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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9:04am

Sun February 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Another Winter Storm Slams The Northeast

A woman walks with two dogs as snow falls on Boston Common in Boston, on Saturday.
Michael Dwyer AP

The fourth winter storm in the Northeast this year was adding to the 6 feet of snow already on the ground in some areas, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and near-white-out conditions.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference early today that snowfalls had already "significantly exceeded" expectations. Accumulation in the northern half of the state exceeded a foot in some places.

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8:24am

Sun February 15, 2015
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Sporadic Shelling Continues As Ukraine Truce Takes Effect

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 8:46 am

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride on a military vehicle not far from Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Sunday.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine appears to be largely holding — at least for the moment, defying skepticism that the second truce in six-months between government forces and Russian-backed separatists might immediately collapse.

The cease-fire went into effect at midnight Sunday (Saturday at 5 p.m. ET).

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3:00pm

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

WATCH: The Sun Like You've Never Seen It

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 4:11 pm

View of the Sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) NASA

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which keeps a 24/7 vigil on the sun, just released this spectacular video composite to mark five years since the spacecraft was launched.

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11:58am

Sat February 14, 2015
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Attack On Copenhagen Cafe Apparently Aimed At Cartoonist

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 11:20 pm

Damaged glass is seen at the site of a shooting in Copenhagen on Saturday. Shots were fired near a meeting in the Danish capital that was attended by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks.
Scanpix Denmark Reuters/Landov

Updates at 11:15 p.m. ET: One shooting victim dies

The Associated Press is reporting that one of the three shooting victims outside of the Copenhagen synagogue has died.

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET: A second shooting in Copenhagen

Danish police say gunfire near a Copenhagen synagogue left one person shot in the head and two police officers injured, Reuters reports.

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11:01am

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Canadian Police Say They've Foiled Would-Be Valentine's Day Massacre

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 1:49 pm

A duplex where a 19-year-old man was found dead is shown in Timberlea, Nova Scotia, on Friday. Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they foiled a plot to commit a mass shooting.
Reuters/Landov

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Police in Canada say they've foiled a Valentine's Day plot to carry out a mass shooting at a mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dan Karpenchuk, reporting from Toronto for NPR, reports that one person was found dead and three others taken into custody on Friday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in connection with the alleged plot, which authorities say was not related to Islamic terrorism. The suspects reportedly planned to kill as many people as possible before committing suicide.

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9:25am

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Another Blizzard Curls In From The Northeast

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 12:13 pm

In Boston, residents are bracing for another round of severe winter weather.
Bill Sikes AP

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

A winter storm that has already dumped up to 8 inches of snow in parts of Michigan is set to bring blizzard conditions to much of the Northeast this weekend.

According to The Weather Channel, brutal winds, bitterly cold temperatures and lots of snow along the Eastern Seaboard from Long Island to Maine. New York and Philadelphia are among the cities under winter weather advisories.

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8:16am

Sat February 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Ukraine Truce Now In Effect. But Will It Hold?

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 7:18 pm

A Ukrainian military convoy stops on the road between the towns of Debaltseve and Artemivsk, Ukraine, on Saturday, hours before a cease-fire agreement is set to go into effect.
Petr David Josek AP

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET

Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists traded artillery fire today in the hours leading up to a cease-fire deal that went into effect at midnight (5 p.m. ET). A few seconds after the cease-fire officially began, Reuters reported, shelling abruptly stopped in the eastern city of Donetsk. A Russia Today correspondent in Donetsk called the region "eerily calm" after midnight.

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6:25pm

Fri February 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Calls UNC Murders 'Brutal And Outrageous'

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 7:04 pm

Flowers sit outside the apartment building where three Muslim students were killed Tuesday afternoon in Chapel Hill N.C.
Michael Biesecker AP

President Obama today described as "brutal and outrageous" the murders of three young Muslims who were gunned down in North Carolina earlier this week, saying no one in the U.S. should be targeted for their religion.

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4:31pm

Fri February 13, 2015
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Bill To Allow Execution By Firing Squad Advances In Utah

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 7:49 pm

Utah's GOP-controlled House of Representatives narrowly approved a proposal to bring back the state's use of firing squads for executions, but the measure faces an uncertain reception in the Senate.

The 39-34 vote Friday came as missing lawmakers were rounded up to break a deadlock. The firing squad was discontinued in 2004.

The Associated Press says leaders in the Republican-controlled Senate won't say whether they will support the measure and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, also a Republican, has not said if he will sign it.

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3:41pm

Fri February 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Let Us Review North Korea's Glorious New Slogans!

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:39 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps as he reviews a mass military parade from a balcony in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2012.
Zhang Li AP

The latest crop of North Korean slogans to mark the country's 70th anniversary has just been released. Stand back as they "cascade down and their sweet aroma [fills] the air":

-- Thoroughly get rid of abuse of authority and bureaucratism!

-- Let us raise a strong wind of studying the great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism!

-- Fire an opening salvo of an ideological campaign and make our fire concentrated, regular and accurate!

You get the idea.

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11:24am

Fri February 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 12:31 pm

Vint Cerf in a photo from last year. Cerf is warning of a possible "digital Dark Ages" if the world's data isn't permanently preserved.
Andre Penner AP

What happens when today's high-tech data storage systems become tomorrow's floppy discs?

Google Vice President Vint Cerf is concerned about the answer and its implications for preserving history. Speaking at an annual conference of top American scientists, Cerf described such a loss of important information as a possible "digital Dark Ages."

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9:27am

Fri February 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Boko Haram Ventures Out Of Nigeria, Hitting Village In Chad

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 10:54 am

An armored vehicle used by Boko Haram militants captured by the Nigerian military in Maiduguri, Borno state, late last month. The extremist group appears to be expanding its operations into neighboring countries in an effort to establish an independent Islamic state.
EPA/Landov

Suspected Boko Haram militants have conducted their first-ever raid in Chad, attacking a village just across the border from the extremist group's stronghold in northeast Nigeria.

Reuters says the assault took place about 12 miles east of the border at the village of Ngouboua inside Chad, which, like Nigeria, is a Muslim-majority country with a substantial Christian minority.

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5:39pm

Thu February 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Space Station Astronauts In Star Wars-Themed Crew Pic

Expedition 45 poses for a Star Wars themed portrait
NASA

Something's definitely going on at NASA. We're thinking someone in the public relations department is trying to blow the dust off the space agency's ever-serious image.

First there was the photo below, deemed by almost anyone with a pulse as unquestionably the best astronaut portrait ever:

And now, the Expedition 45 crew, scheduled to go to the International Space Station in September, is having fun with Jedi robes and light sabers:

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3:34pm

Thu February 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Tussle Over Electric Bill Plunges New York Mall Into The Dark

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 5:26 pm

In perhaps a further sign of the decline of the American shopping mall, the lights suddenly flickered out today in the Rotterdam Mall in upstate New York after the electric utility cut power for non-payment.

In a statement issued by National Grid, the utility said it "has been working with the owners of the Rotterdam [Square] Mall for several months to set up a payment plan that would benefit both the mall and National Grid.

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1:29pm

Thu February 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Nicaragua's New Canal Could Be Environmental Disaster, Report Says

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:05 pm

Residents shout slogans during a protest march against the construction of the planned interoceanic canal, in San Jorge, Nicaragua, in October.
Esteban Felix AP

Scientists are warning that construction of a $50-billion interoceanic shipping canal through Nicaragua could spell an environmental disaster, threatening nearly two-dozen endangered species and jeopardizing Central America's largest source of drinking water.

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11:17am

Thu February 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Couples Who Choose Not To Have Children Are 'Selfish,' Pope Says

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:05 pm

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Wednesday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Pope Francis said that couples who opt not to have children are being "selfish" as he spoke of a "greedy generation" that's choosing not to procreate. The pontiff's remarks come just weeks after he seemed to send a contradictory message, telling Catholics that they don't need to breed "like rabbits."

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10:27am

Thu February 12, 2015
The Two-Way

U.N. Calls On EU To Expand Rescue Of Migrants In Mediterranean

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:19 pm

Migrants who survived a shipwreck are escorted as they arrive at the Lampedusa harbor on Wednesday. Some 300 others drowned in the latest such disaster triggered by people fleeing conflicts in North Africa.
Antonio Parrinello Reuters/Landov

Days after some 300 would-be migrants from North Africa drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as they were trying to reach Italy, the United Nations is calling on the European Union to establish a broader search-and-rescue effort to avoid future tragedies.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres reiterated a call for the EU to expand its current operation, known as Triton, to locate and rescue would-be illegal migrants from Africa.

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9:24am

Thu February 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Egyptian Judge Grants Bail To Al-Jazeera English Journalists

Two Al-Jazeera English journalists awaiting retrial in Egypt on charges they aided the banned Muslim Brotherhood, have been released on bail amid expectations that one of them, a Canadian, might soon be deported.

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2:59pm

Sun February 8, 2015
The Two-Way

16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch ... Soon

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 3:50 pm

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for a sunset launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday. It will be carrying aloft the DSCOVR satellite.
John Raoux AP

Update 6:10 p.m. ET Launch Scrubbed

At t-minus 2 minutes and 26 seconds to launch, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was scrubbed due to an issue with the system used to track the rocket. The team will review the issue and calculate the next available launch window in order to reschedule.

Our original post continues below:

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1:20pm

Sun February 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Colombian Rebels Invite Miss Universe To Join Peace Talks

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega poses during the Miss Universe pageant in Miami, on Jan. 25. Vega has been invited to participate in peace talks between her country's government and Marxist rebels.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Future beauty pageant contestants might want to be careful with all that loose talk about "world peace," unless they're willing to put up: after Miss Universe Paulina Vega expressed a desire to help end her native Colombia's 50-year civil war, she received an invitation from FARC rebels to join truce talks.

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11:52am

Sun February 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Al-Jazeera English Journalists To Get Retrial In Egypt

Australian journalist Peter Greste (left) of Al-Jazeera news channel and his colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (center) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, listen to the verdict inside the defendants' cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Egypt says that it will retry two journalists working for Al-Jazeera English who have been jailed for more than a year on charges of "giving a platform" to the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The announcement of the new trial, set to begin on Feb. 12, comes days after the journalists' colleague, Australian Peter Greste, was suddenly released and deported.

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10:48am

Sun February 8, 2015
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Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 1:50 pm

Former University of North Carolina head basketball coach Dean Smith looks on during the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 1996. Smith died on Saturday. He was 83.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Men's basketball coach Dean Smith, who coached the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for more than 35 years, taking them to two national titles, has died at age 83.

The Hall of Famer died Saturday night at his home, his family said in a statement released today.

"We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you," the statement said.

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9:01am

Sun February 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Leaders Plan For New Minsk Summit On Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her speech at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on Saturday.
Matthias Schrader AP

Hoping to salvage something of a widely ignored truce in eastern Ukraine that was forged just months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders are set for another summit in Minsk this week.

If all goes to plan, Merkel will join Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President Francois Hollande in the capital of Belarus on Wednesday.

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5:04pm

Sat February 7, 2015
The Two-Way

India's Ruling Party Looks Headed For Defeat In Delhi Elections

Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man's Party, leader Arvind Kejriwal gestures as he comes out of a polling station after casting his vote in New Delhi, India, on Saturday.
Altaf Qadri AP

An upstart anti-corruption party appeared headed for victory in elections for a new government in the Indian capital, defeating the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, tells our Newscast unit that if the exit polls prove correct, "it would be a humiliating loss ... for Modi."

The premier's "lavish campaign appearances made the race for Delhi's local assembly seem like a referendum on his own national leadership," she says.

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4:44pm

Sat February 7, 2015
The Two-Way

NBC's Brian Williams To Temporarily Step Away From Anchor Desk

NBC's Brian Williams, seen here on Nov. 13, 2014, has apologized for incorrectly saying he was aboard a helicopter in Iraq in 2003 that was hit and forced down by enemy fire.
Julio Cortez AP

Brian Williams — the NBC Nightly News anchor who apologized earlier this week for misremembering that a military helicopter he was in during the 2003 invasion of Iraq had been fired upon — says he has temporarily taken himself off the air over the controversy.

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3:32pm

Sat February 7, 2015
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UAE To Resume Anti-ISIS Airstrikes 'In Solidarity With Jordan'

A UAE Air Force F-16.
An Jiang Xinhua/Landov

The United Arab Emirates, which briefly suspended its participation in Arab airstrikes against the self-declared Islamic State after a Jordanian pilot shot down over Syria was executed by extremists, says it will rejoin the effort.

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1:48pm

Sat February 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Adnan Syed, Subject Of 'Serial' Podcast, Granted Appeal

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 3:41 pm

An undated photo provided by Yusuf Syed shows his brother, Adnan Syed. Adnan Syed, now 33, was the subject of a popular public radio podcast that raised questions about his guilt. A Maryland court on Saturday granted his request for an appeal.
Uncredited AP

The subject of the popular public radio "Serial" podcast, who was convicted as a teenager 15 years ago in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, has been granted an appeal.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has granted the request for review from Adnan Syed, whose case has been examined in-depth in the podcasts, which raised questions about his guilt.

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11:17am

Sat February 7, 2015
The Two-Way

China Seizes Toilet Tissue Featuring Likeness Of Hong Kong Leader

Rolls of toilet paper and packages of tissue paper printed with images of pro-Beijing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying are shown Democratic Party Vice Chairman Lo Kin-hei in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Kin Cheung AP

Chinese authorities have seized thousands of rolls of toilet paper featuring a likeness of Hong Kong's unpopular chief executive that were destined for restrooms in the former British colony.

The BBC reports:

"Hong Kong's Democratic Party, which had planned to sell the novelty items at a fair next week, called the seizure a violation of freedom of expression.

The [8,000 rolls of] tissues were confiscated from a factory in mainland China on Friday."

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10:10am

Sat February 7, 2015
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Gauguin Painting Reportedly Fetches Record $300 Million

Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), a 1892 oil on canvas by French artist Paul Gauguin, was reportedly sold for a record $300 million.
Anonymous AP

A work by French painter Paul Gauguin, who died penniless in 1903, has reportedly smashed the record books as the most expensive ever sold. The piece, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), is believed to have fetched $300 million.

The oil-on-canvas was produced in 1892 during Gauguin's first visit to French Polynesia. It features a pair of Tahitian girls seated next to a tree.

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8:58am

Sat February 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Merkel Hopes To Dissuade Obama From Arming Ukraine

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 3:40 pm

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, background right, arrive for a meeting in Munich, Germany on Saturday.
Matthias Schrader AP

Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET

The issue is this: Should the West arm Kiev against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says no, and she is joined by French President Francois Hollande. They have the outline of a plan that Hollande says includes "rather strong" autonomy for Ukraine's east. And they are taking it to President Obama.

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