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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3:51pm

Thu November 20, 2014
The Two-Way

White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups

The White House acknowledged today that it overreported the number of signups under the Affordable Care Act by nearly 400,000 people.

Some people with separate medical and dental plans were counted twice, leading the administration to state erroneously that more than 7 million had enrolled in coverage under ACA, instead of the correct figure of about 6.7 million.

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12:46pm

Thu November 20, 2014
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So What Is An 'Executive Action' Anyway?

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:50 pm

In July, President Obama signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace executive order, requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

You can read here about President Obama's executive action on immigration. Or here, a story about his executive order.

Although commonly conflated in the media, the two terms aren't exactly interchangeable.

In short ...

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9:15am

Thu November 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Swedish Appeals Court Upholds Detention Order For Julian Assange

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:59 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends an August news conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. On Thursday, a Swedish appeals court upheld a 2010 detention order against Assange on accusations of sexual assault.
John Stillwell Xinhua/Landov

An appeals court in Sweden has upheld a detention order in connection with sex assault accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since seeking refuge there more than two years ago.

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8:03am

Thu November 20, 2014
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Buffalo, Parts Of Upper Midwest Brace For More Snow

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:59 pm

A man walks along a snow-covered street Thursday. Some areas of northern and western New York state could get a combined total of 8 feet of snow this week.
Mike Groll AP

The good people of Buffalo are certainly no strangers to snow — but this week has put even the city's most seasoned winter veterans to the test.

The latest from the National Weather Service is that parts of western New York state could get another 3 feet of lake-effect snow on top of the 5.5 feet already on the ground. At least 10 deaths are attributed to this week's severe weather.

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1:40pm

Sun November 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Producer Of 'Knight Rider' And 'Battlestar Galactica' Dies At 77

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 3:03 pm

Glen Larson, the writer and producer behind TV series such as the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I. and Quincy, M.E., has died. He was 77.
Rocco Ceselin AP

Glen A. Larson, who produced some of the most iconic television shows of the '70s and '80s – including the Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica, Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider, died Friday at age 77.

The Los Angeles Times quotes the producer's son, James, as saying he died at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica of complications from esophageal cancer.

Prior to his television career, Larson was a singer in the The Four Preps.

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10:19am

Sun November 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Clearing Of MH17 Debris Begins In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 2:39 pm

A pro-Russian rebel fighter guards an area of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, earlier this week. Investigators erect a "no trespassing" sign in the background.
Mstyslav Chernov AP

Dutch investigators have begun clearing the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, four months after the Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 289 aboard in an incident that sparked international outrage against separatists blamed for the attack.

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8:56am

Sun November 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Nigerian Army Retakes Chibok, Home Of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 2:39 pm

Nigeria's army says it has recaptured the northeastern town of Chibok from Boko Haram militants who claimed to have seized it the day before, six months after the rebels abducted hundreds of schoolgirls from the city.

Nigerian army spokesman Brig. Gen. Olajide Olaleye told the Associated Press that "Chibok is firmly in the hands of the Nigerian army."

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7:52am

Sun November 16, 2014
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Female Afghan Lawmaker Survives Suicide Bomb Attack

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 2:39 pm

Afghan parliamentarian Shukria Barakzai is an ally of newly elected President Ashraf Ghani and a women's rights advocate.
S. Sabawoon EPA/Landov

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

An outspoken female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a suicide bomb attack on her vehicle in the capital, Kabul, that killed three bystanders and hurt more than 10 others.

Member of Parliament Shukria Barakzai, an ally of newly elected President Ashraf Ghani who has fought for women's rights in the male-dominated society, was only slightly wounded in the attack. Speaking from her hospital bed, she told Reuters "I survived because of my people's prayers."

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7:17am

Sun November 16, 2014
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G20 Leaders Pledge Growth, Threaten More Sanctions On Russia

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 1:17 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and other leaders at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.
Kay Nietfeld DPA/Landov

President Obama departed the venue of the annual G20 summit in Australia today, declaring it had been a "strong week for American leadership."

The gathering wrapped up by promising to fight climate change and work toward boosting economic growth even as leaders made it clear that new sanctions would be imposed on Russia if Moscow doesn't back down in Eastern Ukraine.

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3:53pm

Sat November 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Ebola-Infected Doctor Arrives In Nebraska For Treatment

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 10:13 am

Health workers in protective suits transport Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who has been diagnosed with Ebola, from a jet that brought him from Sierra Leone to a waiting ambulance in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday.
Nati Harnik AP

A surgeon who became infected with Ebola while in Sierra Leone, the West Africa country hard-hit by the virus, has arrived in Nebraska for treatment.

Dr. Martin Salia, 44, was being transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center after landing at an Air Force base in Omaha.

Salia was diagnosed on Monday while still in Africa. His condition is considered critical. Nebraska Medical Center said in a statement that Salia is "possibly sicker than the first patients successfully treated in the United States."

The Associated Press says:

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1:37pm

Sat November 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Boko Haram Seizes Town That Is Home To Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 7:16 pm

#BringBackOurGirls" campaigners participate in a lamentation parade in Abuja, in early November, as more towns in Nigeria come under attack from Boko Haram.
Afolabi Sotunde Reuters/Landov

Boko Haram, the Nigerian rebel group that kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April, has seized the northeastern town where the girls were abducted.

The Guardian reports:

"The militants attacked at about 4pm on Thursday, destroying communications masts and forcing residents to flee, according to witnesses. One described running past bodies strewn on a street.

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10:55am

Sat November 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Putin Gets Frosty Reception At G20 In Australia

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 2:09 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks to his side during the family photo session of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday. Putin was sternly criticized by Western leaders over Moscow's involvement in eastern Ukraine.
Rob Griffith AP

President Obama and other Western leaders gave Russian leader Vladimir Putin an earful at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, today.

Obama said the United States is on the forefront of "opposing Russia's aggression against Ukraine," and referenced the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine — a move widely blamed on pro-Russia separatists armed with surface-to-air missiles provided by Moscow.

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10:04am

Sat November 15, 2014
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Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Barred From Traveling To Beijing

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 12:10 pm

Federation of Students representatives Alex Chow Yong-kang (second left), Eason Chung Yiu-wa (second right) and Nathan Law Kwun-chung (right) talk to the media before trying to board a plane to Beijing on Saturday. They were told that Beijing authorities had revoked their travel documents.
Jerome Favre EPA/Landov

A group of Hong Kong pro-democracy student leaders were turned away at the airport as they sought to board a flight to Beijing in hopes of meeting with mainland officials to discuss greater freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory.

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9:23am

Sat November 15, 2014
The Two-Way

In NPR Interview, Bill Cosby Declines To Discuss Assault Allegations

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 3:42 pm

Entertainer Bill Cosby speaking during a Veterans Day ceremony, on Tuesday. After settling a lawsuit over accusations of sexual assault in 2006, a second woman has come forward with similar claims.
Matt Rourke AP

Updated on Monday, Nov. 17, at 4:40 p.m. ET.

In an NPR interview with Bill Cosby that aired today on Weekend Edition Saturday, the comedian discusses the loan of 62 pieces of African Art for an exhibition in Washington, D.C.

But there's one thing the 77-year-old actor would not comment on: accusations of sexual assault that have been leveled against him.

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3:49pm

Fri November 14, 2014
The Two-Way

WATCH: Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Has Snack, Playtime

Pup 681 enjoys a snack and some playtime at its new home at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
Shedd Aquarium YouTube screengrab

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has a new resident — an orphaned southern sea otter that was rescued from the California coast north of Monterey.

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