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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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Sun February 8, 2015

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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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

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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4:44 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

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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The Two-Way
3:32 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

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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1:48 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

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

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

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

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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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Sat February 7, 2015

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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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Sat February 7, 2015

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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8:58 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Merkel Hopes To Dissuade Obama From Arming Ukraine

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

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

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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3:57 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Polarization Vortex: Obama, Bush Approval Shows Widest Partisan Gap

President Obama and former President George W. Bush in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2013.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 5:24 pm

Many Republicans claim that President Obama is among the most polarizing presidents in modern history. If the results of a new Gallup survey measuring his approval rating are any indication, they might be right.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Thailand's Military Moves Closer To China

China's Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, left, and Thailand's Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan walk during a ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 12:57 pm

Updated at 12:55 p.m. ET

Thailand's junta — smarting over U.S. criticism of last year's coup that ousted an elected government — has announced that it will strengthen military ties with China over the next five years.

An agreement with Beijing was announced during a two-day visit to Bangkok by China's defense minister, Chang Wanquan, reports Michael Sullivan. The two sides say they'll increase cooperation in intelligence-gathering and fighting transnational crime.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Kansas Will Cut Education Funding To Help Close Budget Gap

Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State of the State address at the Kansas statehouse in Topeka last month. Brownback has announced cuts in education to plug the state's budget woes.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 12:00 pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he will cut funding for public schools and universities in a bid to keep the state solvent through June after aggressive tax cuts left gaping budget shortfalls.

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9:10 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Economy Adds 257,000 New Jobs; Unemployment Rate Up Slightly

A construction worker looks down on the site of the Manhattan West project last month in New York. Construction was among the hardest-hit sectors during the worst recession in modern memory.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 10:47 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

Some 257,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in January, continuing a 12-month span of growth that saw at least 200,000 jobs added each month, according to the Department of Labor. Even so, in a separate survey released by the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the benchmark unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5.7 percent.

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5:01 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

First Stars Fired Up 140 Million Years Later Than Previously Thought

A visualization of the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, as detected by ESA's Planck satellite over the entire sky.
ESA and the Planck Collaboration

It turns out that the "let there be light" moment in the early universe occurred much later than scientists previously thought, according to a newly published analysis of data collected from the European Space Agency's Planck telescope.

The time of the first stars, referred to by astronomers and cosmologists as the "reionization" epoch, is now thought to have occurred about 140 million years later than previously thought, or about 560 million years after the Big Bang, an event that formed our universe 13.8 billion years ago.

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2:30 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Obama Condemns 'Horrific Acts' In The Name Of Religion

President Obama bows his head towards the Dalai Lama as he was recognized during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, on Thursday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:56 pm

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

President Obama, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast today, condemned the twisting of religion to justify killing innocent people, saying that it always goes against the will of God. He also praised the Dalai Lama, who was in attendance, calling him a good friend.

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The Two-Way
8:39 am
Thu February 5, 2015

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg in a photo taken last May. Hamburg, who has been in the top FDA job for nearly six years, will reportedly step down.
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:56 pm

Updated at 10:23 a.m. ET

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg — who has been at the center of controversial decisions such as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive — has decided to step down after six years in the job.

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The Two-Way
6:12 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Heavy Fighting Resumes In Eastern Ukraine As Truce Talks Collapse

Ukrainian soldiers are seen in an armored vehicle topped with a Ukrainian flag near the city of Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region, on Sunday.
Manu Brabo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 8:05 pm

Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine has resumed since the collapse of cease-fire talks on Saturday. Reuters says Russian-backed separatists used artillery to try to push Kiev's forces from the strategic rail hub of Debaltseve.

NPR's Corey Flintoff — reporting from the town of Svyatogorsk, which has become a de facto refugee camp for many civilians fleeing the fighting — tells Weekend All Things Considered that he's "met people who've gotten out of some of the most dangerous areas. Many of them have absolutely terrifying stories to tell."

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4:07 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Activists Stage New Protest

Thousands of pro-democracy activists on Sunday take part in a democracy march to Central, demanding universal suffrage in Hong Kong.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 8:08 pm

In a move aimed at breathing life into Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, thousands gathered at the city's Victoria Park today in open defiance of Beijing's insistence that it have final say on candidates for the territory's next leader.

Organizers said 13,000 attended the rally, but police claimed the figure was 8,800. Regardless, the number is far fewer than the tens of thousands that came out for past protests calling for free and open elections in 2017 to choose a new "chief executive" for the former British colony.

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2:54 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Patriots Beat Seahawks 28-24 In Super Bowl XLIX

Steve Bronson, from Tempe, Ariz., walks past Roman numerals for the NFL Super Bowl XLIX, on Thursday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 12:46 pm

They promised that Super Bowl XLIX would be a close contest, and we got what was promised. The final score was 28-24.

At halftime, it was two touchdowns each. It wasn't until late in the fourth quarter that New England caught a decisive momentum that set the stage for the rest of the game.

In the end, it was Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's 3-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman late in the fourth — and Seattle's stumble, allowing an interception with seconds remaining — that pushed the game decisively New England's way.

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4:15 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Cumberbatch Wants Britain To Pardon Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

British actor and comedian Stephen Fry at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award nominations in London, earlier this month.
Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 3:21 pm

English actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry have joined in a campaign to secure 49,000 pardons — most of which would be posthumous — for men convicted under Britain's now-defunct "gross indecency" law that made it a crime to be gay or bisexual.

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The Two-Way
3:56 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 7:10 pm

A new video reportedly released by Islamic State extremists appears to show journalist Kenji Goto, the second of two Japanese hostages held by the group, being beheaded by a black-clad, masked individual.

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1:23 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Islamic State Blames Coalition Airstrikes For Losing Kobani

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 6:59 pm

The self-declared Islamic State says airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition forced its fighters from Kobani, the first time the extremist group has acknowledged its defeat in the heavily contested Syrian border town, The Associated Press reports.

The AP reports: "In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said the airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were the main reason why [ISIS] fighters were forced to withdraw from Kobani."

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Crossing

A photo provided by Tami Bradley-Two Eagles Balloon Team, shows pilots from left, Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia, before their liftoff in a gas balloon in Saga, Japan.
AP

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 7:00 pm

The Eagles have landed.

Balloon pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the "Two Eagles," who already set a distance record for a gas-filled balloon on Friday, have completed their nearly 7,000-mile journey across the Pacific from Japan to Mexico.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Merkel: No Relaxing Of Terms On Greek Debt

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands in front of a poster showing a new two-euro commemorative coin at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday.
Britta Pedersen DPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:49 pm

Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected any renegotiation of Greek debt after last week's election that brought an anti-austerity party into power in Athens.

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8:01 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Serena Williams Wins Australian Open For 19th Grand Slam Title

Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.
Lee Jin-man AP

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 4:35 pm

Serena Williams has beaten Russia's Maria Sharapova for her sixth Australian Open, clinching her 19th Grand Slam title.

Williams, 33, won the final 6-3, 7-6 (5).

It was the tennis superstar's first Australian Open in five years and she managed to win despite fighting a severe cold that The New York Times says "left her occasionally coughing between returns and serves in the final."

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

In Aug. 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and businessman and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg,(right) mourn during a farewell ceremony for Putin's first judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mikhail Klimentyev AP

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 7:02 pm

Moscow has awarded a $3 billion contract to build a bridge linking Russia with the newly annexed Crimean peninsula to a close friend of President Vladimir Putin.

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12:36 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brush Fire, Goes Home

Jeremy the Koala.
BBC Weather

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 4:31 pm

Jeremy the koala — who became a social-media sensation after a photo went viral showing him recuperating from injuries sustained in an Australian wildfire — is being released back into the wild.

The three-year-old male koala, nicknamed after his rescuer, was removed from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia after a massive brush fire swept through the area. His paws had been burned and he was badly in need of treatment.

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10:51 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Balloonists Crossing Pacific Set Distance Record

In this photo provided by the Two Eagles balloon team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan.
Troy Bradley AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 11:36 am

Two balloonists have unofficially left a distance record in their wake as they head east over the Pacific Ocean. They lifted off from Japan, and now they're getting ready for a landing on Saturday somewhere on Mexico's Baja peninsula.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

China Cracks Down On University Textbooks Promoting 'Western Values'

A Chinese paramilitary police officer stands in front a portrait of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong outside the Forbidden City in Beijing, in November.
Aaron Favila AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 8:54 pm

China's education minister has told universities to stop using textbooks that promote Western values, reports NPR's Frank Langfitt from Shanghai, a move seen as part of a larger ideological crackdown.

At an educational forum, Yuan Guiren said universities should also forbid criticism of China's leaders and the country's political system, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Frank says the edict comes as the government disrupts virtual private networks, or VPNs, which help people access foreign websites that China's Internet cops have already blocked.

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5:26 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

Genetically modified rice plants are shown in a lab in 2006. A new report from Pew Research shows a wide gap between perceptions of safety of GM foods between scientists and the general public.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:20 pm

U.S. adults see various science-related topics much differently than do America's top scientists, with the two groups expressing widely divergent views on the safety of genetically modified foods, climate change, human evolution, the use of animals in research and vaccines, according to a new report published by Pew Research Center.

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2:35 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

British Fighters 'Escort' Russian Bombers Near U.K. Airspace

A photo taken in October and provided by Britain's Royal Air Force shows a Russian "Bear" bomber similar to the one that grazed U.K. airspace on Wednesday.
Robyn Stewart AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:56 am

The British government has summoned Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom, asking him to explain why a pair of nuclear-capable Russian long-range "Bear" bombers flew alarmingly close to U.K. airspace.

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