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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12:43pm

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Longtime 'Mad' Magazine Editor Dies At 88

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 2:40 pm

Editor Al Feldstein works on page layouts in his office at Mad magazine's New York headquarters in 1972. A poster with the iconic character Alfred E. Neuman hangs on the wall behind him.
Jerry Mosey AP

Al Feldstein, the man who turned Mad magazine into a must-read for teens of the baby boomer generation, has died at his home near Livingston, Mont. He was 88.

Feldstein, who died Tuesday, was editor of Mad for nearly 30 years until the mid-'80s, taking the magazine to a mass audience with its blend of political and cultural satire tuned to adolescent sensibilities.

Among other things, he turned the freckle-faced, gap-toothed and jug-eared Alfred E. Neuman character, with the "What, Me Worry?" catchphrase, into a staple of the magazine.

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10:42am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

'Heartbreaking' Video Of Final Moments Aboard Korean Ferry

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 12:17 pm

Screen grab of video shot inside the sinking South Korean ferry.
Park Su-hyeon The New York Times

A cellphone video sent by a 17-year-old passenger in the final moments before a South Korean ferry capsized and sank on April 16, killing hundreds of people, has been released by the teenager's father.

The 15-minute video, shot by high school student Park Su-hyeon, gives a chilling glimpse of the last few minutes of the mostly teenage passengers as they begin to realize they may not escape with their lives. The video is edited and blurred to obscure the teens' faces. Park's father released the footage to to South Korean media this week.

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9:40am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine To Expel Russian Diplomat Reportedly Caught Taking Classified Info

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:08 am

Communist Party supporters carry red flags during their rally to mark International Labor Day in downtown Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Thursday. In recent weeks, pro-Russia separatists have seized key installations in several cities in eastern Ukraine.
Volodymyr Petrov EPA/Landov

Ukraine's government has ordered the expulsion of Russia's military attache, saying he had been caught red-handed receiving classified documents related to the country's cooperation with NATO.

The unnamed attache was taken into custody on Wednesday, has been declared persona non grata and will be thrown out of Ukraine, officials say.

"On April 30, he was caught red-handed receiving classified material from his source," said Maryna Ostapenko, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's security service, the SBU.

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9:02am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Sinn Fein Leader Questioned In 40-Year-Old Murder Case

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:05 pm

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams is in custody and being questioned in connection with a 1972 kidnapping and murder.
Peter Morrison AP

The leader of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, was in custody for a second day in Northern Ireland as police questioned him in connection with an IRA kidnapping and murder that occurred more than 40 years ago.

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7:57am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

2 Feet Of Rain Causes Massive Flooding In Florida, Alabama

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 1:14 pm

Michael Harrell of J&J Towing attaches a tow cable to a car that was swept off the road by torrential rains in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday.
GM Andrews AP

Extreme rainfall in much of the East and parts of the South is causing major problems, with Florida's Panhandle and southern Alabama — which got more than 2 feet of rain in 24 hours — bearing the brunt of the onslaught.

The torrential rains followed close on the heels of a rash of deadly tornadoes that battered a broad swath of the country earlier this week, killing dozens of people.

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6:27am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Explosion At Florida Jail Kills 2, Injures Dozens Of Inmates

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 4:10 pm

An apparent gas explosion at a jail in Pensacola, Fla., has killed at least two inmates and injured more than 100 people, including some corrections officers, according to local reports. But it's not clear yet whether the incident at the Escambia County Jail has anything to do with the extensive flooding in the region.

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2:25pm

Wed April 30, 2014
The Two-Way

A Whale Of A Problem: Town Faces Threat Of Exploding Carcass

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 10:04 am

A blue whale carcass washed up last week in Trout River, Newfoundland, Canada.
Don Bradshaw Courtesy of Don Bradshaw/NTV News

People of the small Canadian town of Trout River, Newfoundland, have a big problem that just might blow up in their faces: what to do with a giant blue whale carcass that washed up on the beach and that some say threatens to spontaneously combust.

The 80-foot-long whale appeared on the beach in the town of about 600 people a week ago. Since then, the mass of rotting blubber has become bloated with combustible methane gas and, to put it delicately, is "emitting a powerful stench."

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12:02pm

Wed April 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Botched Oklahoma Execution Prompts Questions About Lethal Injection

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:23 pm

Amber Hunt AP

The botched execution of death row inmate Clayton Lockett on Tuesday in Oklahoma is sparking a reassessment of lethal injection.

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9:26am

Wed April 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Thailand Calls New Elections Amid Fears Of Another Opposition Boycott

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:21 pm

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attends a meeting with the Election Commission in Bangkok on Wednesday. The commission has recommended fresh elections to be held July 20.
Athit Perawongmetha Reuters/Landov

Thailand's election authorities have scheduled new parliamentary polls for July 20 after an opposition boycott of a vote earlier this year led the country's Constitutional Court to declare the results invalid.

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9:01am

Wed April 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Harsh Winter Puts The Brakes On U.S. Economic Growth

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:59 pm

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Growth in the U.S. economy slowed dramatically — to just 0.1 percent — in the January-March quarter amid a particularly harsh winter, according to a report Wednesday from the Commerce Department.

The latest GDP figure was down from 2.6 percent growth in the fourth quarter of last year and represents the weakest growth since the end of 2012.

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