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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1:58pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Economy

What Happens If U.S. Bond Ratings Are Downgraded?

Ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's both have warned that they might downgrade the United States' AAA bond rating if a deal between the White House and Congress on raising the debt ceiling isn't reached before an Aug. 2 deadline. NPR asked a trio of economists what it would mean if the bonds were downgraded. The economists are Edwin Truman, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington; Gregory Dago, principal U.S.

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12:22pm

Wed July 13, 2011
All Tech Considered

Netflix Raises Ire Of Some Subscribers After Price Hike

Carleen Ho picks up a movie from her mailbox in Palo Alto, Calif.
(Paul Sakuma/AP

Judging from the comments left on the Netflix blog post announcing the company's move toward unbundling its mailed DVD and online streaming services, a lot of customers are not happy.

"Way to go again Netflix — Divide and Conquer — EPIC FAIL!!" was the response from one mildly disgruntled customer. Several others directed Netflix to dispose of their accounts in ways that we wouldn't want to detail on a family website like NPR.org.

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4:49pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Afghanistan

Death Of Karzai's Brother Creates Afghan Power Gap

Ahmed Wali Karzai takes part in a June 2010 conference at the Mandigac Palace in Kandahar Afghanistan. Wali Karzai's death leaves a power vacuum just as stability to Afghanistan's southern region seemed to be returning.
David Gilkey NPR

The assassination of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's influential brother leaves a power vacuum in the country's south just as stability seemed to be returning in the region that once served as the Taliban capital, Afghanistan observers say.

Ahmed Wali Karzai — a onetime Chicago restaurateur who returned to Afghanistan after the 2001 fall of the Taliban — was killed Tuesday at his home in Kandahar. Some reports suggested the assassin may have been one of Ahmed Wali's own bodyguards. He had narrowly escaped earlier attempts on his life.

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10:38am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Report Dampens Hope For Near-Term Jobs Growth

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 1:26 pm

NPR

If employment is going to improve in the second half of the year, as many economists had forecast, there was no hint of it when the Labor Department released June's employment report Friday.

"It's a very discouraging report. It's much worse than expected and it's really hard to see any silver lining," said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight.

The department said hiring last month nearly ground to a halt, slowing to a pace not seen in nine months. The unemployment rate pushed up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May.

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2:11pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Law

Court Blocks Enforcement Of Military's Ban On Gays

A court order for the Pentagon to stop enforcing "don't ask, don't tell" is likely the last gasp of the 17-year policy that was repealed by Congress in December but remained temporarily in effect, experts and activists said Thursday.

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3:15pm

Thu June 30, 2011
National Security

Analysts: New Strategy Focuses On Insurgent Leaders

Wednesday, the White House has unveiled a new counterterrorism strategy that would focus more on drone strikes and special operations and less on large-scale ground conflicts. NPR spoke with two experts in national security — Sean Burke, a vice president and senior fellow for the Center for National Policy and Ken Gude, managing director of the National Security and International Policy Program of the Center for American Progress — to get their thoughts on the strategy.

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11:54am

Tue June 28, 2011
Economy

Experts: Housing Price Rise Isn't A Trend (Yet)

Realtors are hoping an uptick in home prices reported on Tuesday is the beginning of a turnaround, but industry experts say it's too soon to tell if the improvement is anything other than a seasonal blip.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index reported that prices in April rose in 13 of the 20 cities tracked. Washington, D.C., saw the biggest price increases, followed by San Francisco, Atlanta and Seattle.

The index, which covers metro areas that include about 50 percent of U.S. households, rose 0.7 percent, the first increase since July 2010.

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4:58pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Economy

Greek Default Could Spur Europe-Wide Contagion

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:43 am

A protester waves the national flag of Greece during a demonstration Tuesday at Athens' Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament. Demonstrators have been camped outside Parliament since May 25.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Greece's day of reckoning is very nearly at hand.

Bright anger has spilled onto the street, as the country tries to dig its way out of an economic crisis. Prime Minister George Papandreou's government survived a key confidence vote, which he had called to help him pass deeply unpopular austerity measures. European Union ministers have threatened to cut off billions in bailout money if Greek legislators don't pass wage cuts and other painful austerity steps.

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2:01pm

Tue June 14, 2011
Technology

Experts Warn Of Turbulent Trip To Cloud Computing

When Steve Jobs walked onstage last week to introduce the iCloud, the feeling of anticipation was palpable. Apple's version of "the cloud," he said, would "demote the PC" and usher in the next big revolution.

Jobs said nothing about the cloud-based computing revolution that is already under way — the one taking place in the company boardroom and IT department. Google, Amazon and IBM, among others, are serving a burgeoning market for business-oriented cloud services, which offer corporate clients the promise of cost savings and new capabilities.

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1:25pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Around the Nation

High Water Doesn't Mark An End For Flood Victims

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:49 am

Vivian Taylor-Wells was staying at a Red Cross shelter in Vicksburg, Miss., after the rising Mississippi River forced her from her home a week ago and her money for a motel room ran out.
Dave Martin AP

Since turbid floodwaters drove Debbie Leach from her residence near Vicksburg, Miss., she has struggled to find a place to call home, even a temporary one, as she waits for the Mississippi River to recede and expose what may be left of her personal belongings.

Leach left her mobile home on Eagle Lake, an oxbow on the river that sits right on the Mississippi-Louisiana border, last month when the water level started to rise. Since then, she has bounced from staying with family to a Red Cross shelter.

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2:14pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Around the Nation

Along The Mississippi, An Old Sense Of Dread Rises

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 9:40 am

National Archives

As the bloated Mississippi River crests at near-record levels in Memphis, Tenn., Southern states are bracing for the slow-moving wall of water expected to soak towns from Illinois to Louisiana in flooding unlike anything seen in the better part of a century.

"The Mississippi is mighty, it's wicked ... and right now it's in a rage," Bob Nations Jr., director of the Office of Preparedness in Tennessee's Shelby County, told NPR this week.

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8:38am

Fri May 6, 2011
Economy

April Jobs Up 244,000; Unemployment 9.0 Percent

The U.S. economic recovery continued to chug along as employers added jobs for a third-straight month.

The economy created a robust 244,000 jobs in April across a wide range of industries, according to a Labor Department report Friday. Gains in private-sector hiring — 268,000 jobs — was especially encouraging, although the number was offset slightly by jobs lost in state and local governments.

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2:41pm

Wed April 20, 2011
National Security

New Terror Alert System Aims For Clarity, Not Color

The new system of homeland security alerts unveiled Wednesday replaces one that critics said was vague and confusing — but it's not yet clear whether the simplified version can do any better job of keeping the public safe and informed.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that the familiar red, orange, yellow, green and blue alerts will be supplanted by just two alerts: "Elevated Threat," warning of a credible terrorist threat against the United States, and "Imminent Threat" for a credible, specific and impending threat.

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3:42pm

Tue April 19, 2011
Economy

McDonald's Hopes Hiring Drive Redefines 'McJobs'

McDonald's Corp.'s super-sized effort to hire 50,000 new employees in a one-day blitz Tuesday has two purposes, company officials say — one obvious and one not so obvious.

The first, of course, is to fill open slots. The other is to help the company challenge its stereotyped image as an employer of last resort.

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7:24pm

Mon April 18, 2011
The Two-Way

'Three Cups Of Tea' Author In Hot Water Over Alleged Fabrications

CBS' 60 Minutes has broadcast a damaging segment on Greg Mortenson, the author of the New York Times best-seller Three Cups of Tea, alleging that many of the stories in the book are exaggerated or outright fabrications and questioning the financial practices of his charity, the Central Asia Institute.

Questioned is the seminal story in the book telling how Mortenson stumbled into the village of Korphe after failing to summit Pakistan's K2.

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9:17am

Mon April 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Lowe's Store Employees Save Themselves, Customers From Tornado

More on those tornadoes that hit the south over the weekend, killing at least 45 people.

The bright spot in the tragedy is the 100 or so customers and employees in a Lowe's Home Improvement store in Sanford, N.C., who managed to save themselves through quick thinking.

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8:43am

Mon April 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Deadly Tornadoes Rip Through South; Tax Deadline Today

A series of powerful tornadoes that swept across six states has left a path of death and destruction unparalleled since the mid-1980s, killing at least 45 people. The violent weather, described by witnesses as like something out of 'The Wizard of Oz' began Thursday but continued through the weekend, spawning 240 tornadoes in the south — including Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi.

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9:05am

Thu April 14, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Can U.S. Keep From Getting Bogged Down In Libya?

Military intervention in Libya was supposed to be a quick mission: Use missiles and airstrikes to knock out Moammar Gadhafi's firepower and prevent attacks on civilians. Nearly a month in, Libyan rebels and government troops are stalemated and the NATO-led coalition is showing strain.

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