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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6:41am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

4 Children, 2 Adults Killed In Apparent Domestic Dispute In Texas

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:24 am

This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.

A man suspected in the shooting deaths of four children and two adults surrendered to police in a Houston suburb after a three-hour standoff Wednesday night.

The alleged gunman has been identified as Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who has been charged with multiple counts of capital murder.

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12:55pm

Sun July 6, 2014
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California Highway Patrol Probing Videotaped Beating Of Woman

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:14 pm

In this July 1 image from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman while punching her on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.
David Diaz AP

The California Highway Patrol says it is investigating a video that shows an officer repeatedly punching a woman after trying to stop her from walking into traffic.

As Reuters notes: "The video, which was taken by a passing motorist, posted online and broadcast by local television stations, has caused an outcry from community activists who say the officer used excessive force in the arrest on Tuesday."

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11:16am

Sun July 6, 2014
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Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:43 pm

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Roger Federer in their men's singles finals tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years in a hard-fought contest that went five sets, denying Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth title.

Djokovic took the trophy in a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory.

USA Today says:

"Djokovic was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set but Federer broke him twice and won the set forcing the match to go the distance.

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8:21am

Sun July 6, 2014
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Separate Attacks In Uganda, Kenya Leave Dozens Dead

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:47 pm

Armed police walk past a truck set on fire by attackers who raided Gamba police station at the Kenyan coast on Sunday.
Joseph Okanga Reuters/Landov

This post was updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.

At least 17 people were killed in Uganda in an attack by armed gunmen on three police stations in an area of the country that had once been the focus of an Islamic insurgency.

Meanwhile, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for attacking on two coastal villages in Kenya that left at least 22 people dead. NPR's Gregory Warner, reporting from Nairobi, says the deaths in Kenya include one Russian tourist.

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7:07am

Sun July 6, 2014
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Report: Most NSA-Intercepted Data From 'Ordinary Internet Users'

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:50 pm

A Washington Post analysis of data provided by Edward Snowden has revealed that nine out of 10 communications intercepted by the National Security Agency were from ordinary Internet users, not legally targeted foreigners. But the examination also showed that officials gleaned valuable intelligence from the wide net the agency cast.

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6:17am

Sun July 6, 2014
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Israel Arrests 6 Jewish Youths In Teen's Death

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:19 pm

Suha Abu Khdeir, mother of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a U.S. citizen who goes to school in Tampa, Fla., shows a picture of her son sent from Israel after he was allegedly beaten by Israeli police.
Mahmoud Illean AP

This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Israel has arrested six suspects in connection with last week's killing of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Meanwhile, an American cousin of the victim who was reportedly beaten by Israeli police has been sentenced to nine days home detention.

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3:10pm

Sat July 5, 2014
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American Teen Visiting Israel Reportedly Beaten By Police

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 1:21 pm

The U.S. has confirmed that Tariq Khdeir, an American teenager, has been arrested by Israeli authorities and the State Department has expressed concern that he has been "severely beaten."

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12:46pm

Sat July 5, 2014
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Shootout Victory Sends Netherlands To World Cup Semifinals

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 5:39 pm

Netherlands' footballers celebrate after defeating Costa Rica during the penalty shootout after the extra time in the World Cup quarterfinal football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica on Saturday.
Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

The semifinals of the World Cup have been decided. Saturday's winners, Netherlands and Argentina, will meet each other on the field in Sao Paulo on Wednesday for a shot at the title.

The other half of that final match will be decided when Germany plays Brazil on Tuesday.

Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

In a match-up where Costa Rica was labeled the underdog, they held their own against an aggressive Dutch team and brought the game to a penalty shootout.

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11:44am

Sat July 5, 2014
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WATCH: Hurricane Arthur From 30 Miles Out At Sea

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

Screen grab of video showing Hurricane Arthur passing by Frying Pan Tower, a bed and breakfast located 30 miles off the North Carolina coast.
YouTube

Although Hurricane Arthur appears to have spared the U.S. East Coast any major damage, 100 mph winds are nothing to take lightly, especially 30 miles out to sea along the infamous Frying Pan Shoals south of Cape Hatteras.

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10:56am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Palestinian Teen 'Burned Alive,' According To Official

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:34 am

Palestinians attend the funeral of 16-year-old teen Muhammed Abu Khdair, at the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, on Friday.
Atef Safadi EPA/Landov

A preliminary autopsy of a teenage boy who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and murdered by Jewish extremists shows that he was burned alive, according to the Palestinian attorney general.

The New York Times, citing Mohammed Al A'wewy, says that soot was found in 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir's lungs, a sign that he was alive when his body was burned. However, the exact circumstances of his death are not yet known.

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10:00am

Sat July 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Philadelphia Row House Fire Kills 4 Children

A woman cries as she walks past Philadelphia firefighters working on burned row homes on Saturday.
Michael Perez AP

A fire that swept through a stretch of Philadelphia row houses early today has killed four children in what the city's fire commissioner has described as a "tragic, tragic day."

The Associated Press reports that the fast-moving fire, which started just before 3 a.m. ET, consumed a row of two-story homes in a southwest Philadelphia neighborhood dominated by African immigrants, engulfing about 10 residences.

NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that a shelter has been set up at a nearby high school to accommodate about 40 residents who were forced to flee the three-alarm fire.

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8:56am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Czech Petra Kvitova Wins Wimbledon Title

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 9:51 am

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Czech Petra Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard in a lopsided victory to win a Grand Slam in the women's singles final at Wimbledon, besting her opponent 6-3 6-0.

The Associated Press says that in her match with Canadian Bouchard, Kvitova, who won the championship in 2011, "dominated play with her big serve, aggressive returns and flat groundstrokes."

The AP writes:

"The Czech player broke serve three times, including in the final game of the set, which lasted 32 minutes."

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7:12am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Arthur Disrupts July 4th Festivities, But Does Little Damage

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 9:53 am

Katie Bender gets some assistance from Johanna Bender, left, as they dump water from a boot while sitting on a flooded street after Hurricane Arthur passed through in Manteo, N.C., on Friday.
Gerry Broome AP

The headline in The Boston Globe sums it up: "Arthur douses, but does little damage."

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6:45am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Indian Nurses Back Home After Being Trapped By Fighting In Iraq

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 5:21 am

An Indian nurse caught up in fighting in Iraq hugs her sister after arriving at the airport in the southern Indian city of Kochi on Saturday.
Sivaram V Reuters/Landov

More than 40 Indian nurses trapped since last month in the rebel-held city of Mosul have arrived back home.

According to The Associated Press, the Indian government organized an Air India plane to fly the nurses home from Irbil.

The AP says: "Outside the airport in Kochi [in India's southern state of Kerala], hundreds of friends and relatives of the women greeted them with hugs and flowers. The nurses all looked exhausted and emotional, with one hugging her young nephew tightly."

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5:57am

Sat July 5, 2014
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Ukrainian Forces Retake Key Rebel Stronghold In East

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 9:56 am

A woman cries near her burning house after shelling in the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine, last month. The city of 100,000 has now been retaken from pro-Russian separatists.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Ukrainian troops have retaken the key stronghold of Slovyansk from pro-Russian forces in a sign that Kiev may be regaining control over the country's east, months after insurgents swept through the region establishing a self-proclaimed independent republic.

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3:41pm

Thu July 3, 2014
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SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:54 pm

Atlanta-based SunTrust Mortgage Inc. has agreed to pay up to $320 million to resolve criminal allegations that it mishandled applications from homeowners seeking loan modifications under a federal program.

The deal with the Justice Department follows a similar settlement last month with SunTrust Mortgage over its mishandling of federally backed home loans.

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12:23pm

Thu July 3, 2014
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Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:12 pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye greet children waving the two countries' national flags at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Thursday. Xi has yet to visit North Korea.
Kim Hong-ji Reuters/Landov

In a sign that China and South Korea are moving closer together, possibly at North Korea's expense, Beijing and Seoul have said they are close to a free-trade deal and issued a joint statement that they firmly oppose nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

The announcement on Thursday comes amid North Korean missile tests and a visit to South Korea by Chinese leader Xi Jinping that carries with it an implied snub to Pyongyang: It's his first visit to the Korean Peninsula and the first that a Chinese head of state has stopped in the South before visiting the North.

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9:51am

Thu July 3, 2014
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Woman Charged In Denver With Seeking To Aid Islamic Extremists

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:52 pm

A 19-year-old Denver-area woman has been charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization after she was arrested in April boarding a flight that would ultimately land her in Syria, where she hoped to wage jihad, according to newly unsealed court documents.

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7:54am

Thu July 3, 2014
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Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 5:20 am

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah last month. Saudi Arabia has reportedly moved 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq.
Reuters/Landov

Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.

Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

According to Reuters:

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6:34am

Thu July 3, 2014
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Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:59 am

Louis Zamperini at a news conference in May in Pasadena, Calif. Zamperini, a onetime Olympic runner who in World War II survived a brutal internment in a Japanese POW camp, has died at 97.
Nick Ut AP

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who later survived the brutality of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific, has died at age 97. Zamperini's life story was chronicled in the best-seller Unbroken, and a film based on the book is set to be released in December.

In a statement, his family said that Zamperini had "recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia.

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