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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7:54am

Thu July 3, 2014
The Two-Way

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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4:56pm

Fri June 27, 2014
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Ukraine Extends Cease-Fire With Pro-Russia Separatists

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:20 pm

The Ukraine government today extended a weeklong cease-fire with pro-Russia separatists for another three days.

The announcement on President Petro Poroshenko's website said that Ukraine forces would stand down for an additional 72 hours, until 10 p.m. Monday.

The Associated Press says:

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4:25pm

Fri June 27, 2014
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Armed Drones Over Baghdad To Protect U.S. Forces, Pentagon Says

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:30 pm

The Pentagon says armed U.S. drones are in the skies over Baghdad, protecting American forces deploying there to assess the security situation amid a Sunni insurgency.

Unarmed reconnaissance drones have been flying 30 to 35 sorties per day for the past week or so.

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3:52pm

Fri June 27, 2014
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Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:48 pm

During the 2013 elections, online voting was an option in Norway. Even so, Erna Solberg, chairman of the Conservative Party of Norway, casts an old-school ballot.
NTB Scanpix Reuters/Landov

After a two-year trial for Internet voting, Norway is pulling the plug.

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3:39pm

Fri June 27, 2014
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In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:33 pm

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in December.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

In an interview with All Things Considered, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined to rule out coordination with Iran and Iranian-backed forces in Iraq. Dempsey also told NPR that one option in Iraq might involve U.S. air assets going after "high-value" individuals within the main Sunni insurgent group.

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3:56pm

Thu June 26, 2014
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GM Stops Selling Late-Model Chevy Cruzes; Recall Expected

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:13 am

A Chevrolet Cruze is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, in January.
Carlos Osorio AP

General Motors has issued an order to stop selling 2013 and 2014 model years of the Chevrolet Cruze compact car because of air bags that might not inflate properly. The automaker has identified 33,000 vehicles, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, with the potential problem and is expected to recall those already sold.

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3:17pm

Thu June 26, 2014
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Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:21 pm

Rebel fighters drink tea on the front line of Ramouseh, near the Aleppo Artillery School. President Obama has requested $500 million to arm and train "moderate" Syrian rebel groups.
Hosam Katan Reuters/Landov

President Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels who are seeking the ouster of Bashar Assad.

If Congress approves the plan, it would supplement a covert training and assistance program already being run by U.S. intelligence agencies, The Associated Press says.

The White House says in a statement that the rebels would be vetted before providing assistance, to ensure that U.S. equipment doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

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1:53pm

Thu June 26, 2014
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Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:34 pm

A U.N. report says the use and potency of cannabis is on the rise in the U.S.
Ted S. Warren AP

Marijuana use in the United States has gone up as the public perception of the drug's risk has gone down, according to a new United Nations report. The potency of the drug has also increased,

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12:28pm

Thu June 26, 2014
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Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker looks to the stage during "A Century of Service" honoring him and Sen. Bob Dole at Mellon Auditorium, Wednesday, in March 2012. Baker's death was announced on Thursday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker, who served as Senate majority leader in the 1980s and chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan, has died at 88, his law firm said Tuesday.

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4:43pm

Wed June 25, 2014
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SOS Note, Prison ID Reportedly Found In Chinese-Made Pants

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:34 pm

An alleged cry for help from a Chinese worker, found in a pair of pants.
Amnesty UK Twitter

When Karen Wisinska finally got around to trying on a pair of pants she bought three years ago in her native Northern Ireland, what she says she found in a pocket was a handwritten "cry for help" from a Chinese prison sweatshop.

The BBC says she posted pictures of a prison identification card wrapped in a note headlined in English "SOS! SOS! SOS!" on Facebook and got a rough translation that shocked and sickened her. She then sent the items to Amnesty International.

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1:36pm

Wed June 25, 2014
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Beijing Blasts U.S. Plan To Name Road By Embassy After Dissident

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 6:24 pm

An undated photo provided by Voice of America shows Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. He was jailed in 2008 for promoting human rights. An amendment in Congress proposes renaming the street in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., in his honor.
AP

Beijing is fuming over a provision slipped into a State Department budget to change the name of the street fronting the Chinese Embassy in Washington to "Liu Xiaobo Plaza," in honor of the jailed dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The amendment, proposed by Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf, would change the name of the street currently known as International Place. Wolf says it would send "a clear and powerful message that the United States remains vigilant and resolute in its commitment to safeguard human rights around the globe."

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11:58am

Wed June 25, 2014
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Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:11 pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses a crowd during a rally at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Sandy, Utah, in April. Herbert reiterated his support of the state's same-sex marriage ban, which was struck down Wednesday by a federal panel.
Rick Bowmer AP

This post updated at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Utah and Indiana are the latest states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down by a federal court, following rulings in both states Wednesday that found the prohibition unconstitutional.

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5:24pm

Tue June 24, 2014
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Methodists Reinstate Minister Who Officiated At Son's Gay Marriage

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:24 pm

United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer (right) hugs the Rev. David Wesley Brown after a news conference Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Pa. Schaefer was reinstated by the church after being defrocked for presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony.
Matt Rourke AP

A Methodist minister in Pennsylvania, who was defrocked last year for presiding over his son's same-sex wedding, has been reinstated by the church.

A nine-person appeals panel of the United Methodist Church ordered Frank Schaefer's pastoral credentials restored, saying "the jury that convicted him last year erred when fashioning his punishment," according to The Associated Press.

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4:57pm

Tue June 24, 2014
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'Star Wars' Museum Lands In Chicago

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 6:08 am

Star Wars creator George Lucas has chosen Chicago as the location of a planned museum of his art and movie memorabilia.

A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be built in the Windy City.

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2:58pm

Tue June 24, 2014
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Report Points To 'Dangerous Militarization' Of U.S. Law Enforcement

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:09 pm

During a drill, SWAT team members prepare to secure a ship in Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP

U.S. law enforcement at all levels has undergone a dangerous militarization in recent years, with heavily armed SWAT teams being deployed to serve warrants and for drug searches, but rarely for the hostage situations they were designed for, the American Civil Liberties Union says in a new report.

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1:30pm

Tue June 24, 2014
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Draft Of Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Sells For $2 Million

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 4:42 pm

A photo provided by Sotheby's shows a page from a working draft of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." The draft sold for more than $2 million.
AP

This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.

Lyrics scribbled on hotel stationery circa 1965 that later became one of the most iconic rock songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," has fetched more than $2 million in an auction at Sotheby's.

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12:25pm

Tue June 24, 2014
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NTSB: Too Much Technology, Too Little Training Caused Asiana Crash

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 1:32 pm

Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013. The NTSB concluded Tuesday that an over-reliance on automated systems contributed to the crash.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Pilot misjudgment and an over-reliance on automated systems were the main causes of last year's crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco that killed three people, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.

The Boeing 777 with 307 people aboard came in too low and too slow in its landing approach, the NTSB said. It hit a seawall, ripping off the tail and sending the plane's fuselage skidding down the tarmac.

The board said there was confusion over whether the plane was maintaining adequate speed for landing.

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4:16pm

Mon June 23, 2014
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Pro-Russian Separatists To Join Ukrainian Cease-Fire

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 5:29 pm

Alexander Borodai, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," attends a news conference in Donetsk on June 21. Borodai announced Monday that his forces would honor a temporary Ukrainian cease-fire.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

In a potential de-escalation in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, the insurgents now say they will join Kiev in observing a temporary cease-fire.

The BBC reports that the rebel announcement was made in Donetsk by Alexander Borodai, a leader of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic."

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3:15pm

Mon June 23, 2014
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Mormon Church Excommunicates Advocate For Female Priests

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:48 pm

Kate Kelly, a Mormon and founder of Ordain Women, wipes away a tear during a vigil on Sunday in Salt Lake City. Church leaders have ruled to excommunicate her for advocating in favor of female priests.
Rick Bowmer AP

An all-male panel of Mormon leaders has found a prominent member of the group Ordain Women guilty of apostasy and ordered that she be excommunicated from the church.

On its website, Ordain Women quoted from an email that Kate Kelly received informing her of the decision by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

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