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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6:36am

Fri January 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Unemployment Dips To 5.6 Percent As Economy Adds 252K Jobs

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 8:29 am

Former student Nathaniel Simmons operates a crane during a day of training at Georgia College of Construction. The Department of Labor says construction was one of several sectors that showed job gains in December.
Branden Camp AP

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December, capping a 12-month stretch of job growth unmatched since 1999, according to the Labor Department. In a separate survey, the department says that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent the previous month.

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12:04pm

Thu January 8, 2015
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When You Gotta Go: Manila Police Asked To Use Diapers During Pope's Visit

MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) traffic enforcers patrol a street on their Segway vehicles in a 2011 photo. During a visit by Pope Francis next week, they are being asked to wear adult diapers so they won't have to leave their posts.
Bullit Marquez AP

Some 2,000 traffic cops in the Philippine capital are being asked to wear adult diapers during next week's visit by Pope Francis to the predominately Roman Catholic country.

So, some of them will no doubt feel relieved that they've got a place to go during what promises to be a particularly long and grueling stint at their posts. Others might prefer to just hold it.

Either way, the army of traffic enforcers, as they are known in the Philippines, should probably go easy on the morning coffee during the pontiff's January 15-19 visit.

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9:43am

Thu January 8, 2015
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Fired United Attendants Fight Back Over 'Menacing' Graffiti Episode

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 4:11 pm

A United Airlines 747-400 taxis at San Francisco International Airport in 2011. A group of flight attendants have filed suit against the airline to contest their firing over their handling of a perceived safety threat.
Eric Risberg AP

More than a dozen United Airlines flight attendants who were fired for their insistence on additional screening measures after discovering "menacing" graffiti scrawled on an airplane have filed a federal complaint against their former employer.

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7:46am

Thu January 8, 2015
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France Observes Moment Of Silence For 'Charlie Hebdo' Victims

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:41 pm

General Secretary of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet, head bowed foreground at left, and the Elysee Palace staff observe a minute of silence on Thursday for victims of the shooting at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris on Wednesday.
Philippe Wojazer AP

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET

The bells of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris tolled, public transport was halted and many in France stood in the rain today for a minute of silence observed on behalf of the eight journalists and two others killed in a deadly attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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1:34pm

Sun January 4, 2015
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Pope Announces 20 New Cardinals, With Homelands From Myanmar To Mexico

Pope Francis waves from the window of his rooms at the Vatican to faithful at St. Peter's Square at his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican City on Sunday.
Massimo Percossi EPA/Landov

In a further sign that Pope Francis is intent on shaping a Church that looks like the world, the pontiff announced today the selection of 20 new cardinals from 18 different countries, including several from Asia, Africa and Oceania.

The National Catholic Reporter says:

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12:41pm

Sun January 4, 2015
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Boko Haram Reportedly Seizes Nigerian Army Base

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 1:00 pm

Maureen B. Kabrik, a "#Bring Back Our Girls" campaigner, speaks during a sit-out meeting in Borno in support of the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in August. Boko Haram militants, who seized the girls last April, have reportedly captured a key military base in the region.
Afolabi Sotunde Reuters/Landov

Islamist Boko Haram militants seized a military base used by a multinational force in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, officials and witnesses say.

The town of Baga is the unofficial headquarters of the multinational troops drawn from Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon.

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9:22am

Sun January 4, 2015
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ESPN Sportscaster Stuart Scott Dies At 49

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 1:32 pm

The longtime host of ESPN's SportsCenter, Stuart Scott, died today at age 49 after a prolonged battle with cancer, according to the cable network.

Scott was famous for his enthusiasm and a bevy of catchphrases he mined in his commentary, including "Boo-Yah!" and "As cool as the other side of the pillow."

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8:18am

Sun January 4, 2015
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NYPD's Wenjian Liu, Killed In Dec. Shooting, Is Laid To Rest

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 1:17 pm

New York City police officers march before funeral services for police officer Wenjian Liu at Aievoli Funeral Home, in Brooklyn on Sunday. Liu and his partner were gunned down in an unprovoked attack on Dec. 20.
Julio Cortez AP

Updated at 12:50 noon ET

Thousands of police officers from across the country paid their respects to NYPD detective Wenjian Liu, one of two patrolmen who were gunned down last month in an unprovoked attack in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Liu's widow, Pei Xia Chen, said "he is my hero." The couple had been married only a few weeks when the officer was killed on Dec. 20.

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7:36am

Sun January 4, 2015
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North Korea: New Sanctions Prove U.S. 'Inveterate Repugnancy'

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 1:05 pm

North Korea has lashed out at the U.S. for the latest sanctions imposed on the hard-line regime in response to its alleged hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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7:05am

Sun January 4, 2015
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More Bodies, Wreckage, Recovered From AirAsia Flight

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 1:02 pm

Relatives of Juanita Limantara, one of the victims of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash, weep during the handover of her body to the family at a police hospital in Surabaya today.
Firdia Lisnawati AP

Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET

Four more bodies and a fifth large piece of debris have been recovered from the Java Sea near the crash site of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which went down a week ago with 162 people aboard.

The BBC quotes search-and-rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo as saying today that:

"Singapore navy vessel RSS Persistence had recovered one body, while US navy ship USS Sampson had brought three more back to the Indonesian town of Pangkalan Bun.

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3:10pm

Sat January 3, 2015
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Former Republican Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 6:37 pm

Former Massachusetts Sen. Edward William Brooke speaks in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, in 2009 during a ceremony where he received the Congressional Gold Medal. Brooke died on Saturday at age 95.
Alex Brandon AP

Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET

Former Massachusetts Sen. Edward Brooke, the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, died Saturday at age 95, a family spokesman said.

Brooke, a Republican who had been Massachusetts attorney general, was first elected in 1966, defeating former Massachusetts Gov. Endicott Peabody. Brooke served until 1979. He died at his home in Coral Gables, Fla., surrounded by his family.

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2:27pm

Sat January 3, 2015
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Appeals Court Rules No Delay For Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Handout Getty Images

The trial of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will go ahead as scheduled, beginning on Monday after a federal appeals court rejected a motion to delay it.

In a 2-to-1 ruling, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the defense had not met the "extraordinary" standard that would be required to delay the trial.

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12:33pm

Sat January 3, 2015
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Israel To Freeze Tax Revenue To The Palestinians

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 1:37 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

Israel says it will halt about $127 million in monthly tax revenue that it normally transfers to the Palestinians in retaliation for a move by President Mahmoud Abbas to move toward joining the International Criminal Court and other international agencies.

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8:44am

Sat January 3, 2015
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Japanese Tourist Allegedly Kidnapped, Repeatedly Raped In India

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 10:56 am

A candlelight vigil in December marks the second anniversary of a high-profile gang rape in India. In that incident, six men raped the girl and beat her while she was traveling with her 28-year-old friend, before throwing them out on the streets.
Arkaprava Ghosh Barcroft Media/Landov

Police in India's eastern city of Kolkata have arrested several suspects for allegedly kidnapping and holding a young Japanese student for weeks while they repeatedly raped her.

The unidentified woman was abducted from a village near Bodh Gaya, one of Buddhism's most sacred sites, located about 80 miles south of Patna, The Associated Press quotes police officer Akhilesh Singh as saying. Authorities believe she was kidnapped by an organized gang that targets single women tourists.

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6:07am

Sat January 3, 2015
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Man Accused In 1998 Bombings Of U.S. Embassies Dies In Custody

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:00 am

A file image from the FBI website shows alleged al-Qaida operative Abu Anas al-Libi, who has reportedly died in U.S. custody.
Uncredited AP

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Abu Anas al-Libi, the man who allegedly planned the 1998 attack on U.S. embassy buildings in East Africa and was awaiting trial in America, has died of complications from liver surgery, the Justice Department confirms.

Al-Libi, believed to have been an al-Qaida operative, was captured by U.S. special forces in the Libyan capital in Oct. 2013 and brought to the U.S. to stand trial.

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3:28pm

Fri January 2, 2015
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Donna Douglas, Elly May On 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies At 81

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:13 pm

Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett, lower right. Clockwise from upper left are Buddy Ebsen (as Jed Clampett), Nancy Kulp (as Jane Hathaway), Raymond Bailey (as Milburn Drysdale), Douglas, Max Baer Jr. (as Jethro Bodine) and Irene Ryan (as "Granny").
CBS/Landov

Donna Douglas, the actress best known for her role as Elly May Clampett on the 1960s television hit comedy The Beverly Hillbillies, has died at age 81, a family member confirms.

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1:54pm

Fri January 2, 2015
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30 Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Wreckage, Officials Say

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:04 am

Members of the National Search And Rescue Agency carry coffins containing bodies of the victims aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 to transfer to Surabaya at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, on Friday. Officials say 30 bodies have been recovered so far.
Achmad Ibrahim AP

Indonesian officials say 21 more bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 were recovered today from the Java Sea, bringing the number of bodies found from the air disaster to 30.

The Associated Press quotes an Indonesian official as saying five of the bodies recovered today were still strapped to their seats.

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12:36pm

Fri January 2, 2015
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Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 12:52 pm

A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's The Interview, which sparked condemnation in North Korea, which allegedly hacked the studio.
Ahn Young-joon AP

President Obama today issued an executive order authorizing expanded sanctions against North Korea and the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in response to Pyongyang's alleged role in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The White House accused North Korea of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December 2014."

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11:17am

Fri January 2, 2015
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Kim Jong Un's Little Sister Reportedly Marries

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 3:29 pm

People watch a TV news program showing Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, in November. She has reportedly married the son of the ruling party secretary.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Kim Yo Jong, the youngest sister of the North Korean leader, who holds a key high-level post in the secretive party hierarchy, has reportedly married a son of one of the country's most powerful officials, South Korea's Yonhap news agency says, quoting unnamed Chinese sources.

North Korea's state media reported last year that Kim Jong Un's sister, who is reportedly in her late 20s, had assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party.

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8:34am

Fri January 2, 2015
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Chinese Gamblers See Macau As Bad Bet Amid Corruption Crackdown

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 10:43 am

Wynn Macau casino resort is one of several new glitzy hotel-casinos that have gone up in the former Portuguese colony since the gambling industry there was liberalized in 2002.
Bobby Yip Reuters /Landov

Revenue at casinos in the Asian gambling mecca of Macau fell in 2014 for the first time in more than a decade, as Chinese government officials are increasingly betting that it's a bad idea to show their wealth amid Beijing's aggressive crackdown on corruption.

According to data released today by Macau's Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, revenue at the territory's casinos fell 2.6 percent in 2014, with December posting a record 30.4 percent fall over the same period in 2013.

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7:37am

Fri January 2, 2015
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Abandoned Ship Carrying Hundreds Of Syrian Migrants Towed To Italy

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:35 pm

Updated at 6:31 p.m. ET

A ship carrying hundreds of Syrian migrants that was abandoned by smugglers off the coast of Italy was towed to the port of Corigliano.

An Icelandic coast guard ship, part of a European patrol force set up to aid migrants at sea, towed the Ezadeen, a livestock carrier with some 450 migrants aboard, after smugglers operating the vessel abandoned it in rough seas, according to Italian coast guard Cmdr. Filippo Marini.

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1:54pm

Sun December 28, 2014
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Pope John Paul II's Would-Be Assassin Lays Roses At His Tomb

In this image taken from a video provided by Adnkronos International, Ali Agca stands in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on Saturday. Agca, who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, laid flowers at the late pontiff's tomb.
AP

The Turkish man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II and subsequently spent three decades in jail, has laid flowers at the tomb of the former pontiff.

Mehmet Ali Ağca shot John Paul twice at close range on May 13, 1981 as the pope was traveling in an open car through St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, an attack that left the pope in critical condition.

The gunman was quickly arrested. John Paul recovered and later met Ağca in prison, where the pontiff forgave his would-be killer.

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12:44pm

Sun December 28, 2014
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Thousands Of Motorists Stranded By Snow In French Alps

Drivers park to put on snow chains in the middle of a massive traffic jam in the Savoie region of France. Thousands of motorists are stranded for a second day.
Muscio Sylvain EPA/Landov

Thousands of vehicles are stranded in the French Alps unable to come or go from ski resorts in southeastern France due to particularly heavy snowfall and icy conditions.

One man was reportedly killed when his car slid off into a ravine.

The BBC reports that as many as 15,000 motorists who spent Saturday night unable to move due to the snow and ice, are still unable to move in the region of Savoie, west of Turin, Italy.

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9:36am

Sun December 28, 2014
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Iranian General Reportedly Killed By ISIS Sniper In Northern Iraq

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 10:07 am

A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards was killed by a sniper's bullet in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra as he was training Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen fighting militants of the self-declared Islamic State, Iran says.

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7:43am

Sun December 28, 2014
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Ceremony In Afghanistan Officially Ends America's Longest War

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 2:31 pm

Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Gen. John Campbell opens the "Resolute Support" flag during a ceremony at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul on Sunday.
Massoud Hossaini AP

U.S. troops and their NATO allies in Afghanistan have formally ended what became America's longest war, furling their flag 13 years after a 2001 invasion to topple the country's Taliban regime in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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