bangladesh Factory

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 11:31 pm

Volunteers use a length of textile as a slide to move victims Thursday from the rubble of a collapsed building in Savar, Bangladesh.
AFP/Getty Images

Update at 11:28 p.m. ET: Toll At 275

Authorities said early Friday that 275 bodies have been recovered from the site.

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder, head of the rescue operation, said 61 people had been rescued since Thursday afternoon, according to The Associated Press. More than 2,000 people have been rescued since the building's collapse on Wednesday.

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4:44pm

Wed April 24, 2013
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Redesigned $100 Bill To Go Into Circulation After Long Delay

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 8:30 pm

The new Ben Franklin.
Newmoney.gov

The redesigned U.S. $100 bill will begin appearing after October with new security features that will make it "easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate," the U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

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3:11pm

Wed April 24, 2013
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1960s Satellite Images Add To Evidence Of Shrinking Sea Ice

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:30 am

An artist's rendering of the Nimbus 1.
NASA

Scientists have digitized and analyzed imagery taken by one of the first U.S. weather satellites to create a montage showing the extent of polar sea ice in 1964 so they can compare it to more recent satellite photos.

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11:40am

Wed April 24, 2013
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China Calls Planned U.S.-Japan Drills 'Provocative'

File photo from China's Xinhua News Agency, of one of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands that are in dispute.
Uncredited Associated Press

China says Japan's decision to participate in joint military exercises with the United States will not dampen its resolve to defend its claim to a disputed island chain that has been a recurring source of tension between the Asian neighbors.

In reference to the joint drills, planned for June, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said "foreign pressure" cannot sway China from protecting its territorial sovereignty in the East China Sea.

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10:06am

Wed April 24, 2013
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Boeing To Resume 787 Deliveries; NTSB Probes Certification

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 11:11 am

NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman during Tuesday's hearing.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Update at 10:50 a.m. ET: Boeing to resume deliveries of 787s

Boeing, which had delivered about 50 of its new passenger aircraft before battery failures in January grounded the plane, says it will resume deliveries to airline customers in early May, The Associated Press reports.

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8:40am

Wed April 24, 2013
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Dozens Killed In Collapse Of Bangladesh Garment Complex

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 1:27 pm

Relatives mourn a victim at the site of the building collapse.
A.M. Ahad AP

More than 85 people are dead and scores injured in Bangladesh after the collapse of an eight-story building on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka.

The building, called Rana Plaza, housed several garment factories in the town of Savar. A firefighter at the scene told Reuters that about 2,000 people were inside when the upper floors jolted down on top of each other Wednesday.

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4:16pm

Tue April 23, 2013
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Allan Arbus, Who Played Psychiatrist On TV's 'M.A.S.H.,' Dies At 95

Allan Arbus on the left, with fellow M.A.S.H. stars Loretta Swit, Mike Farrell, Burt Metcalfe, Alan Alda, Kellye Nakahara Wallet and Wayne Rogers at an awards ceremony in 2009.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Allan Arbus, best known for his recurring role as psychiatrist Sidney Freedman on the hit television comedy M.A.S.H., has died at age 95, his family says.

Arbus died Friday due to congestive heart failure, his daughter said in a statement. His second wife, Mariclare Costello Arbus, told Reuters that her husband "just got weaker and weaker and was at home with his daughter and me" when he passed away.

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2:05pm

Tue April 23, 2013
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Pew: Wealthiest Experience Big Boost In Post-Recession Worth

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:40 pm

Falling home prices from 2009-2011 contributed to the disparity.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Some 93 percent of Americans saw their mean net worth fall in the first two years of the post-recession recovery, while the remaining 7 percent increased net worth by nearly a third, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.

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