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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6:02pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Lawmakers Put Brakes On Resolution To Ban Mississippi Flag From Capitol

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 11:14 am

The state flag of Mississippi is unfurled against the front of the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday. The flag has been the center of renewed controversy since last week's racially motivated shooting of nine parishioners at a black church in South Carolina.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

A proposed resolution to remove state flags containing any portion of the Confederate battle flag from the U.S. Capitol has been put on hold by House Republicans.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson, the only black member of Mississippi's congressional delegation, would authorize the Speaker of the House to remove any state flag that contained the Confederate symbol on the House side of the Capitol complex. Mississippi is the only state flag that would be affected.

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3:27pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

California Lawmakers Vote To Remove Vaccine Exemptions For Schoolchildren

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:37 pm

Leukemia survivor Rhett Krawitt, 7, carries a box of petitions representing more than 30,000 people supporting a measure requiring nearly all California schoolchildren to be vaccinated. He took them to the governor's office at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday. The state Assembly voted Thursday to remove so-called "personal belief exemptions" for immunizations.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

The California Assembly has joined the state Senate in voting to approve a controversial bill requiring all children attending school to be vaccinated against measles and other common, preventable illnesses — effectively eliminating so-called "personal belief exemptions" that allowed parents to opt out.

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2:01pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Pope: Sometimes Marital Separation 'Morally Necessary'

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:26 pm

Nuns greet Pope Francis as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Thursday. The pope, speaking at his weekly general audience, said sometimes separation is "morally necessary."
Tony Gentile Reuters/Landov

Pope Francis, speaking on family issues, says that sometimes marriages are so damaged that it is "morally necessary" for a husband and wife to separate.

"There are cases in which separation is inevitable," the pontiff said at his weekly general audience. "Sometimes it can become even morally necessary, precisely when it comes to subtracting the weaker spouse, or small children, from more serious injuries caused by arrogance and violence, by humiliation and exploitation ... and by indifference."

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11:51am

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama: Affordable Care Act Is 'Here To Stay'

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:28 pm

President Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden after the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Gary Cameron Reuters/Landov

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET

President Obama, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today to uphold a key provision of his signature health care law, said after numerous challenges, the Affordable Care Act has been "woven into the fabric of America" and "is here to stay."

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10:33am

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

'Stealthy' Giant Rhea Eludes Police In U.K.

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:45 pm

The female partner of the missing rhea bird that has been on the loose from a private collection in Carlton-in-Lindrick near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, U.K.
Joe Giddens PA Photos/Landov

The giant ostrich-like rhea, despite its largely useless vestigial wings, seems to be something of a flight risk.

Last year, we brought you the story of one of the birds — native to South America — that escaped from a farm in the U.K., startling cyclists and otherwise wreaking mayhem in the English countryside.

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9:10am

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

ISIS Launches Push To Retake Border Town Of Kobani

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:16 pm

Civilians, reportedly wounded by fighting in Kobani, wait with their relatives to cross into Turkey at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Tel Abyad, Syria, on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Islamic State fighters, who were ousted from the Kurdish border town of Kobani in January, have launched an offensive to recapture the Syrian city — setting off car bombs as a prelude to an attack, NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

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2:44pm

Sun June 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Report: ISIS Lays Mines Around Ancient Sites In Palmyra

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 3:01 pm

The Roman theater in Palmyra, which dates from the 1st century A.D. Islamic States militants have reportedly placed landmines around it and other ancient ruins.
Prismaarchivo DPA/Landov

Islamic State militants have sown landmines around ancient ruins in the Syrian city of Palmyra, captured by the Islamist group in May, according to a British-based monitoring group.

It wasn't clear, however, whether the move is a prelude to destroying the Roman-era sites or securing them from Syrian government forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

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1:20pm

Sun June 21, 2015
The Two-Way

'Speed,' Galápagos Tortoise Who Came To San Diego In 1933, Dies At 150

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 6:46 pm

This undated photo from the San Diego Zoo shows Speed, a Galapagos tortoise that has been at the zoo since 1933. The zoo reported Friday that Speed had been euthanized at an estimated age of more than 150 years.
AP

A rare Galápagos tortoise, known affectionately as "Speed," has died at the San Diego Zoo — his home of more than eight decades. He was (approximately) 150.

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9:34am

Sun June 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Search For Escaped Convicts In New York Shifts After Possible Sighting

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 6:45 pm

David Sweat (left) and Richard Matt (right) in a 2015 file photo released by the New York State Police after the two escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6.
AP

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

Authorities on a massive manhunt for a pair of convicted murderers, who made an extraordinary escape from a prison in upstate New York two weeks ago, have shifted the focus of their search to Allegany County near the Pennsylvania border after reports of a possible sighting of David Sweat and Richard Matt.

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8:09am

Sun June 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Emotional Service Held At Charleston Church Days After Shootings

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 11:24 pm

Mourners gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on Sunday.
Pool Photo By David Goldman/Getty Images

Updated at 11:10 a.m. EST

The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., today is holding its first Sunday service following a horrific shooting that killed nine members of a Bible study group there.

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