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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10:04am

Fri October 31, 2014
The Two-Way

Maine Judge Rejects State's Bid To Restrict Nurse's Movements

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 1:40 pm

Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, take delivery of a pizza at their home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday. A judge has ruled that the state cannot compel Hickox to remain in isolation if she's not showing signs of Ebola infection.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Updated at 12:55 p.m. ET

A judge in Maine has turned down a request by state officials seeking authority to compel nurse Kaci Hickox to remain in her home for the duration of a 21-day incubation for Ebola. Since returning from West Africa, where she treated Ebola patients, Hickox has refused to accept a voluntary quarantine.

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8:02am

Fri October 31, 2014
The Two-Way

Burkina Faso's Military Takes Power After President Resigns

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 2:56 pm

Protesters shout out as they go on a rampage near on Thursday outside the Parliament building in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.
Theo Renaut AP

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

Burkina Faso's military appears to have taken control of the African nation shortly after longtime President Blaise Compaore, who had ruled since staging a coup in 1987, agreed to resign as part of what he said was a plan to hold elections in 90 days.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that the country's armed forces chief, Gen. Honore Traore, announced on Friday that he was taking charge, but it wasn't clear whether his role would be as interim leader or something more permanent.

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6:49am

Fri October 31, 2014
The Two-Way

Lava Flow In Hawaii Spares Homes, But Threatens To Cut Off Community

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:30 am

Lava near the leading edge of the flow oozes over a concrete slab and toward a tangerine tree before solidifying near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii earlier this week.
U.S. Geological Survey AP

Officials in Hawaii are sending National Guard troops to the town of Pahoa on the Big Island, where a lava flow is creeping toward a main road, threatening to cut off the community.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said 83 troops have been sent to the town of fewer than 1,000 to help provide security. They are to aid in a road block and with other safety issues, The Associated Press says.

"These are local troops, people from the community. They'll be here working to take care of their family and friends," Oliveira said.

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6:01am

Fri October 31, 2014
The Two-Way

Alleged Cop-Killer Arraigned After Arrest Ends Extensive Manhunt

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 1:36 pm

Eric Frein is escorted by police into the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment in Milford, Pa., on Friday. Frein was captured by police on Thursday after a seven-week manhunt.
Rich Schultz AP

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET

Eric Frein, the man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer and wounded another before leading authorities on a massive 48-day manhunt through rural Pennsylvania, appeared in court today appearing thin and bruised from his weeks on the run.

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12:17pm

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:10 pm

Boston Mayor Tom Menino served for 20 years before stepping down this year. He died on Thursday.
Lisa Poole AP

Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Michael Menino, who held the job for more than two decades until stepping aside earlier this year, has died. He was 71.

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11:15am

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

GDP Posts Strong 3.5 Percent Growth Rate In 3rd Quarter

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:18 pm

The U.S. economy grew at the solid pace of 3.5 percent for the third quarter, helped along by gains in business investment, exports and a big jump in military spending, the Commerce Department says.

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9:24am

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Maine's Gov. Threatens Legal Action To Force Nurse Into Quarantine

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, are followed by a Maine state trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

Hours after Kaci Hickox defiantly breached a voluntary quarantine for possible Ebola by going on a bike ride, Gov. Paul LePage threatened to use "the full extent" of his authority to compel the nurse to remain in isolation.

"I was ready and willing — and remain ready and willing — to reasonably address the needs of healthcare workers meeting guidelines to assure the public health is protected," LePage said in a statement.

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8:04am

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:15 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves to a crowd before he is honored by the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Alabama state Capitol on Monday.
Brynn Anderson AP

Tim Cook, the head of the world's most iconic technology company, has come out today in an op-ed on Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he's never denied his sexual orientation but "I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now.

"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day," Cook writes.

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6:41am

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Angry Mob Sets Fire To Parliament In Burkina Faso

Demonstrators set fire to cars near Burkina Faso's Parliament on Thursday in Ouagadougou.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of protesters in Burkina Faso broke through police lines and surged into the country's parliament, setting the building on fire ahead of a vote that would have allowed the country's president to extend his 27-year rule of the West African country.

The BBC reports that the ruling party headquarters and the city hall in the capital, Ouagadougou, were also in flames. State television reportedly went off the air.

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6:09am

Thu October 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Tunisia's Secularists Victorious In Parliamentary Vote

Supporters of the secular Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections before the elections were official earlier this week in Tunis.
Hassene Dridi AP

Tunisia's main secularist party has won a decisive victory against Islamists in parliamentary elections, grabbing 85 seats, or just under 40 percent in the 217-seat assembly, according to official results.

The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party bested the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, which secured just 69 seats. Ennahda swept to power in the first such elections after the 2011 'Arab Spring' uprising in the North African country.

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1:32pm

Wed October 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Russian Engines Could Be Focus Of Antares Launch Failure Probe

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 8:34 am

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday.
Joel Kowsky AP

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports that as investigators examine what went wrong with the launch of an unmanned Antares rocket on Tuesday, they'll likely take a hard look at powerful engines originally destined to send cosmonauts to the moon, a project that was scrapped by the USSR more than four decades ago.

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10:19am

Wed October 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Maine To Enforce Quarantine For Nurse Who Worked In West Africa

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:08 pm

A photo taken Sunday of Kaci Hickox in an isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark, N.J. Hickox, who was later discharged and allowed to return to her home in Maine, says she has no intention of abiding by a "voluntary" quarantine there.
Steven Hyman AP

Maine's Gov. Paul LePage says he will seek to legally force a nurse to undergo a 21-day quarantine after her return from West Africa, where she volunteered to treat Ebola patients.

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8:56am

Wed October 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Russia Reportedly Suspected In Hack Of White House Network

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:43 am

The White House says it has taken steps to address "suspicious activity" detected on the unclassified Executive Office of the President computer network in recent weeks — a breach that The Washington Post says may be the work of hackers hired by the Kremlin.

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8:26am

Wed October 29, 2014
The Two-Way

North Korean Officials Reportedly Executed For Watching Soap Operas

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:34 am

At least 10 North Korean officials have reportedly been put to death recently for the crime of watching South Korean soap operas.

The latest public executions reportedly bring to at least 50 the number of people put to death by the hard-line regime for taking in the unauthorized day-time dramas from south of the DMZ, The Independent reports, quoting South Korean sources familiar with a National Intelligence Service (NIS) briefing.

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6:56am

Wed October 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Kurdish Fighters Begin Using Turkish Crossing To Reach Kobani

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:00 am

An explosion following an airstrike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani from near the Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern town of Suruc, in Turkey's Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday.
Yannis Behrakis Reuters/Landov

For the first time, a small group of Syrian rebels have been permitted to transit Turkish territory en route to the fight against militants of the self-declared Islamic State in the besieged border city of Kobani.

The Associated Press reports, citing Syrian activists and Kurdish officials, that the group of around 50 armed men are from the Free Syrian Army. It was reported earlier that Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters were also being allowed to cross from Turkey.

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