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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7:26am

Wed October 29, 2014
The Two-Way

North Korean Officials Reportedly Executed For Watching Soap Operas

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:34 am

At least 10 North Korean officials have reportedly been put to death recently for the crime of watching South Korean soap operas.

The latest public executions reportedly bring to at least 50 the number of people put to death by the hard-line regime for taking in the unauthorized day-time dramas from south of the DMZ, The Independent reports, quoting South Korean sources familiar with a National Intelligence Service (NIS) briefing.

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5:56am

Wed October 29, 2014
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Kurdish Fighters Begin Using Turkish Crossing To Reach Kobani

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:00 am

An explosion following an airstrike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani from near the Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern town of Suruc, in Turkey's Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday.
Yannis Behrakis Reuters/Landov

For the first time, a small group of Syrian rebels have been permitted to transit Turkish territory en route to the fight against militants of the self-declared Islamic State in the besieged border city of Kobani.

The Associated Press reports, citing Syrian activists and Kurdish officials, that the group of around 50 armed men are from the Free Syrian Army. It was reported earlier that Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters were also being allowed to cross from Turkey.

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4:52am

Wed October 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Zambian President Dies While Being Treated Abroad

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:31 am

Zambia's then-opposition leader Michael Sata speaks to journalists during a news conference in Lusaka in 2006. Sata, who became president in 2011, died while being treated for an undisclosed illness in London.
Siphiwe Sibeko Reuters/Landov

Zambia's President Michael Sata has died in London while being treated for an undisclosed illness, the government says.

"As you are aware, the president was receiving medical attention in London," Ronald Msiska told state television on Wednesday.

"The head of state passed on Oct. 28. President Sata's demise is deeply regretted. The nation will be kept informed on burial arrangements," he said. "I urge all of you to remain calm, united and peaceful during this very difficult period."

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9:18am

Tue October 28, 2014
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Pope Says God Not 'A Magician, With A Magic Wand'

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 10:45 am

Pope Francis inaugurates a bronze statue of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.
Claudio Peri EPA/Landov

In a move that could be aimed at healing a rift between science and religion, Pope Francis has said that evolution and the Big Bang are consistent with the notion of a creator. And according to the pontiff, believers should not view God as "a magician, with a magic wand."

Francis made the remarks at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, billed as meeting to discuss "Evolving Concepts of Nature."

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9:11am

Tue October 28, 2014
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Friend Of Accused Boston Bomber Found Guilty Of Lying To Police

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 10:20 am

Robel Phillipos (left), a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs federal court on Monday. Phillipos was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of lying to the FBI.
Steven Senne AP

Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been found guilty of lying to FBI agents investigating the attack.

Prosecutors said Phillipos lied about having visited Tsarnaev's dorm room days after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

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6:49am

Tue October 28, 2014
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Nurse Amber Vinson Discharged After Testing 'Ebola-Free'

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 12:05 pm

Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, will be discharged Tuesday.
AP

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Amber Vinson, one of two nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a Liberian man earlier this month, is being discharged from Emory University in Atlanta after she tested free of the virus.

"I am so grateful to be well," Vinson said at an afternoon news conference where her discharge was announced.

"First and foremost, I want to thank God," she said, also acknowledging the role of her medical team in her recovery. "It's been God's love that has ... given me the strength to fight."

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6:01am

Tue October 28, 2014
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Planned Vote In Ukraine's Separatist East Gets Moscow's Blessing

A Ukrainian government forces member, who takes part in a military operation eastern regions of Ukraine, reads candidate information sheets during a parliamentary election at a polling station in Novoaidar near Luhansk, on Sunday.
Reuters/Landov

Russia is backing a plan by separatists in eastern Ukraine to hold a vote in areas under their control ostensibly as part of a deal with Kiev to allow limited self-rule in the region. The vote, set for Nov. 2 would come days after Ukrainian elections that saw pro-Western parties allied with President Petro Poroshenko sweep to power.

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5:43am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Hawaii Lava Flow Less Than 100 Yards From Homes In Pahoa Village

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 7:10 am

A geologist maps the margin of the lava flow in the open field below Cemetery Road near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Dozens of residents from the village may be forced to evacuate.
AP

Dozens of residents from the village of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island are preparing to watch their homes be engulfed by a slow-moving finger of lava that has traced a scorched path for months from its origin at Kilauea volcano.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira has said residents will be allowed to watch Mother Nature consume their homes to "provide for a means of closure.

"You can only imagine the frustration as well as ... despair they're going through," he said, according to The Associated Press.

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10:35am

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

U.N. Ambassador Goes To Sierra Leone For Closer Look At Ebola Crisis

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 10:23 am

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has her temperature taken as she arrives in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Monday. Power is on a visit to West Africa to get a first-hand look at the global response to the epidemic.
Reuters/Landov

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations has arrived in Sierra Leone on her multi-nation swing through Ebola-stricken West Africa

Samantha Power, who arrived in the capital Freetown after visiting neighboring Guinea, has said Washington wants to help the region fight the deadly virus.

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8:48am

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Death Penalty Reportedly Sought For Captain In Korean Ferry Disaster

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:21 pm

The captain of the sunken ferry Sewol, Lee Joon-Seok (left) arrives on the second day of his trial at the Gwangju District Court in Gwanju, southwestern South Korea, in June.
Kim Hee-chul EPA/Landov

Prosecutors in South Korea are reportedly demanding the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized and sank in April, killing more than 300 people. Lee Joon-seok is accused of homicide for leaving passengers, including many teenagers on a school outing, to fend for themselves.

Prosecutors say Lee failed to perform his duty as captain of the Sewol, according to Yonhap news agency.

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6:57am

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

'Welcome Back, Kotter' Actress Marcia Strassman Dies At 66

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:54 pm

This photo provided by Julie Strassman shows her sister, actress Marcia Strassman. The actress, who played Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on the 1970's sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has died at age 66.
Randi St. Nicholas AP

Actress Marcia Strassman, best known for her role in the 1970s TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has died at age 66, her sister says.

She died Friday at her home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles after a years-long struggle with breast cancer.

The Hollywood Reporter says:

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5:53am

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Town In Hawaii Prepares For Possible Evacuation Ahead Of Lava Flow

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 10:05 am

A lava flow advances across the pasture between the Pahoa cemetery and Apaa Street, engulfing a barbed wire fence, near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii on Sunday.
U.S. Geological Survey AP

Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET

Creeping lava from Mount Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island is burning a path ever-closer to an area where residents have been warned that they might have to quickly leave their homes.

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5:01am

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Pro-Western Parties Sweep Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 9:34 am

People cast their ballots at a polling station during Ukrainian parliamentary elections in Kiev on Sunday.
Ivan Vakolenko UPI/Landov

Elections in Ukraine are pointing to a new parliament that will be dominated by pro-Western parties, a result that President Petro Poroshenko is hailing as a "course toward Europe" but one that is likely to further anger Russia.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Kiev that exit polls show the bloc supporting Porsohenko is projected to win about 23 percent of the vote, followed closely by an allied party, the People's Front, with around 21 percent.

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12:55pm

Fri October 24, 2014
The Two-Way

'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:07 am

Image of sunspot AR 2192
Alan Friedman/Randall Shivak Averted Imagination

As sunspots go, AR 2192 is, as astronomer Phil Plait has noted, "freakishly huge."

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9:14am

Fri October 24, 2014
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Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' Discharged By NIH

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 3:06 pm

President Barack Obama gives a hug to Dallas nurse Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House Friday.
Olivier Douliery-Pool Getty Images

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S. soil, is now free of the virus and has been discharged from a special facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Speaking at a news conference, Pham said in a statement that she felt "fortunate and blessed" and put her trust "in God and my medical team."

"I believe in the power of prayer because I know so many people around the world were praying for me," she said.

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8:22am

Fri October 24, 2014
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Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:50 am

Earlier this month, people demonstrated in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, calling on the government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region in April. Now there are reports that militants of the extremist Boko Haram movement have kidnapped more girls.
Olamikan Gbemiga AP

As Nigeria awaits the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls under a cease-fire deal with their Boko Haram captors, reports have come in that 25 more women and girls were abducted shortly after a truce was announced last Saturday.

The government in Abuja has condemned the latest reported abductions from two villages in the country's northeast Adamawa state by suspected militants from the extremist group.

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6:14am

Fri October 24, 2014
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Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:55 am

A volunteer receives the experimental Ebola vaccination "cAd3-EBO-Z" at the vaccines center in Bamako, Mali, earlier this month. Mali has become the sixth country in West Africa to report Ebola.
Alex Duval Smith EPA/Landov

Mali has become the sixth country in West Africa to confirm a case of Ebola, after a 2-year-old girl who arrived from neighboring Guinea tested positive for the hemorrhagic virus.

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib says of the young girl: "She traveled with her grandmother in Guinea and returned to Mali. We don't have all details of this trip."

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4:47am

Fri October 24, 2014
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Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:26 pm

In this frame grab taken from video provided by the New York Police Department, an unidentified man approaches New York City police officers with a hatchet Thursday. The man was fatally shot by police after he wounded two officers.
AP

A hatchet-wielding man has been shot and killed by police after he attacked a group of patrol officers, wounding two on a busy street in Queens, New York.

One of the officers was struck in the head and another in the arm during the attack, which occurred about 2 p.m. ET on Thursday. A bystander, a 29-year-old woman, was hit in the back by a stray police bullet as the assailant was engaged by the officers.

The New York Times reports:

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10:42am

Thu October 23, 2014
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Ottawa Attack Seen As Canada's Security Wake-Up Call

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:28 pm

Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday.
Blair Gable Reuters/Landov

Until Wednesday, the front door of Canada's main Parliament building, Centre Block, was often left unlocked. Taken as a metaphor for the nation as a whole, many think the attack in Ottawa will change that approach to security.

In the assault, a soldier was killed as he guarded the National War Memorial and a shootout left the gunman dead inside Canada's parliamentary complex.

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8:42am

Thu October 23, 2014
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Canada's Parliament Gives Sergeant-At-Arms Standing Ovation

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:31 pm

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is applauded in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday. Vickers was credited with shooting the suspect during an attack on the Parliament complex on Wednesday.
Chris Wattie Reuters/Landov

Barely 24 hours after a gunman attacked Parliament Hill in Ottawa, killing a soldier, lawmakers gave a standing ovation to Kevin Vickers, the legislature's sergeant-at-arms, for reportedly firing the shots that took down the assailant.

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