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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The Two-Way
12:41 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Syria Says Israeli Warplanes Strike Targets Near Damascus

Syrian state media say Israeli planes hit government-controlled zones in and around Damascus in what independent observers have said was an apparent effort to target Hezbollah arms shipments.

"The Israeli enemy committed aggression against Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, in all of Dimas and near the Damascus International Airport," state television said, adding that there were no casualties, according to Reuters.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Sun December 7, 2014

'Washington Post' Reporter, Detained For Months In Iran, Is Charged

Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for The Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign even for President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in 2013. Rezaian, who was arrested in July, was charged by Iran on Saturday.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:27 am

Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tehran who has been held by the Iranian government for more than four months, was formally charged over the weekend, but the specifics are not yet known, his newspaper reports.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Sun December 7, 2014

U.S. Reportedly Unaware Of Second Hostage Ahead Of Failed Rescue

South African Pierre Korkie was killed in a failed rescue attempt along with American photojournalist Luke Somers. U.S. officials were reportedly unaware that Korkie was being held along with Somers nor that arrangements had already been made for his release.
AP

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 8:33 pm

Update at 12:05 p.m. ET

More details are trickling in out about this weekend's failed attempt to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers from his al-Qaida captors in Yemen.

Somers, 33, was held along with a South African teacher, Pierre Korkie; both were killed by their kidnappers when U.S. Navy SEALs were detected before they were able to snatch the captives.

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6:51 am
Sun December 7, 2014

6 Gitmo Detainees Transferred To Uruguay, U.S. Says

Cooperative captives conduct afternoon prayers inside a communal cellblock at Camp 6 last month at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Six long-time detainees of the prison have been transferred to Uruguay.
Walter Michot MCT/Landov

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 12:19 pm

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

Six men long detained at Guantanamo Bay – four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian – were transferred this morning to Uruguay in a deal forged by the White House to reduce the inmate population at the controversial prison, which President Obama has promised to close.

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The Two-Way
6:05 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Protests Over Police Killings Turn Violent In Berkeley, Calif.

A protester flees as police officers try to disperse a crowd comprised largely of student demonstrators during a protest against police violence in the U.S., in Berkeley, California early Sunday.
Noah Berger Reuters/Landov

Police in Berkeley, Calif., used smoke, flares and rubber bullets against demonstrators who turned unruly overnight amid rallies to protest the police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

DOJ To Issue New Federal Rules On Profiling

A TSA agent checks a bag at a security checkpoint area at Midway International Airport last month. The new federal government guidelines on racial and religious profiling won't apply to the TSA.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 2:14 pm

The Justice Department is preparing to release new guidelines for some federal agents that would prohibit them from using such factors as religion or sexual orientation to profile individuals, but the new policy would not apply at airports or border crossings.

NPR's Carrie Johnson says the DOJ has been considering the change, expected out any day, for the past five years.

"They will add some new categories that are prohibited, like sexual orientation and religion," Carrie tells Weekend All Things Considered.

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The Two-Way
10:22 am
Sat December 6, 2014

LAPD Says It Will Investigate Abuse Claim Against Cosby

Judy Huth, left, appears at a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred outside the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division station on Friday. Huth says she was drugged and raped by comedian Bill Cosby in 1974 when she was 15 years old.
Anthony McCartney AP

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:09 am

Los Angeles police say they will investigate a woman's claims that in the mid-1970s at the age of 15, she was molested by comedian Bill Cosby.

The Associated Press says: "The investigation was opened Friday after Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby for sexual battery, met with detectives for 90 minutes, Officer Jane Kim said."

Further, the AP says: "Huth's civil suit claims Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was underage."

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Key Al-Qaida Leader Reportedly Killed In Pakistani Raid

Adnan Shukrijumah is shown in these undated images provided by the FBI. The suspected al-Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S., was reportedly killed in a raid by the Pakistani military.
Anonymous AP

A top al-Qaida leader who allegedly planned to bomb passenger trains in New York and London has been killed in a raid by Pakistani troops near the Afghan border, according to the government in Islamabad.

A statement by Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations said Adnan Shukrijumah was killed in the raid in the Sheen Warsak region of South Waziristan in west central Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
6:35 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Hagel: 10,800 Troops To Stay In Afghanistan After Dec. 31

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is greeted by Gen. John F. Campbell (right) after arriving in Kabul on Saturday. Hagel announced that an additional 1,000 U.S. troops would remain behind in the country after Dec. 31.
Mark Wilson AP

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 12:01 pm

An additional 1,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan for the first several months of 2015, leaving 10,800 in the country at the start of the year, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told reporters at a briefing in Kabul today.

According to a revised drawdown schedule, the U.S. contingent was to have numbered 9,800, but Hagel said "the president's authorization will not change our troops' missions, or the long-term timeline for our drawdown."

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The Two-Way
3:02 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

Gas prices in Oklahoma City have dipped under $2.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:50 pm

The photo above isn't from the archives. It was taken this week in Oklahoma City, where the price of regular gas has fallen under $2 a gallon. The last time that happened anywhere in the U.S. was in July 2010.

The OnCue filling station is the first in the country to drop its price below the $2/gallon threshold.

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The Two-Way
1:59 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

EU Court Orders France To Compensate Somali Pirates

Zodiac commando boats arrive at the rear of the French luxury yacht Le Ponant, whose crew was held hostage by pirates, in April 2008. The French navy frigate Le Commandant Bouan is seen in the background, off Somalia's coast.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:35 pm

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered France to pay up to 7,000 euros in compensation to each of nine Somali pirates who were detained after hijacking two French yachts in the Gulf of Aden in 2008.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Greece Condemns British Museum For Lending Out Elgin Marbles

An undated handout image released by the British Museum of a headless sculpture of the river god Ilissos. The British Museum has put the sculpture, one of the Elgin Marbles, on loan to the Hermitage Museum in Russia, the first time one of the Parthenon sculptures has been lent.
AP

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 1:06 pm

The Elgin Marbles, a collection of classical Greek sculptures that has been housed by the British Museum in London for nearly 200 years, will go on loan to Russia in a move Athens, which has long demanded their return, has called "an affront."

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said in a statement, according to the BBC: "We Greeks are one with our history and civilization, which cannot be broken up, loaned out, or conceded."

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Fri December 5, 2014

China's Ex-Security Chief Arrested On Corruption Charges

A 2012 photo of Zhou Yongkang, the then-Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security. Zhou has been arrested on charges of corruption and leaking state secrets.
Lee Jin-man AP

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:04 pm

A former Chinese domestic security chief has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party on charges of bribery and leaking state secrets. Zhou Yongkang, who has been under investigation for months, becomes the highest-ranking leader to become ensnared in the country's high-profile crackdown on corruption.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Fri December 5, 2014

A Year After Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines Braces For Another Big Hit

A satellite image showing Super Typhoon Hagupit on Friday.
U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:50 pm

Super Typhoon Hagupit, briefly downgraded before regaining strength, is set to smash into the Philippine coast on Saturday. The massive storm is already forcing tens of thousands of people to flee its predicted path, which might include a direct hit on the capital, Manila.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Pentagon Says It Failed In Rescue Of American Hostage Last Month

Luke Somers, 33, an American photojournalist who was kidnapped over a year ago by al-Qaida, poses for a picture during a parade marking the second anniversary of the revolution in Sanaa, Yemen.
Hani Mohammed AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 3:18 pm

The Pentagon says it launched a mission in Yemen last month to snatch hostages from al-Qaida-affiliated captors, but that they failed to rescue British-born American Luke Somers among others because they "were not present at the targeted location."

In a written statement released today, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the operation involved ground and air components and was conducted in cooperation with the Yemeni military. It said details of the operation remain classified.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ex-Justice Of The Peace Found Guilty In Texas Revenge Killing

Eric Williams (right) makes his way into the courtroom on the second day of his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, on Tuesday.
Vernon Bryant AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 3:13 pm

A former Texas justice of the peace has been found guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of a district attorney, the DA's wife and an assistant prosecutor in a rural suburb of Dallas last year.

Eric Williams, 47, faces a possible death sentence for killing Cynthia McLelland, the wife of slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. He has also been charged separately in the killings of Mike McLelland and prosecutor Mark Hasse, according to The Associated Press.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Thu December 4, 2014

China To End Organ Harvesting From Executed Inmates

Relatives of deceased organ donors mourn for them at a ceremony unveiling a monument for the organ donors in April in Chongqing, China.
Feature China/ Barcroft Media Barcroft Media/Landov

China says it will halt the controversial practice of harvesting human organs for transplant from executed prisoners beginning on Jan. 1 in what The New York Times describes as "the firmest deadline given to date for ending" the practice.

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Thu December 4, 2014

NASA Scrubs Launch Of Orion Spacecraft

NASA's Orion spaceship early Thursday in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Chris O'Meara AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 12:38 pm

Update at 9:35 a.m. ET

NASA's Orion spacecraft, which could one day send astronauts to Mars, is stuck on terra firma for at least another day after the space agency's mission control was unable to satisfactorily resolve a number of issues before a 9:45 a.m. ET launch window closed.

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The Two-Way
11:31 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Hong Kong Police Push Back Pro-Democracy Protesters

Pro-democracy protesters set up a new roadblock close to the chief executive office in Hong Kong late Sunday.
Tyrone Siu Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 12:38 pm

In Hong Kong, thousands of pro-democracy protesters wearing hard hats and masks clashed with police as they attempted to storm the office of the territory's leader, who they have repeatedly demanded step down.

Chanting "Surround government headquarters!" and "Open the road!" students marched toward buildings in Admiralty, next to Hong Kong's central business district, according to Reuters.

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Kabul's Police Chief Steps Down Amid Stepped-Up Taliban Attacks

Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday — one of several in recent days that appears to signal a major upsurge in Taliban violence in the city.
Rahmat Gul AP

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 12:35 pm

Kabul's police chief is stepping down after a series of deadly militant attacks on foreigners that have shaken the capital in recent days.

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