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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2:49pm

Fri November 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Sweden Confirms Foreign Sub Snooped In Its Waters

The Swedish corvette HMS Visby is engaged in a military operation on the fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, Mysingen Bay, Sweden, on Oct. 21. Swedish authorities say they have proof it was a foreign sub but don't know the nationality.
Fredrik Sandberg EPA/Landov

Sweden says it's now sure that a foreign submarine illegally entered its territorial waters last month, but it still can't say which country is responsible.

As we reported last month, the Swedish government launched its largest submarine hunt since the Cold War, dispatching helicopters and stealth ships to hunt for whatever it was in a grainy photograph taken by a member of the public along the Baltic coast east of the capital.

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10:13am

Fri November 14, 2014
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Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 7:06 pm

Lightning strikes near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Fla., in August. A new study says a rise in average global temperatures due to climate change will increase the frequency of lightning strikes.
Phil Sandlin AP

The likelihood of getting struck by lightning has long been a metaphor for something with an exceedingly remote probability.

But that could be changing.

A new study in the journal Science says that temperature increases due to climate change are ushering in a new era that could mean by the end of the century lightning strikes will be about half again as common as they were at the start of this century.

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8:08am

Fri November 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Hagel Announces Billions In Upgrades To Nuclear Program

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 12:25 pm

A Minuteman III missile engine is loaded into a truck for transport to another building for X-raying before being torn down and rebuilt. The Air Force's missile command-and-control structure has been the subject of several recent scandals.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today that the Pentagon is aiming to invest about 10 percent more over the next five years to upgrade the nation's nuclear deterrent, following reviews that uncovered "systemic problems" in the system.

Hagel said the U.S. was "probably looking at a 10 percent increase" in spending, according to Reuters, which said internal and external reviews have made some 100 recommendations on improving the nuclear forces.

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2:32pm

Sun November 9, 2014
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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:03 pm

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist Michael Kurth stands on the picket line for a silent protest during the lockout in September. The orchestra announced this weekend that it had reached a new four-year contract with musicians.
David Goldman AP

Musicians and management at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have reached agreement on a new labor contract after months of negotiations and a lockout, setting the stage for the ensemble's 70th anniversary season to start on Thursday. Appropriately enough, the first concert will feature Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

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10:09am

Sun November 9, 2014
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Maine Nurse To Move Out Of State Following Ebola Quarantine Row

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 2:28 pm

Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, say they will leave Maine when their self-monitoring for Ebola expires this week.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

The boyfriend of Kaci Hickox, the nurse who defiantly refused to self-quarantine after she returned from West Africa, says the couple will move out of Maine this week after a state court order restricting their movement expires.

Ted Wilbur withdrew from a nursing program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where the couple lives, and said Friday that he and Hickox were "going to try to get our lives back on track" by leaving the state.

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8:55am

Sun November 9, 2014
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Despite Truce, Heavy Shelling Resumes In Donetsk

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:20 pm

Unmarked military vehicles parked on a road outside the separatist rebel-held eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne, 50 miles from Donetsk on Saturday. Ukraine has accused Moscow of sending in more weapons and supplies to the rebels.
Mstyslav Chernov AP

The fiercest fighting in weeks has broken in eastern Ukraine, in a clear violation of a Sept. 5 ceasefire deal, as artillery and rocket fire rained down in and around the airport in the contested city of Donetsk.

Pro-Russian separatists appear to have renewed a push to seize the airport, nearly the last remnant in the region still controlled in part by the Ukrainian army.

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8:27am

Sun November 9, 2014
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Binding Or Not, Catalans Express Themselves In Referendum Vote

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 10:48 pm

A man wearing a Catalan Nationalist flag T-shirt casts his ballot in a symbolic independence vote in Barcelona on Sunday.
Albert Gea Reuters/Landov

Update at 11:45 p.m. E.T. with preliminary election results.

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans cast ballots Sunday in a non-binding referendum on whether to split with Spain — a move opposed by Madrid, which fears that even an informal vote could stoke desires for independence.

With 88 percent of the votes counted, a strong majority of voters were in favor of independence; however, only two million people voted, out of 5.4 million eligible to vote.

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7:42am

Sun November 9, 2014
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Germany's Merkel: Fall Of Berlin Wall Shows Dreams Come True

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:41 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, 3rd from left, place candles to commemorate the victims of the Wall at the Berlin Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday.
Markus Schreiber AP

A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall that split East and West Germany came down, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said its destruction shows that dreams can come true and "nothing has to stay as it is."

The Wall was built in 1961, closing off access to West Germany to stop people from the communist East from fleeing. The roughly finished concrete and barbed-wire structure became a potent Cold War symbol of what former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once described as an "Iron Curtain" dividing Europe.

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11:57am

Sat November 8, 2014
The Two-Way

5th Teen Dies From Injuries In Oct. 24 Wash. School Shooting

Student Jaylen Fryberg, who opened fire on his high school classmates last month, is seen during a homecoming celebration at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., in days before the shooting.
Jim McGauhey AP

A fifth teenager has died from wounds sustained in a Washington state school shooting two weeks ago.

Andrew Fryberg, 15, died Friday, according to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he has been treated since the Oct. 24 shooting.

The Associated Press says Fryberg was a cousin of shooter Jaylen Fryberg who died from self-inflicted wounds after opening fire in a crowded cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., about 30 miles north of Seattle.

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10:48am

Sat November 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch For Attorney General Post

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 2:33 pm

Loretta Lynch has handled or supervised a wide range of cases including New York police brutality against a Haitian immigrant, a $45 million cybertheft involving ATMs and the ongoing fraud prosecution of Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of New York.
Seth Wenig AP

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

President Obama today officially announced his nomination of Loretta Lynch, a two-time United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

"It's pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta Lynch," the president said at a news conference today after praising the work of Attorney General Eric Holder.

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9:36am

Sat November 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Two Americans Held In North Korea Are Back On U.S. Soil

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 4:11 am

Matthew Miller, who had been held in North Korea since April, 2014, is greeted by two unidentified women after arriving Saturday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP

Updated at 4:45 a.m. ET Sunday

Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, held for months in North Korea, received a joyful homecoming Saturday as their plane set down at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle.

Bae, 45, a Korean-American missionary and tour guide from Lynnwood, Wash., thanked family and supporters for not forgetting about him during his detention.

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8:27am

Sat November 8, 2014
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Asia-Pacific Nations Agree To Go After Corruption

Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing on Friday. Beijing and Washington backed an anti-corruption pact.
Reuters/Landov

Nations attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing have agreed to cooperate on the extradition of corrupt officials, a move backed by the U.S. and pushed by China, which has been on a drive to clean up bribery and money laundering in its Communist Party.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who is attending the 21-member APEC meeting, described the agreement as "a major step forward."

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7:28am

Sat November 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Mexican Authorities: Drug Traffickers Confess To Killing 43 Students

Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam addresses a news conference in Mexico City on Friday. He announced the arrest of three suspects in the brutal slaying of 43 students in the country's south.
Mario Guzman EPA/Landov

Mexican authorities says drug gang members have confessed to killing 43 students from a teachers college in the country's south and described a grisly disposal of the bodies — burning them on a pyre and then pulverizing teeth and bones to prevent the remains from being identified.

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4:54pm

Fri November 7, 2014
The Two-Way

President, Lawmakers Signal Bipartisanship In Post-Election Meeting

President Obama meets with congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on Friday. The president signaled a desire for bipartisan cooperation, but important differences remain between the White House and GOP lawmakers.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama met with congressional leaders at the White House today for the first time since Democrats took a drubbing at the polls on Tuesday. He renewed a pledge for bipartisanship to end legislative gridlock.

The president, who met with 13 leaders from both parties and both chambers, said he was "hearing and sharing" ideas on improving the economy.

He said that the American people would "like to see more cooperation" between the White House and Congress, adding, "I think all of us have the responsibility, me in particular, to try to make that happen.

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3:15pm

Fri November 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Saudi Council Reportedly Recommends Letting Some Women Drive

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:23 pm

A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jiddah as part of a June 2011 protest. An advisory council has recommended for the first time lifting a ban on female drivers.
Susan Baaghil Reuters/Landov

In an unprecedented move, a Saudi advisory council says it approves of lifting a ban on female drivers. The Shura Council proposes that certain restrictions be applied, however: Women must be at least 30, have permission from their male guardian, not wear makeup and drive only in daylight hours, The Associated Press reports.

For years, the kingdom has refused to review the ban on female drivers, which is unique to Saudi Arabia, where conservative Muslim clerics have expressed concerns that female drivers could spread "licentiousness."

The AP reports:

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