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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6:27am

Sat January 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Police Make Arrest In Fatal Shooting At SC State University

This image provided by the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center shows Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, who is charged with murder in the death of university student Brandon Robinson.
Uncredited AP

Police arrested a suspect early Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a student at South Carolina State University.

A news release issued by police says Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was arrested in a parking lot of an apartment complex in Orangeburg, where the campus is located and has been charged with murder in the death of Brandon Robinson, 20, who was shot and killed on Friday.

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6:02am

Sat January 25, 2014
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Li Na Wins A Second Grand Slam At Australian Open

Li Na of China celebrates after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday.
Rick Rycroft AP

China's Li Na has won her second Grand Slam title in a women's singles victory over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open.

The New York Times reports from Melbourne:

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3:58pm

Fri January 24, 2014
The Two-Way

New Study Shakes Up Science On Midwest Quake Zone

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 5:44 am

Map showing seismic activity in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

One of the biggest earthquakes in U.S. history didn't occur in California. Or Alaska. It happened in the country's midsection some 200 years ago in an area where today seven states straddle the Mississippi River Valley.

And seismologists from the United States Geological Survey believe they've uncovered evidence that the New Madrid Seismic Zone, as the area that spawned the 1811-12 quakes is known, is still alive and kicking.

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1:37pm

Fri January 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Pakistani Judge Orders Death For Man Who Claimed To Be Prophet

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:08 am

A mentally ill British national held in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy after claiming to be the Prophet Muhammad.

Mohammed Asghar, 69, was arrested in Rawalpindi, near the Pakistani capital Islamabad, in 2010 shortly after returning from a trip to the U.K., where he was treated for paranoid schizophrenia, his lawyer said.

It was then that he allegedly wrote letters to various individuals, including a police officer, claiming that he was the revered prophet of Islam.

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8:02am

Fri January 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Nadal Sweeps Federer To Advance To Australian Open Final

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 9:40 am

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland during their semifinal Friday at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne.
Aaron Favila AP

Rafael Nadal beat out rival Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final for the third time in what The New York Times describes as "a breezy 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 win" Friday in Melbourne. Nadal will face No. 8-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland for the title.

The Times writes:

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6:57am

Fri January 24, 2014
The Two-Way

At Least 3 People Killed In 40-Vehicle Pileup In Indiana

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 9:12 am

Emergency crews work at the scene of a massive pileup Thursday involving more than 40 vehicles, many of them semitrailers, along Interstate 94.
AP

More than 40 vehicles, many of them semitrailers, were involved in a massive pileup on a slippery stretch of Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana that killed at least three people and injured 23 others.

The accident occurred near Michigan City, Ind., about 60 miles from Chicago around 3:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The Associated Press reports:

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3:48pm

Thu January 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Might Be Heading For U.K.

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:31 pm

The Lyubov Orlova sits derelict at dockside in Newfoundland in October 2012.
Dan Conlin Wikipedia Commons

A ghost ship full of diseased, cannibalistic rats could be nearing landfall somewhere in the British Isles.

No, it's not the plot for a new horror film. According to The Independent, the 300-foot cruise liner Lyubov Orlova, which has been drifting, crewless, around the North Atlantic for nearly a year since it snapped its towline en route to the scrapyard, might be moving east toward the English coast.

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2:09pm

Thu January 23, 2014
The Two-Way

South Sudan Signs Cease-Fire With Rebels

South Sudan's government-delegation leader Nhial Deng Nhial (left) and the rebel-delegation leader Taban Deng Gai shake hands after signing a cease-fire agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday.
STR EPA /Landov

A cease-fire deal has been reached between the government of the nascent country of South Sudan and rebel forces to end five weeks of fighting that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.

The agreement for a countrywide cease-fire was signed Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. NPR's Gregory Warner, reporting from Bukavu in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, says the deal marks a breakthrough in peace talks that stalled for weeks over the fate of 11 political prisoners under house arrest by the South Sudanese government.

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12:19pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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Golden Or Not? Tell Us What You Think Of New U.S. Olympic Uniforms

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 11:42 am

This image released by Ralph Lauren shows American hockey player Zach Parise wearing the official uniform that Team USA will wear during opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
AP

We're not exactly fashionistas here at The Two-Way, but even with our skewed sense of style, we're not sure what to make of the Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms to be worn by the U.S. Olympic team at the opening ceremony in Sochi on Feb. 7.

As one of our colleagues said, the uniform "looks like something your grandmother would knit you for Christmas." CBS Sports made a similar observation: "It's almost like an ugly Christmas sweater vest mixed with some yoga pants."

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9:37am

Thu January 23, 2014
The Two-Way

FBI Arrests Reputed Mobsters Linked To 1978 'GoodFellas' Heist

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 12:22 pm

Reputed Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro, 78, is escorted by FBI agents from their Manhattan offices in New York on Thursday.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

The FBI nabbed five alleged mobsters in a series of predawn raids in New York on Thursday in connection with the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist that netted $6 million in cash and jewels and that inspired the film GoodFellas.

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8:38am

Thu January 23, 2014
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Pentagon Relaxes Uniform Rules To Allow Religious Headgear

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 3:53 pm

U.S. Army Spc. Simran Lamba (center) was granted a religious accommodation for his Sikh articles of faith, including uncut hair and a turban, in 2010. He was the first enlisted soldier to be given such an accommodation since 1984.
Brett Flashnick AP

The Department of Defense has released new regulations that relax prohibitions on the wearing of religious headgear, as well as beards, tattoos or piercings with religious significance, while service members are in uniform.

"The military departments will accommodate individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs (conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs) of service members" unless it might affect military readiness or unit cohesion, the updated policy on religious accommodation said.

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8:07am

Thu January 23, 2014
The Two-Way

DOJ Alleges Fraudulent Security Checks By Firm That Vetted Snowden

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 3:41 pm

Surveillance camera video of Aaron Alexis, a contractor who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013. Alexis was one of thousands of individuals cleared by the firm known as USIS.
HO UPI/Landov

The private contractor that signed off on background checks for both NSA leaker Edward Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis is being accused of fraud by the Justice Department for allegedly submitting more than 650,000 incomplete investigations.

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4:11pm

Mon January 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Two Killed, Others Hurt In Omaha Plant Explosion

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 9:49 pm

The wrecked International Nutrition plant in Omaha, Neb., where a fire and explosion took place on Monday.
Nati Harnik AP

Update at 9:02 p.m. EST. All Workers Account For:

In a press conference Monday evening Omaha Police Lt. Darci Tierney said all of the 38 workers in the building have been accounted for. Officials say two died, 10 were hospitalized and seven others were hurt but refused treatment. The remaining 19 workers escaped.

Interim Fire Chief Bernard Kanger said that one body had been recovered but did not identify the person because the family has yet to be notified.

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2:06pm

Mon January 20, 2014
The Two-Way

New Zealand Quake Shakes Eagle Sculpture From Airport Perch

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 2:49 pm

A giant eagle sculpture that was being used to promote The Hobbit film trilogy after a 6.3 quake caused it to fall from the ceiling of the Wellington Airport on Monday.
Hagen Hopkins AP

Travelers at Wellington Airport in New Zealand may have felt a bit like Bilbo Baggins on a quest through Middle Earth when a giant eagle descended from the ceiling during a strong 6.3-magnitude quake that shook North Island on Monday.

The eagle — a sculpture, actually — was one of two giant birds used to promote The Hobbit films, which were shot in New Zealand. The bird was shaken off its perch in the terminal and crashed to the floor.

No one was seriously hurt at the airport or anywhere else on the island, where damage from the earthquake was reportedly minimal.

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1:21pm

Mon January 20, 2014
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Oxfam: World's Richest 1 Percent Control Half Of Global Wealth

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 4:16 pm

Local villagers scavenging coal illegally from an open-cast mine in a village near Jharia, India, in 2012.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Just 1 percent of the world's population controls nearly half of the planet's wealth, according to a new study published by Oxfam ahead of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.

The study says this tiny slice of humanity controls $110 trillion, or 65 times the total wealth of the poorest 3.5 billion people.

Other key findings in the report:

-- The world's 85 richest people own as much as the poorest 50 percent of humanity.

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1:01pm

Mon January 20, 2014
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Rosetta Space Probe Gets Interplanetary Wake-Up Call

Rosetta, the European Space Agency's cometary probe with NASA contributions, is seen in an undated artist's rendering.
NASA Reuters/Landov

... That's the message received from a bleary-eyed comet-chasing space probe on Monday, much to the relief of ground-based controllers who sent it a long distance wake-up call after nearly a three-year nap.

The European Space Agency received the communique from deep space on schedule at 1 p.m. ET from Rosetta, some 500 million miles away on a trajectory to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August. It's been in sleep mode to conserve power.

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11:15am

Mon January 20, 2014
The Two-Way

N.J. Lt. Gov. Denies Strong-Arming Mayor Over Sandy Relief Funds

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 4:34 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joins Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno (right) at a statewide prayer service in Newark marking the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, in October.
Eric Thayer AP

New Jersey's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is firing back at Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who says Superstorm Sandy recovery funds to her city were held up when she refused to sign off on a politically connected real estate deal.

Zimmer said over the weekend that during a mall opening event in May, Guadagno pulled her aside to say she needed to "move forward" on the real estate deal or "we are not going to be able to help you."

Zimmer says she asked the state for $100 million in aid. She received around $142,000.

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9:10am

Mon January 20, 2014
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U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 2:46 pm

An IAEA team checks the enrichment process inside the uranium enrichment plant Natanz in central Iran on Monday.
Kazem Ghane EPA/Landov

This post was updated at 11:40 a.m. ET.

The United States and European Union say they will lift some sanctions against Iran after reports from international inspectors that Tehran has suspended high-level enrichment of uranium under an interim pact to scale back its nuclear program.

The Associated Press reports:

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8:06am

Mon January 20, 2014
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U.N. Rescinds Offer For Iran To Take Part In Syrian Peace Talks

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 4:06 am

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sunday.
Jason Szenes EPA/Landov

This post was updated at 4:35 p.m. ET.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn an invitation to Iran to participate in Syrian peace talks after groups opposing President Bashar Assad's regime threatened a boycott of the discussions if Tehran got a seat at the table.

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7:11am

Mon January 20, 2014
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American Held In North Korea Asks U.S. To Secure His Release

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 2:38 pm

American missionary Kenneth Bae leaves after speaking to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital on Monday.
Kim Kwang Hyon AP

American missionary Kenneth Bae, who's been held for more than a year in North Korea following his arrest and trial on espionage charges, spoke to reporters for Western media on Monday, calling for the U.S. government to help win his freedom.

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