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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4:22pm

Sat August 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Fire Threatens Celebrity Resort Homes In Idaho

In this photo released by the U.S. Forest Service, firefighters stand watch near the perimeter of the Elk Complex fire near Pine, Idaho, earlier this week.
Uncredited Associated Press

An evacuation order in Idaho has been expanded to include 1,600 homes, including many in the resort community of Sun Valley, officials say.

The 100-square mile Beaver Creek Fire expanded rapidly on Friday, whipped up by 30 mph winds and low humidity, officials say.

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12:49pm

Sat August 17, 2013
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Alabama Tops Associated Press' Preseason Football Poll

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 8:31 pm

Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after defeating LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans.
Gerald Herbert Associated Press

Alabama has snagged the top spot in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as the team sets its sights on a third-straight national title.

The AP writes:

"The [Crimson] Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.

The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.

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11:37am

Sat August 17, 2013
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Mid-Atlantic Dolphin Die-Off Leaves Scientists Puzzled

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 7:25 pm

An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key in Marathon, Fla., in July.
Wilfredo Lee Associated Press

Dead dolphins have been washing up in alarming numbers on mid-Atlantic beaches since July as scientists struggle to find a cause for the largest such die-off in a quarter-century.

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9:22am

Sat August 17, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA: Meteor In Russia Threw Up Globe-Girdling Plume Of Debris

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 8:19 pm

A meteor trail is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15.
AFP/Getty Images

The bus-sized meteor that slammed into Russia in February, causing a massive shock-wave and injuring hundreds of people, sent a plume of dust into the stratosphere that circled the globe in just four days and lingered for months, NASA says.

The Feb. 15 meteor at Chelyabinsk near Russia's southern border with Kazakhstan measured 60 feet across and weighed 12,000 tons. It detonated 15 miles above the city.

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8:13am

Sat August 17, 2013
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Dozens Dead, 'Huge' Number Missing In Philippine Ferry Sinking

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 8:22 am

A survivor cries as she arrives at hospital in Cebu after a ferry collided with a cargo ship in Cebu, central Philippines on Friday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

More than 30 people died and nearly 175 reportedly remained missing after a ferry collided with a cargo vessel and sank in the central Philippines.

Reuters reports that a gaping hole was left in the bow of the cargo ship after the collision with the ferry, MV Thomas Aquinas, on Friday near the country's second-largest city of Cebu:

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7:04pm

Fri August 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Kyrgyz Officials Shut Down Alcohol-Smuggling Pipeline

A new pipeline between the Central Asian republics of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan was until recently pumping away. Not oil, though — moonshine.

Customs and border officials in Kyrgyzstan uncovered the "makeshift underwater pipeline" on the bed of the Chu River, which divides the two countries. Officials think smugglers have sent thousands of liters of grain alcohol through the conduit from Kazakhstan.

The BBC writes:

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7:00pm

Fri August 16, 2013
The Two-Way

N.J. Governor Gives Provisional OK to Medical Pot For Kids

Marijuana plants growing at a legal not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles last year.
David McNew Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie agreed to ease restrictions on medical marijuana for chronically ill children, but he won't go as far as lawmakers would like.

NPR's Joel Rose reports that Christie, a Republican, has rejected part of a bill that would allow young patients access to an ingestible form of marijuana at state-approved dispensaries without the approval of a psychiatrist and pediatrician.

His partial veto sends the bill back to the Democratic-controlled Legislature for approval before it becomes law.

The Associated Press reports:

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4:56pm

Fri August 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Embarrassed, Thai University Removes Anti-Cheating Hats

This is the photo of exam-taking Kasetsart University students that went viral.
Facebook via Coconuts Bangkok

Wandering eyes at test time is hardly a new problem, but a photo of one classroom's unique solution has proved an embarrassment for Kasetsart University in Thailand, The Bangkok Post reports.

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2:56pm

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Zoo In China Swaps Dog For Lion, Hopes No One Notices

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 3:07 pm

Close enough? A Tibetan mastiff, like this one, was placed in the African lion exhibit at a zoo in China's central Henan province.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Visitors to a zoo in China got a rude surprise when the lion started barking.

Turns out it was no lion, but just a Tibetan mastiff, a large, hairy breed of dog — which, for what it's worth, more closely resembles the king of the jungle than does perhaps any other domestic canine.

Apparently, officials in Louhe city zoo in central Henan province hoped no one would notice when they decided to make the switch and send the enclosure's regular resident, an African lion, away to a breeding center.

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12:49pm

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'Mature' Galaxies Around Not Long After Big Bang, Study Says

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:42 pm

Chart showing galaxy formation 11 billion years ago.
ESA/Hubble

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope to peer some 11 billion light-years into space and as many years back in time have seen something they didn't expect: fully formed galaxies when the universe was still quite young.

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10:52am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Pine Ridge Reservation Lifts Century-Old Alcohol Ban

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 12:25 pm

A sign on a building in Whiteclay, Neb., urging Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents to approve the legalization of alcohol sales.
Carson Walker AP

Native Americans at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota have voted to overturn a more than century-old ban on alcohol in a decision that critics say will spur an increase in already high rates of domestic abuse, suicide and infant mortality.

Tribe members finalized the vote count Wednesday: 1,871 for legalization and 1,679 against.

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9:41am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Wal-Mart Blames Economy And Payroll Taxes For Slowed Earnings

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:23 pm

Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Wal-Mart is blaming depressed demand amid a still-shaky economy and a rise in payroll taxes for disappointing earnings in the quarter ending July 31.

The world's largest retailer said Thursday that its net income rose to $4.07 billion, barely above the $4.02 billion it earned in the same quarter last year.

According to Reuters, sales at U.S. stores that have been open for at least one year fell 0.3 percent.

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12:31pm

Sun August 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Reactor Powered Up On First 'Made in India' Nuclear Sub

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 12:44 pm

A Russian Akula-class sub in Brest harbor, western France, in 2004. The INS Arihant is said to be based on this Cold War design.
Fred Tanneau AFP/Getty Images

India has activated the reactor aboard the INS Arihant, believed to be the first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine designed and built outside the Cold War "nuclear club."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the event a "giant stride in ... our indigenous technological capabilities."

It's the first nuclear-powered submarine built in India and the first such vessel constructed by a country other than the United States, U.K., France, Russia or China.

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11:25am

Sun August 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Family Rescued In Pacific After Sailing 'Where God Led Us'

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 2:59 pm

The Gastonguays hoped to reach the vast archipelago nation of Kiribati, part of which is shown in this 2001 photo.
Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images

A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane after a harrowing ordeal at sea that saw them adrift and nearly out of food in one of the remotest stretches of ocean on the planet.

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9:28am

Sun August 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Israel OKs New Settlement Construction In West Bank

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 8:20 am

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat speaks to the media with Israel's chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (left) and Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on July 30.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Israel's housing minister has given the green light to build 1,200 apartments in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, complicating newly revived peace talks with the Palestinians.

The decision comes as the two sides prepare for a second round of talks in Jerusalem after a high-level meeting in Washington, D.C., on July 31 — the first in five years.

The Associated Press writes:

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7:57am

Sun August 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Police Rescue Teen, Kill Suspect In Idaho Wilderness

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 4:13 pm

Authorities wait near a blackhawk helicopter at the Cascade Airport in Cascade, Idaho, on Saturday as they comb Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
Robby Milo Associated Press

An intense, week-long search for teenager Hannah Anderson and her alleged abductor ended in the Idaho wilderness when police shot and killed the suspect and rescued the girl.

Suspected kidnapper James DiMaggio, 40, was killed by an FBI agent after his campsite was discovered on Saturday in an aerial search of the rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, about 40 miles from the town of Cascade, Idaho.

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5:17pm

Sat August 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Wave Of Bombings At Ramadan's End Kills Dozens In Iraq

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 6:40 pm

Smoke rises frome the scene of a car bomb attack in Kadhimiya, Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday.
Associated Press

At least 60 people are dead in Iraq after a wave of car bombs in mainly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad as Muslims observe the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. Scores more are reported wounded.

The attacks come amid an especially violent Ramadan for Iraq. The BBC reports that more than 650 people have been killed since the start of the annual Islamic fasting period. The news agency says in the latest attack, 11 bombs have ripped through cafes, markets and restaurants in at least nine different Baghdad districts.

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2:12pm

Sat August 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Kills Six

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 2:47 pm

Hindu devotees make an offering to the gods at the edge of a volcano during a festival in East Java in July. Indonesia is among the most volcanically active regions in the world.
Trisnadi Associated Press

Six people have been killed by lava and ash from an erupting volcano on a tiny island in Indonesia.

Authorities in Indonesia say that Mount Rokatenda, a volcano that had been rumbling since last year on the island of Palue, finally erupted, spewing ash and rock three miles into the sky.

The hot debris from the eruption covered a nearby beach, where four adults and two children were killed.

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11:56am

Sat August 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Sheriff: Calif. Girl Rescued, Alleged Abductor Killed In Rural Idaho

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 9:13 pm

A combination of undated file photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16.
Uncredited Associated Press

(Updated 8:40 p.m. ET)

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson, the subject of a multistate police search, was rescued alive Saturday, and the suspect in her abduction was killed in rural Idaho, the San Diego County, Calif., sheriff announced Saturday.

"Hannah was successfully rescued, and appears to be in pretty good shape," said Sheriff William Gore at a news conference.

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11:00am

Sat August 10, 2013
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Ex-Microsoft VP, Son Dead In Connecticut Plane Crash

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 2:58 pm

The crash scene in East Haven, Conn., on Friday.
Fred Beckham Associated Press

A former Microsoft executive and his teenage son are among the dead after a small plane crashed into an East Haven, Conn., neighborhood a few blocks short of the airport.

Pilot Bill Henningsgaard and his teenage son, Maxwell, were in the 10-seater turbo-prop when it struck two small homes near Tweed New Haven Airport on Friday, killing as many as four people, according to The Associated Press.

The family learned it was Bill Henningsgaard's plane through the tail number, his brother, Blair Henningsgaard, said.

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9:50am

Sat August 10, 2013
The Two-Way

San Diego Mayor Ducks Out Early From Harassment Therapy

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 10:14 am

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner arrives at a news conference on July 26 to announce his intention to seek professional help for sexual harassment issues.
Bill Wechter Getty Images

San Diego's embattled Mayor Bob Filner is ending his two-week program of sexual harassment therapy — a week early, according to his lawyers.

Filner, 70, has resisted calls for his resignation after acknowledging that he behaved inappropriately toward women over the years.

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8:35am

Sat August 10, 2013
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Protestants, Catholics Clash In Belfast; Dozens Hurt

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 3:08 pm

Loyalist protesters clash with riot police in the center of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Friday.
Peter Morrison AP

A confrontation between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast, Northern Ireland, erupted into violence overnight, injuring 56 police officers and two civilians.

"Belfast's main shopping district was turned into a battlefield last night as thousands of loyalists clashed with riot police to prevent a republican dissident rally passing down the city's main thoroughfare," The Guardian writes.

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7:18pm

Fri August 9, 2013
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ITC Says Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents

A woman talks on an iPhone as she walks past construction of a new Apple store in Berlin in April.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

U.S. trade officials have ruled that South Korea's Samsung infringed on patents owned by Apple for specific smartphone features, ratcheting up a tit-for-tat legal battle between the two electronics giants that is matched only by the ferocity of their marketplace competition.

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6:00pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Things To Know About The Legal Reasoning For Surveillance

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

After Obama proposed reforms to some surveillance programs run by the NSA, the Justice Department issued a long-awaited white paper (pdf) on the legal reasoning for the bulk collection of telephone records.

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2:17pm

Fri August 9, 2013
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President Faces Tough Questions On Latest NSA Leaks

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:04 pm

President Obama talks with Jay Leno during the taping of his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Obama told Leno: "We don't have a domestic spying program."
Jacquelyn Martin AP

President Obama, appearing Friday for his first news conference in more than three months, will no doubt be fielding tough questions on a new round of revelations regarding the NSA's top-secret electronic surveillance programs.

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12:20pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Look For Shooting Stars During This Weekend's Perseid Peak

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 5:47 pm

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky early on August 13, 2007 in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Time to stretch out the lawn chairs, lie back and enjoy the once-a-year celestial show known as the Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids, the dusty debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, whisk through our upper atmosphere every August. They aren't the only meteor shower on the calendar, but "the Perseids are the good ones," says meteorite expert Bill Cooke of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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10:22am

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Father And Son Coaxed From Jungle 40 Years After Vietnam War

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 1:55 pm

Ho Van Lang, found in the jungle of central Vietnam 40 years after he and his father fled the war.
VTV2

Four decades ago, Ho Van Thanh fled the fighting in his native Vietnam, disappearing into the jungle with his infant son, Ho Van Lang. This week, father and son emerged for the first time — an enfeebled Thanh carried in a stretcher, and Lang wearing only a loincloth made of tree bark.

According to the Vietnamese newspaper Dan Tri, Ho Van Thanh, now 82, was last seen in 1973 running into the jungle, after his wife and two other children were killed by a bomb or land mine near his home.

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5:20pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Yemen Official: New Round Of Drone Strikes Target Al-Qaida

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:41 pm

A Yemeni soldier speaks with a motorcyclist amid tightened security near Sanaa International Airport on Tuesday.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

A Yemeni official says 12 suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in the Arab country in three separate U.S. drone strikes Thursday.

The Associated Press quotes the official as saying that the first drone attack killed six alleged militants in central Marib province, while the second and third killed six more in Hadramaut province.

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3:45pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Shipyard To Get $54 Million To Scrap Arson-Damaged Nuclear Sub

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 6:15 am

Casey Fury was sentenced to 17 years in prison for setting a fire aboard the USS Miami in May 2012.
AP

A Maine shipyard where an employee set fire to the USS Miami will get $54 million to scrap the nuclear submarine after the Navy decided the damage from the blaze was too great to justify repairs.

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2:00pm

Thu August 8, 2013
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Kazakh Students Indicted In Boston Bombing Probe

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:07 pm

A courtroom sketch shows defendants Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on May 1.
Jane Flavell Collins AP

This post last updated at 3:55 p.m. ET:

A federal grand jury has indicted two men on charges of obstruction of justice related to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Massachusetts made the announcement on Thursday against two students from Kazakhstan, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19 at the time of the bombing. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.

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