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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8:13am

Sat November 29, 2014
The Two-Way

13,000 Modern Slaves Working In U.K., London Says

Police help a potential victim of trafficking as they raid a brothel in west London in 2011. Note: the victim's face is obscured to protect her identity.
Lewis Whyld PA Photos/Landov

As many as 13,000 people in the U.K. are victims of modern slavery, including sex trafficking, those "imprisoned" as domestic helpers, factory workers and on fishing boats, according to a new analysis release by Britain's Home Office.

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7:28am

Sat November 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Few Arrests In Ferguson Amid Largely Peaceful Protests

Police in Ferguson, Mo., arrested 15 people overnight amid continued, though mostly peaceful, protests following a grand jury's decision earlier this week not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black youth Michael Brown.

Small protests were also held in Oakland, Calif., Seattle and Chicago.

Those arrested in Ferguson — all but one residing out-of-state — were charged with disturbing the peace.

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6:49am

Sat November 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak's Murder Conviction

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 6:44 am

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 86, lies on a gurney next to his son, Gamal, second left, in the defendants cage, during a court hearing in Cairo, on Saturday. He and his sons saw earlier convictions on murder overturned by the court.
Tarek el-Gabbas AP

A court in Egypt dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of hundreds of anti-government protesters during a 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ousted the long-time strongman.

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4:02pm

Fri November 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

A photo from 2011 shows Roberto Gómez Bolaños and his wife Florinda Meza at the 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington. Bolaños reportedly died on Friday at age 85.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Roberto Gómez Bolaños, a popular Mexican comedic actor and screenwriter known by the nickname "Chespirito," has died at age 85 after a long illness, Latin Times reports.

The newspaper says Bolaños died of heart failure in Cancun.

The Associated Press notes: "His morning show was a staple for preschoolers, much like Captain Kangaroo in the United States.

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1:12pm

Fri November 28, 2014
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Ray Rice Wins Appeal, Reinstated By NFL

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 2:59 pm

Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, on Nov. 5. in New York.
Jason DeCrow AP

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced earlier this year that showed him hitting his then-fiancee, has won an appeal and will be reinstated by the NFL.

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11:33am

Fri November 28, 2014
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Attack On Mosque In Nigeria Kills Dozens

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 12:35 pm

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

More than 60 people are dead and as many wounded in an attack on a mosque in northern Nigeria as worshipers were attending Friday prayers.

The BBC says three explosions were reported at the mosque in Kano, and that the attackers also turned gunfire on the worshipers.

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10:27am

Fri November 28, 2014
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Texas Man Killed After Firing At Government Buildings

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 11:06 am

Police tape marks off the scene after authorities apparently shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday.
Jim Vertuno AP

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET

A gunman who fired more than 100 rounds into government buildings in Austin, Texas, and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate early this morning is dead.

Kate McGee reports for member station KUT that initially officers thought the man might also be wearing an explosive vest, but after a bomb squad examined the body, determined that he was not.

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9:56am

Fri November 28, 2014
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America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

Police are on guard as shoppers line up for a Black Friday sale at a Tesco store in Cardiff, Britain.
Mattthew Horwood EPA/Landov

Black Friday is in full swing in U.S. stores and online, with shoppers across the country hoping to snatch up Christmas bargains.

The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales over the same period last year, bringing the total to $616.9 billion. It would be the biggest jump in sales since 2011. The NRF has a breakdown of shopping behavior last year posted here.

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8:23am

Fri November 28, 2014
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Video Of Woman Dancing On Tehran's Subway Goes Viral

A video of an Iranian woman defying the country's laws by dancing in a Tehran's subway train has gone viral on the Internet in recent days.

The unidentified woman, who also loses her hijab head covering during the dance, gyrates wildly to a song the British pop group Little Mix as fellow passengers look on.

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7:07am

Fri November 28, 2014
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Experts Predict Low Oil Prices Through Next Year

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 9:29 am

A Rosneft oil rig at the Vankor oil field in eastern Siberia. Russia is already feeling the pinch of low oil prices.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

OPEC's decision not to cut production continues to reverberate through global oil markets, with the price of Europe's benchmark Brent crude falling to a four-year low today — bad news for petroleum exporters in the Middle East and Russia, but good news for nearly everyone else.

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2:43pm

Thu November 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Thailand Blocks Access To Damaging Human Rights Report

Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a news conference after a Cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, earlier this month.
Rachen Sageansak Xinhua/Landov

Thailand's military junta has apparently blocked domestic access to a scathing new report from U.S.-based Human Rights Watch which describes the country as having fallen into an "apparently bottomless pit" since Army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power six months ago.

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1:51pm

Thu November 27, 2014
The Two-Way

WTO Members Approve Historic Trade Deal

The World Trade Organization has received the unanimous backing of its 160 member nations for a first-ever multilateral trade deal, an agreement that has been years in the making and that the organization claims could add $1 trillion annually to global commerce.

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12:47pm

Thu November 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Indian Investigators Deny Village Girls Were Raped, Murdered

Women gather in the courtyard at the home of the two young victims' family in the village of Katra Sahadatganj in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. India's largest state is under pressure to address atrocities against women.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Two teenagers who were found hanging from a tree outside a village in northern India in May in an apparent rape-and-murder may have taken their own lives, Indian officials now say.

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9:36am

Thu November 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Attacks In The Afghan Capital Kill 5

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 3:11 pm

A closed circuit security camera shows Afghan security forces responding to an attack on a compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.
AP

Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET

At least five people are dead in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after after a suicide bombing attack on a British embassy vehicle. A guesthouse run by a foreign aid agency in the diplomatic area of the city also came under attack.

The BBC says that "a British worker and an Afghan member of staff among those killed.

"The Briton who died was a member of the embassy security team, as was another UK national who was wounded.

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8:49am

Thu November 27, 2014
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Oil Prices Tumble After OPEC Holds Firm On Output

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 9:53 am

The lowest gas prices in years are seen Wednesday on a fuel sign in Lawrence, Kan. A day later, OPEC decided to maintain current production levels, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the pump.
Orlin Wagner AP

Update at 5:50 p.m. ET

OPEC oil ministers have agreed to keep production levels steady, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the gas pump and lower costs for jet fuel that could translate into cheaper air-ticket prices.

Reuters reports: "Benchmark Brent futures settled at $72.58 a barrel, down $5.17, after hitting a four-year low of $71.25 earlier in the session. The contract was on track for its biggest monthly fall since 2008. U.S. crude was last down $4.64 at $69.05 a barrel."

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7:45am

Thu November 27, 2014
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Holiday Travel Snarls Look To Be Easing

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:00 am

Morgan Griffin, 20 (left), and his brother, Eric Crandell, 12, browse their mobile devices as they wait to board the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train bound for Santa Barbara, Calif., at Union Station in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Snow and rain in the East snarled holiday travel, but by Thanksgiving Day, things looked to be improving.
Damian Dovarganes AP

The weather is still wreaking havoc for Americans still traveling today in planes, trains and automobiles, but for the most part, the situation has improved dramatically as people crisscross the country making their way to Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends.

AAA estimates that 46 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles to attend Thanksgiving festivities — the most in seven years.

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7:03am

Thu November 27, 2014
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British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:32 am

Author P.D. James, whose publisher says died at age 94.
Ulla Montan AP

British mystery and crime novelist P.D. James, whose best-known works featured poet and Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh as a protagonist, has died at age 94, her publisher says.

Phyllis Dorothy James, a baroness and award-winning writer of such books as Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower and The Murder Room, was born in Oxford began writing in her late 30s and published her first novel, Cover Her Face, in 1962.

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3:29pm

Mon November 24, 2014
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Ferguson Timeline: Grief, Anger And Tension

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 7:48 pm

People stand in prayer after a peaceful march on Aug. 20 in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Charlie Riedel AP

The following lists significant events leading up to Monday's announcement by a grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Aug. 9: Brown is shot by Wilson around noon local time on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo., just outside St. Louis. Wilson was responding to another call but encountered Brown.

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2:51pm

Thu November 20, 2014
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White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups

The White House acknowledged today that it overreported the number of signups under the Affordable Care Act by nearly 400,000 people.

Some people with separate medical and dental plans were counted twice, leading the administration to state erroneously that more than 7 million had enrolled in coverage under ACA, instead of the correct figure of about 6.7 million.

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11:46am

Thu November 20, 2014
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So What Is An 'Executive Action' Anyway?

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 6:50 pm

In July, President Obama signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace executive order, requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

You can read here about President Obama's executive action on immigration. Or here, a story about his executive order.

Although commonly conflated in the media, the two terms aren't exactly interchangeable.

In short ...

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