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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2:15pm

Fri December 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Greece Condemns British Museum For Lending Out Elgin Marbles

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:06 pm

An undated handout image released by the British Museum of a headless sculpture of the river god Ilissos. The British Museum has put the sculpture, one of the Elgin Marbles, on loan to the Hermitage Museum in Russia, the first time one of the Parthenon sculptures has been lent.
AP

The Elgin Marbles, a collection of classical Greek sculptures that has been housed by the British Museum in London for nearly 200 years, will go on loan to Russia in a move Athens, which has long demanded their return, has called "an affront."

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said in a statement, according to the BBC: "We Greeks are one with our history and civilization, which cannot be broken up, loaned out, or conceded."

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1:15pm

Fri December 5, 2014
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China's Ex-Security Chief Arrested On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 8:04 pm

A 2012 photo of Zhou Yongkang, the then-Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security. Zhou has been arrested on charges of corruption and leaking state secrets.
Lee Jin-man AP

A former Chinese domestic security chief has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party on charges of bribery and leaking state secrets. Zhou Yongkang, who has been under investigation for months, becomes the highest-ranking leader to become ensnared in the country's high-profile crackdown on corruption.

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10:54am

Fri December 5, 2014
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A Year After Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines Braces For Another Big Hit

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 7:50 pm

A satellite image showing Super Typhoon Hagupit on Friday.
U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

Super Typhoon Hagupit, briefly downgraded before regaining strength, is set to smash into the Philippine coast on Saturday. The massive storm is already forcing tens of thousands of people to flee its predicted path, which might include a direct hit on the capital, Manila.

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3:40pm

Thu December 4, 2014
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Pentagon Says It Failed In Rescue Of American Hostage Last Month

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:18 pm

Luke Somers, 33, an American photojournalist who was kidnapped over a year ago by al-Qaida, poses for a picture during a parade marking the second anniversary of the revolution in Sanaa, Yemen.
Hani Mohammed AP

The Pentagon says it launched a mission in Yemen last month to snatch hostages from al-Qaida-affiliated captors, but that they failed to rescue British-born American Luke Somers among others because they "were not present at the targeted location."

In a written statement released today, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the operation involved ground and air components and was conducted in cooperation with the Yemeni military. It said details of the operation remain classified.

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2:40pm

Thu December 4, 2014
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Ex-Justice Of The Peace Found Guilty In Texas Revenge Killing

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:13 pm

Eric Williams (right) makes his way into the courtroom on the second day of his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, on Tuesday.
Vernon Bryant AP

A former Texas justice of the peace has been found guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of a district attorney, the DA's wife and an assistant prosecutor in a rural suburb of Dallas last year.

Eric Williams, 47, faces a possible death sentence for killing Cynthia McLelland, the wife of slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. He has also been charged separately in the killings of Mike McLelland and prosecutor Mark Hasse, according to The Associated Press.

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11:43am

Thu December 4, 2014
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China To End Organ Harvesting From Executed Inmates

Relatives of deceased organ donors mourn for them at a ceremony unveiling a monument for the organ donors in April in Chongqing, China.
Feature China/ Barcroft Media Barcroft Media/Landov

China says it will halt the controversial practice of harvesting human organs for transplant from executed prisoners beginning on Jan. 1 in what The New York Times describes as "the firmest deadline given to date for ending" the practice.

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8:33am

Thu December 4, 2014
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NASA Scrubs Launch Of Orion Spacecraft

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:38 pm

NASA's Orion spaceship early Thursday in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Chris O'Meara AP

Update at 9:35 a.m. ET

NASA's Orion spacecraft, which could one day send astronauts to Mars, is stuck on terra firma for at least another day after the space agency's mission control was unable to satisfactorily resolve a number of issues before a 9:45 a.m. ET launch window closed.

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1:31pm

Sun November 30, 2014
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Hong Kong Police Push Back Pro-Democracy Protesters

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 2:38 pm

Pro-democracy protesters set up a new roadblock close to the chief executive office in Hong Kong late Sunday.
Tyrone Siu Reuters/Landov

In Hong Kong, thousands of pro-democracy protesters wearing hard hats and masks clashed with police as they attempted to storm the office of the territory's leader, who they have repeatedly demanded step down.

Chanting "Surround government headquarters!" and "Open the road!" students marched toward buildings in Admiralty, next to Hong Kong's central business district, according to Reuters.

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11:30am

Sun November 30, 2014
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Kabul's Police Chief Steps Down Amid Stepped-Up Taliban Attacks

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 2:35 pm

Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday — one of several in recent days that appears to signal a major upsurge in Taliban violence in the city.
Rahmat Gul AP

Kabul's police chief is stepping down after a series of deadly militant attacks on foreigners that have shaken the capital in recent days.

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9:56am

Sun November 30, 2014
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Black Friday Sales Down At Stores, Surge Online

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 2:33 pm

Shoppers Manuel Orellano, middle, with his daughter Marcela, left, and her son Manuel, 6, shop for children's clothing at JCPenney at Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif, on Friday.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Black Friday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores in the United States was down about 7 percent from a year ago, according to ShopperTrak, but more purchases on Thanksgiving Day nearly made up the difference. Meanwhile, online retailers recorded double-digit year-on-year increases in sales.

ShopperTrak says Friday store sales hit $9.1 billion, but that shoppers spent $3.2 billion on Thanksgiving — a 24 percent increase for sales on that day from over last year. Overall, it represented a 0.5 percent drop from last year.

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8:58am

Sun November 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Police In Cairo Disperse Anti-Mubarak Protests

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 2:24 pm

Anti-Mubarak protesters shout slogans against the government and military on Saturday, after murder charges against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were dismissed.
Ambr Abdallah Dalsh Reuters/Landov

At least two people were reportedly killed in Cairo's Tahrir Square and 15 others wounded as police sought to disperse a rally protesting a court's decision to drop murder charges against former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak.

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8:24am

Sun November 30, 2014
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Ferguson Mayor: Police Will Recruit More Minorities

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 2:46 pm

A man is arrested by police after kneeling in the street during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday.
Jeff Roberson AP

Update at 2:45 p.m. ET

The mayor of Ferguson, Mo., says he plans to launch a number of initiatives to calm tensions in the the city in the wake of the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

James Knowles, speaking at a news conference today, said the city was creating a civilian review board that would provide input on police affairs. He also said the city would begin a scholarship program to recruit more black officers in the town where African-Americans make up more than half the population but only a handful of the police force.

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3:10pm

Sat November 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand Dies At 80

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 3:38 pm

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand (right) with Mexican author and Nobel Prize winner for literature, Ocatavio Paz, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in 1995. Strand has died of cancer at age 80.
Joe Cavareta AP

Mark Strand, a former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner whose verse is recognized for its wit and introspection, has died at age 80 from cancer, according to his daughter and a close family friend.

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1:16pm

Sat November 29, 2014
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Taiwan's Premier Quits After Ruling Party's Ballot Box Rebuff

Taiwan Premier Jiang Yi-huah bows during a news conference in Taipei after the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party was defeated in the local elections on Saturday.
MIinshen Lin Reuters/Landov

Taiwan's Prime Minister Jiang Yi-huah has resigned his post after the ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) experienced a crushing defeat at the polls in local elections.

Saturday's polls, widely seen as a referendum on President Ma Ying-jeou ahead of presidential elections two years from now, resulted in the KMT losing key districts across the island. The KMT has dominated Taiwanese politics since nationalist Chinese forces retreated there in the face of Communist advances on the mainland in the late 1940s.

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11:17am

Sat November 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Taliban Attack A Second Foreign Guesthouse In Kabul

Afghan security personnel secure the site of a bomb explosion in Kabul on Saturday.
Jawad Jalali EPA/Landov

For the second time in as many days, a foreign guesthouse in the Afghan capital came under attack by Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen.

NPR's Sean Carberry reports that police initially believed two or three militants entered the compound in Kabul's western Karte Seh district. He said one South African woman who was a resident at the house and managed to escape told him that as many as 12 people, including children, were trapped inside. Later, Reuters quoted an Afghan official as saying "all three" attackers were dead.

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10:13am

Sat November 29, 2014
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13,000 Modern Slaves Working In U.K., London Says

Police help a potential victim of trafficking as they raid a brothel in west London in 2011. Note: the victim's face is obscured to protect her identity.
Lewis Whyld PA Photos/Landov

As many as 13,000 people in the U.K. are victims of modern slavery, including sex trafficking, those "imprisoned" as domestic helpers, factory workers and on fishing boats, according to a new analysis release by Britain's Home Office.

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9:28am

Sat November 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Few Arrests In Ferguson Amid Largely Peaceful Protests

Police in Ferguson, Mo., arrested 15 people overnight amid continued, though mostly peaceful, protests following a grand jury's decision earlier this week not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black youth Michael Brown.

Small protests were also held in Oakland, Calif., Seattle and Chicago.

Those arrested in Ferguson — all but one residing out-of-state — were charged with disturbing the peace.

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8:18am

Sat November 29, 2014
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Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak's Murder Conviction

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 8:44 am

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 86, lies on a gurney next to his son, Gamal, second left, in the defendants cage, during a court hearing in Cairo, on Saturday. He and his sons saw earlier convictions on murder overturned by the court.
Tarek el-Gabbas AP

A court in Egypt dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of hundreds of anti-government protesters during a 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ousted the long-time strongman.

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6:02pm

Fri November 28, 2014
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Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

A photo from 2011 shows Roberto Gómez Bolaños and his wife Florinda Meza at the 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington. Bolaños reportedly died on Friday at age 85.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Roberto Gómez Bolaños, a popular Mexican comedic actor and screenwriter known by the nickname "Chespirito," has died at age 85 after a long illness, Latin Times reports.

The newspaper says Bolaños died of heart failure in Cancun.

The Associated Press notes: "His morning show was a staple for preschoolers, much like Captain Kangaroo in the United States.

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3:33pm

Fri November 28, 2014
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Ray Rice Wins Appeal, Reinstated By NFL

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 4:59 pm

Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, on Nov. 5. in New York.
Jason DeCrow AP

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced earlier this year that showed him hitting his then-fiancee, has won an appeal and will be reinstated by the NFL.

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1:33pm

Fri November 28, 2014
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Attack On Mosque In Nigeria Kills Dozens

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 2:35 pm

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

More than 60 people are dead and as many wounded in an attack on a mosque in northern Nigeria as worshipers were attending Friday prayers.

The BBC says three explosions were reported at the mosque in Kano, and that the attackers also turned gunfire on the worshipers.

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12:40pm

Fri November 28, 2014
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Texas Man Killed After Firing At Government Buildings

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 1:06 pm

Police tape marks off the scene after authorities apparently shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday.
Jim Vertuno AP

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET

A gunman who fired more than 100 rounds into government buildings in Austin, Texas, and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate early this morning is dead.

Kate McGee reports for member station KUT that initially officers thought the man might also be wearing an explosive vest, but after a bomb squad examined the body, determined that he was not.

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11:56am

Fri November 28, 2014
The Two-Way

America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

Police are on guard as shoppers line up for a Black Friday sale at a Tesco store in Cardiff, Britain.
Mattthew Horwood EPA/Landov

Black Friday is in full swing in U.S. stores and online, with shoppers across the country hoping to snatch up Christmas bargains.

The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales over the same period last year, bringing the total to $616.9 billion. It would be the biggest jump in sales since 2011. The NRF has a breakdown of shopping behavior last year posted here.

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10:23am

Fri November 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Video Of Woman Dancing On Tehran's Subway Goes Viral

A video of an Iranian woman defying the country's laws by dancing in a Tehran's subway train has gone viral on the Internet in recent days.

The unidentified woman, who also loses her hijab head covering during the dance, gyrates wildly to a song the British pop group Little Mix as fellow passengers look on.

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9:07am

Fri November 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Experts Predict Low Oil Prices Through Next Year

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 11:29 am

A Rosneft oil rig at the Vankor oil field in eastern Siberia. Russia is already feeling the pinch of low oil prices.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

OPEC's decision not to cut production continues to reverberate through global oil markets, with the price of Europe's benchmark Brent crude falling to a four-year low today — bad news for petroleum exporters in the Middle East and Russia, but good news for nearly everyone else.

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4:43pm

Thu November 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Thailand Blocks Access To Damaging Human Rights Report

Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a news conference after a Cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, earlier this month.
Rachen Sageansak Xinhua/Landov

Thailand's military junta has apparently blocked domestic access to a scathing new report from U.S.-based Human Rights Watch which describes the country as having fallen into an "apparently bottomless pit" since Army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power six months ago.

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3:51pm

Thu November 27, 2014
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WTO Members Approve Historic Trade Deal

The World Trade Organization has received the unanimous backing of its 160 member nations for a first-ever multilateral trade deal, an agreement that has been years in the making and that the organization claims could add $1 trillion annually to global commerce.

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2:47pm

Thu November 27, 2014
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Indian Investigators Deny Village Girls Were Raped, Murdered

Women gather in the courtyard at the home of the two young victims' family in the village of Katra Sahadatganj in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. India's largest state is under pressure to address atrocities against women.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Two teenagers who were found hanging from a tree outside a village in northern India in May in an apparent rape-and-murder may have taken their own lives, Indian officials now say.

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11:36am

Thu November 27, 2014
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Attacks In The Afghan Capital Kill 5

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 5:11 pm

A closed circuit security camera shows Afghan security forces responding to an attack on a compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.
AP

Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET

At least five people are dead in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after after a suicide bombing attack on a British embassy vehicle. A guesthouse run by a foreign aid agency in the diplomatic area of the city also came under attack.

The BBC says that "a British worker and an Afghan member of staff among those killed.

"The Briton who died was a member of the embassy security team, as was another UK national who was wounded.

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11:13am

Thu November 27, 2014
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Oil Prices Tumble After OPEC Holds Firm On Output

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:53 am

The lowest gas prices in years are seen Wednesday on a fuel sign in Lawrence, Kan. A day later, OPEC decided to maintain current production levels, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the pump.
Orlin Wagner AP

Update at 5:50 p.m. ET

OPEC oil ministers have agreed to keep production levels steady, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the gas pump and lower costs for jet fuel that could translate into cheaper air-ticket prices.

Reuters reports: "Benchmark Brent futures settled at $72.58 a barrel, down $5.17, after hitting a four-year low of $71.25 earlier in the session. The contract was on track for its biggest monthly fall since 2008. U.S. crude was last down $4.64 at $69.05 a barrel."

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