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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1:14pm

Thu April 17, 2014
The Two-Way

BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 4:59 pm

BP Mobile Incident Commander Keith Seilhan talks with oil cleanup workers in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. Seilhan has settled with SEC regulators who say he avoided $100,000 in stock and options losses by trading on inside information related to the spill.
Dave Martin AP

A former BP executive who led the company's cleanup of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.

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10:04am

Thu April 17, 2014
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15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 11:05 am

A screen grab from CBS Los Angeles shows a firetruck after it smashed through the front of Lu's Dumpling House.
CBS Los Angeles

Two firetrucks speeding toward the same blaze in a Los Angeles suburb collided, with one of the vehicles then plowing into a restaurant, injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.

Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said trucks from his city and neighboring Alhambra were responding to a house fire shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday when they slammed into each other, according to The Associated Press.

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9:37am

Thu April 17, 2014
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Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 11:36 am

Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators canvass the London, Ontario, neighborhood around the home of Stephen Solis-Reyes, who has been charged in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug.
Geoff Robins Reuters/Landov

A 19-year-old alleged hacker has been arrested and his computer equipment seized by Canadian police after he purportedly exploited the "Heartbleed" bug vulnerability to steal confidential information from the country's tax collection agency.

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2:13pm

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo arrives at the Edward R. Roybal federal building and United States courthouse on Monday. Rizzo received 12 years in prison and was ordered to pay nearly $9 million in restitution for a scheme to pad his salary.
Nick Ut AP

Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who pleaded no contest to conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records, has been ordered to serve 12 years in state prison and repay nearly $9 million.

Rizzo, who was city manager of Bell until 2010, apologized during sentencing, telling Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that he "[breached] the public trust" and that "I am so sorry for that. I will never do anything like this again."

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12:51pm

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 11:58 am

Hurricane Katrina holdout Hazzert Gillett reads his Bible in his New Orleans home in September 2005. The state's Legislature is considering a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's Legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.

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12:12pm

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:23 pm

A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law "invalid and unconstitutional."

The law, passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago, bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and is considered the most restrictive in the country.

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10:31am

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 11:08 am

Tayler Drayton, 16, earlier this month painted words of support on a bus stop for those affected by the deadly mudslide at the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.
Elaine Thompson AP

The death toll in last month's fatal mudslide in Washington state has risen to 39, officials say, after two more bodies were recovered from the debris.

Search efforts following the mudslide, near the community of Oso in the Cascades foothills, have been hampered by rain and the difficulty in recovering victims from the mudslide on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22.

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8:44am

Wed April 16, 2014
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Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 11:06 am

An Iraqi security officer patrols the grounds at Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraib in 2009.
Wathiq Khuzaie Getty Images

Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison that became the center of a 2004 prison-abuse scandal during the U.S. occupation, is being closed temporarily because of security concerns, according to the country's Justice Ministry.

The infamous prison, located on the outskirts of Baghdad near Sunni-dominated Anbar province, is being shut because of fears it could be overrun by Sunni insurgents, according to The New York Times.

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5:19pm

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims

Men pray on the street before the start of the American Muslim Day Parade in 2010 in New York.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups.

The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. It brought the NYPD under fire from community groups and activists who accused the force of abusing civil rights and profiling.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said his administration has promised "a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair.

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1:12pm

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:54 pm

The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft results from gravitational effects on ring particles by an object that may be replaying the birth process of icy moons.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

It's not like Saturn needs another moon to look after — it's already got 53 officially, with nine more labeled as "provisional" (and those are just the ones we know about). But the tiny, icy object nicknamed "Peggy" could prove hard to resist.

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10:24am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:55 pm

UP, El Al's new budget carrier, has a catchy, and cheesy new safety video.
UP/El Al

El Al, Israel's national airline, wants you to get down when you fly UP, its budget carrier that took to the skies just two weeks ago. UP has joined the list of airlines doing away with the boring safety video in favor of something more lively and, at least in this case, delightfully cheesy.

The website FlightClub says:

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10:08am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:55 am

A greater rhea grazes in a canola field near Utecht in northern Germany in 2012. A similar bird has been loose in the English countryside for the past month.
DPA AFP/Getty Images

An ostrich-size South American rhea that's reportedly capable of "seriously injuring humans" escaped from a farm in Hertfordshire, U.K., last month and has been on the lam in the English countryside ever since.

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2:56pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 3:26 pm

Michael Phelps swims in the men's 200-meter individual medley heat at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Ryan Remiorz AP

Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete in history, is coming out of retirement.

Patrick Sandusky, the U.S. Olympic Committee public affairs officer, tweeted this morning: "It is official, Michael Phelps is back.... competing next week in Arizona."

Phelps, who will be 29 in June, has already competed in four Olympic Games, winning 22 medals, including 18 gold. There is no word yet on whether he's looking to compete in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

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11:35am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:04 pm

Glowing Lines are tested earlier this month on a highway near Oss in the Netherlands. The road markings absorb light during the day and emit the green glow at night.
Remko De Waal EPA/Landov

There's a half-kilometer stretch of road in the Netherlands that looks a bit like something out of the movie Tron, thanks to new luminescent markings that glow green in the dark.

The photoluminescent paint, a sort of amped-up version of what is found on many wristwatches, charges up during daylight hours and then emits the green hue at night along the short test patch of N329 highway in Oss, according to Dutch companies Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans, a road construction firm.

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9:53am

Mon April 14, 2014
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French Police Deploy DNA Dragnet To Solve Rape Of Teen

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:05 pm

Police in France are taking DNA samples from more than 500 male high school students in western France in hopes of identifying the person who raped a 16-year-old girl.

The assault reportedly occurred at a private Roman Catholic school in La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast on Sept. 30. Investigators are trying to match DNA found on the victim's clothing, the BBC says.

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9:31am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 2:30 pm

This combination of 10 separate images shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse in 2011 from the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife.
Desiree Martin AFP/Getty Images

It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.

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3:43pm

Fri April 11, 2014
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Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 5:35 am

Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, in January 2013. A new survey by Carnegie Mellon University shows that more millennials report they "talk to God" than turn to religion for guidance.
Rick Bowmer AP

Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage "talk to God," suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

The survey of 2,000 U.S. men and women, ages 18-34, found that 62 percent said they talk to God, while 52 percent said they look to religion for guidance.

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2:11pm

Fri April 11, 2014
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Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 5:34 am

The moon seen from Manila, Philippines, during a total lunar eclipse in December 2012, as the Earth casts a shadow across the face of our nearest celestial neighbor.
Bullit Marquez AP

If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.

The total eclipse, the first visible throughout the U.S. since December 2012, will peak at about 3 a.m. EDT.

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11:36am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Two-Way

'God' Files Suit In New York To Resolve Credit Dispute

As the saying goes, "In God We Trust, all others pay cash."

But in the case of Russian immigrant and businessman God Gazarov, cash may be the only option.

That's because, according to The New York Post, credit reporting agency Equifax has refused to acknowledge that he has any financial history whatsoever, despite having high scores with two other major credit agencies.

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9:35am

Fri April 11, 2014
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U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:44 am

Hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Iran's choice for U.N. ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi, has acknowledged that he was an interpreter for the student group that seized the compound.
AP

The United States has told Iran that it won't issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's controversial choice for the United Nations.

Aboutalebi acknowledges that he served as an interpreter for a group of radical students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, taking 52 American diplomats hostage and holding them for 444 days.

The rare move to deny him a visa to take up a diplomatic post comes from the White House after Congress approved legislation authorizing the government to do so.

Here's our earlier post:

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