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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1:08pm

Fri July 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee

A manatee spotted in the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal on Thursday. It's very unusual for the Florida native to get so far north.
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

A manatee was seen swimming in a northern canal that joins the Chesapeake Bay with the smaller and shallower Delaware Bay just days after the marine mammal was spotted in an estuary of the Potomac River.

The docile "sea cow," is normally found in the warm waters of Florida and is a rare sight so far north.

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9:16am

Fri July 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Thai Prosecutors Seek Indictments Against Scores Of Alleged Human Traffickers

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 1:22 pm

Office of the Attorney General spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong talks to reporters during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday after the announcement that scores had been indicted on charges of human trafficking.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Prosecutors in Thailand have recommended charges against more than 100 people, including an army general, in connection with a probe triggered by the discovery earlier this year of some 30 gravesites near the country's southern border containing the remains of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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8:06am

Fri July 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Anthem To Buy Cigna, Creating Largest Health Insurer By Enrollment

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:25 am

Anthem, headquartered in Indianapolis, is buying rival Cigna in a deal valued at $48 billion announced Friday.
Michael Conroy AP

Health insurer Anthem has struck a deal to acquire rival Cigna for $48 billion — a buyout that would create the country's largest health insurer by enrollment.

The combined entity would have an estimated revenue of $115 billion and cover 53 million people in the U.S.

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5:35pm

Thu July 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Turkey Agrees To Allow Use Of Its Soil For Airstrikes Against ISIS

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 11:55 pm

A U.S. Air Force plane takes off as a Turkish air force fighter jet taxis at the Incirlik airbase, southern Turkey, in 2013. Reversing an earlier policy, Ankara has agreed to allow the U.S.-led coalition to fly anti-ISIS airstrikes from the base.
Vadim Ghirda AP

Updated at 11:30 p.m. ET

Turkey has agreed to allow anti-ISIS coalition warplanes to begin using the air base at Incirlik in the country's east to carry out airstrikes against the extremist group in neighboring Syria, NPR has confirmed.

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5:13pm

Thu July 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Army Warns Of 'Armed Citizens' Trying To Protect Recruiting Stations

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:51 pm

Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the shooting at the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office on July 17 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Since the shooting, armed civilians have begun trying to guard such centers.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The Army is not happy about armed civilians who have been appearing at recruiting stations in several states in the wake of the Chattanooga shootings, ostensibly to help guard against such attacks.

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1:35pm

Thu July 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:24 pm

Artist's concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.

A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation Cygnus, is 385 days, meaning its orbit is just a bit farther away from its star than the Earth is from the sun. That places it squarely within what planetary scientists call the habitable zone, or "Goldilocks" zone — not too cold and not too hot.

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10:42am

Thu July 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Executions In Iran Undergo 'Unprecedented Spike,' Amnesty Says

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 1:57 pm

People gather opposite Downing Street during a protest against the execution of a young woman in Iran, in October of last year. Amnesty International says that Iran has undergone an "unprecedented spike" in executions in recent months.
Graham Mitchell Barcroft Media/Landov

Amnesty International has identified what it says is an "unprecedented spike" in executions in Iran in recent months, writing in a new report that at least 743 people may have been put to death in 2014 and nearly 700 more since the beginning of the year.

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9:12am

Thu July 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Greece Approves Reforms, Clearing Hurdle For Bailout Deal

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:50 pm

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listens to Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos as Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos looks on during a parliamentary session in Athens on Thursday.
Yiannakis Kourtoglou Reuters/Landov

Greek lawmakers have approved a set of overhauls that were the last obstacles standing between Athens and a desperately needed 86 billion euro line of credit, which is being fronted by creditors along with a demand for domestic reforms.

The latest measures include a restructuring of the banking and judicial systems, passed easily (230-63 with five abstentions) despite thousands of anti-austerity protesters demonstrating loudly outside the Parliament building.

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3:32pm

Sun July 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Japan's Mitsubishi Apologizes For Using U.S. POWs As Forced Labor In WWII

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 6:14 pm

James Murphy, World War II veteran and prisoner of war, was photographed at his home in Santa Maria, Calif., on Thursday. Murphy received an apology from a senior Mitsubishi executive for being forced to work in the company's mines during the war.
Michael A. Mariant AP

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

Japan's Mitsubishi corporation is making a big apology. It's not for any recall or defect in its products, which include automobiles, but for its use of American prisoners of war as forced labor during World War II.

James Murphy, 94, traveled from his home in Santa Maria, Calif., to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, where a ceremony was held and Hikaru Kimura, a senior Mitsubishi executive, made the apology in person.

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12:43pm

Sun July 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Trump Doubles Down On McCain Criticism, Refusing To Apologize

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 3:56 pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
Nati Harnik AP

Veterans groups have added to the chorus of condemnation against Donald Trump — much of it coming from within his own party — following disparaging remarks the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate made about Sen. John McCain's war record.

And Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:

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