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
7:26 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott looks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, last month. Abbott announced Sunday that his government would close a loophole to discourage families from refusing childhood vaccinations.
Lukas Coch EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 11:25 am

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

Australia has announced plans to halt welfare payments and child care rebates to families that refuse to have their children vaccinated — an aggressive move aimed at clamping down on a rising number of parents who opt out of immunizations.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday that the government was closing a loophole and would stop payments of up to $11,500 per child (15,000 Australian dollars) for parents who don't get their kids immunized by claiming to be "conscientious objectors."

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6:28 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Pope's Remarks On Armenian 'Genocide' Spark Row With Turkey

Prelates take pictures as Pope Francis celebrates an Armenian-Rite Mass to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Sunday.
Gregorio Borgia AP

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 1:36 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

Pope Francis today touched off a diplomatic dispute between the Turkey and the Holy See when he referred to the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I as "genocide."

That view, long disputed by Turkey, caused Ankara to summon the Vatican envoy and to recall its own ambassador to the Roman Catholic Church.

"Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it," Francis said at Mass Sunday in the Armenian Catholic rite in St. Peter's Basilica.

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

U.S. Capitol Briefly Placed On Lockdown After Apparent Suicide

Members of law enforcement and emergency services gather and a perimeter created around the west front of the U.S. Capitol as the U.S. Capitol was on lockdown Saturday after an apparent suicide.
Carolyn Kaster AP

A "precautionary lockdown" of the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Visitor Center has been lifted today after a shot was fired in an apparent suicide, according to police.

"The suspected shooter has been neutralized but the U.S. Capitol Building has been locked down as a precautionary measure," Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a written statement after the shooting, which occurred around 1 p.m. EDT.

No one else is believed to have been hurt, The Associated Press says.

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12:27 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Part Of Fishing Boat Destroyed In Japan Tsunami Appears Off Oregon

An image provide by Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. shows a chunk of a fiberglass boat 25-30' long that was spotted off the Oregon shore west of Ona Beach on Thursday. The debris is the latest to reach the U.S. West Coast from Japan's devastating 2011 tsunami.
AP

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 1:26 pm

A piece of a commercial fishing boat that was ripped from Japan's coast by the March 11, 2011 tsunami has turned up on near Oregon four years later, carrying a small diaspora of live yellowtail jack fish, native to east Asian waters, according to state park officials.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Egyptian Court Sentences U.S. Citizen To Life In Prison

Egyptian Judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata reads the verdicts against Mohammed Soltan and others charged with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo on Saturday.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 10:29 am

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

An Egyptian court has sentenced an American, Mohamed Soltan, to life in prison for having ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, as the court also handed down a fourth death sentence on the leader of the Islamist group that was ousted from power in a 2013 coup.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Thai Tourist Island Rocked By Car Bomb

Thai officers examine the wreckage of a pickup truck after an explosion at Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand.
AP

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 8:48 am

A car bomb in Thailand's tourist island of Samui wounded seven people in an attack that authorities have suggested is linked to activists opposed to the country's junta.

Michael Sullivan, reporting for NPR from Bangkok, says the seven were injured in the explosion that rocked the island in the Gulf of Thailand ahead of the Thai New Year festivities — a major attraction for foreign tourists.

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6:46 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Kansas Man Arrested For Alleged ISIS-Inspired Bomb Plot

A water tower at Fort Riley, Kan., in a photograph taken in February. John T. Booker Jr. is accused of plotting a car bomb attack on the U.S. Army post.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 7:16 am

A man who authorities say was sympathetic to the self-declared Islamic State and plotting to carry out a suicide bombing at a U.S. Army base in Kansas, has been arrested and charged following a lengthy FBI sting operation.

John T. Booker Jr., 20, of Topeka, was apprehended Friday morning "while making final preparations for the suicide car bomb attack" he'd been planning at Fort Riley, Kansas Public Radio's Stephen Koranda reports.

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6:21 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Obama, Castro Sit For Historic Meeting At Americas Summit

Cuban President Raul Castro and President Obama shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday. It was the first substantive talk between leaders of the two countries in more than five decades.
Pool Scott Horsley

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 4:07 pm

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro today moved an important step closer to normalizing relations between their nations after decades of Cold War rival animosity, sitting down for the first substantive meeting in more than 50 years between leaders of the two countries.

Obama and Castro shook hands and exchanged pleasantries for a second time at the Summit of the Americas being held in Panama City.

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The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Cool Atlantic, Warm Pacific Could Mean Few Hurricanes

Hurricane Arthur, the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, as it nears landfall in the Carolinas.
LANCE-MODIS NASA

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 2:43 pm

Seven named storms, three hurricanes — one of them major.

That's the early prediction for the 2015 Atlantic basin hurricane season by Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Sciences. If the forecast pans out, it would be one of the quietest seasons in decades.

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10:05 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Tiny Territories Mingle At MicroCon; Passports Optional

This April 8 photo shows His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Westarctica, aka Travis McHenry, posing in his uniform in West Hollywood, Calif.
Gabriela Alvarez AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 1:50 pm

Freedonia won't be sending a representative, but delegates from Molossia, Slabovia and Broslavia will all attend the MicroCon 2015 summit in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Bid On Sunday

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House on Sunday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 1:48 pm

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will officially announce her intention to seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president on Sunday afternoon, ending years of speculation over her plans to pursue the Oval Office, NPR has learned.

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7:06 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Pakistan's Parliament Rejects Joining Saudi Coalition In Yemen

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 11:19 am

Pakistan's parliament has rejected a proposal to join a Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Houthi rebels, a move that could dash Riyadh's hopes of forming a wider Sunni front against the Iranian-allied rebels on its southern flank.

Pakistani lawmakers instead approved a draft resolution calling on all sides in the Arabian Peninsula conflict to peacefully resolve their differences peacefully. Riyadh had asked for troops, planes and possibly naval support.

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1:42 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

PG&E Hit With $1.6 Billion Penalty For 2010 Calif. Pipeline Explosion

A Sept. 10, 2010 photo showing firefighters and rescue crews working amid damage caused by the pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:36 am

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.has been ordered to pay a $1.6 billion penalty — the largest ever levied against a public utility — for a 2010 explosion in a gas pipeline it operated that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in a San Francisco suburb.

The five-member California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-0 Thursday to impose the penalty. President Michael Picker called for a larger review of problems at PG&E, a move that The Associated Press says "suggests the energy behemoth could be broken up."

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11:19 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Chinese TV Star Apologizes For Remarks Critical Of Mao

Bi Fujian, an anchor of China Central Television (CCTV), speaks during a news conference in Beijing, in 2013. Bi has publicly apologized for remarks he made at a private dinner that were critical of the late communist leader Mao Zedong.
China Stringer Network Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:05 pm

A Chinese television star made a public apology after controversial remarks he made that were critical of communist revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.

Bi Fujian, a regular presenter on state-run CCTV and the host of its annual New Year's variety show — the most-watched television program in the world, according to the BBC — says he's sorry for his actions.

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Thu April 9, 2015

China's Neighbors See Mischief In What's Happening At Disputed Reef

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:24 pm

There's something amiss on Mischief Reef: Before and after satellite imagery of the disputed coral atoll in the South China Sea taken a few years ago and last month show that the reef is growing. And the telltale presence of a Chinese flotilla is proof of who's been at work dredging up white sand and depositing it on the surface.

Meiji Reef, as the Chinese call it, is part of the Spratly Islands, an archipelago that has long been the source of a tug-of-war between China, Vietnam, the Philippines and at least three other claimants.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Founder Of Indian IT Giant Satyam Gets 7 Years For Fraud

Ramalinga Raju, founder and former chairman of fraud-hit Satyam Computer Services, is escorted from a court in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad in April 2009. Raju and nine other defendants have been convicted of fraud and conspiracy.
Krishnendu Halder Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:33 am

In one of India's largest-ever cases of corporate fraud, the founder and chairman of failed outsourcing giant Satyam Computer Services and nine other defendants have been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of stealing millions from shareholders.

An Indian court in the country's tech hub, Hyderabad, ruled Thursday that B. Ramalinga Raju, his two brothers and seven other officials of Satyam — which collapsed in 2009 — used forged documents and fake bank accounts in a scheme that cost the company's shareholders $2.28 billion.

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12:55 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Netanyahu: 'I'm Not Trying To Kill Any Deal' With Iran

A photo released by Government Press Office shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he delivers a statement on April 3 "strongly opposing" the framework deal.
Kobi Gideon AP

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 3:36 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the U.S. to seek a better agreement with Iran over its nuclear weapons program, insisting that he's not trying to kill any deal, just "a bad deal."

Netanyahu, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, argued that the current plan "leaves the preeminent terrorist state of our time with a vast nuclear infrastructure."

He lamented that "not one centrifuge is destroyed" under the agreement.

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8:26 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Large Hadron Collider Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus

The Control Centre of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Prevessin near Geneva. The LHC has been turned on for the first time after two years of upgrades.
Denis Balibouse Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:15 am

The Large Hadron Collider — the giant particle accelerator in Switzerland that confirmed the Higgs boson — is back online after two years and ready to ramp up to twice its previous proton-smashing energy.

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7:07 am
Sun April 5, 2015

In Easter Address, Pope Condemns Violence Against Christians

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Sunday.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 8:01 am

Pope Francis, in his annual Urbi et Orbi ("To the City [Rome] and to the World") Easter address at St. Peter's Basilica, praised the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program and expressed concern about bloodshed in Africa and the Middle East.

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Kenyans Mourn Dead From Al-Shabab Attack

Kenyan Christians pray as they join a morning service at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.
Sayyid Azim AP

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 7:57 am

Many Kenyans are spending Easter Sunday mourning the 148 people killed in an attack by al-Shabab gunmen on a university campus last week, amid reports that the son of a senior government official was among the assailants.

The gunman in question – one of four killed during the siege at Garissa College – was Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, the son of the local chief in Mandera County, The Associated Press and the BBC report.

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Palestinian Camp In Syria Reportedly Seized By Extremist Fighters

A photo taken in January 2014 and released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria.
AP

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 3:40 pm

Updated at 5:35 p.m. EDT

Islamic State militants and al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate appear to have worked together earlier this week to seize a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that ISIS and al-Nusra Front gained control of about 90 percent of the Yarmouk refugee camp after an assault on Wednesday. A Palestinian official says today that civilians were fleeing the camp amid clashes between the extremist groups and Palestinian armed factions.

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Owner Of 'Revenge Porn' Site Sentenced To 18 Years In Jail

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:50 am

A man in San Diego who ran a so-called "revenge porn" site that charged hundreds of dollars to remove anonymously posted nude photos has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after his conviction on 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion.

Kevin Bollaert, 28, ran the sites UGotPosted.com and ChangeMyReputation.com.

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10:54 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Tribal Fighters Lay Siege To Al-Qaida In Coastal Town

Yemeni boys display shrapnel they collected from the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen, on Saturday.
Hani Mohammed AP

A coalition of tribal fighters riding in pickup trucks have entered Yemen's coastal city of Mukalla in an effort to displace al-Qaida militiamen who seized the Gulf of Aden town just two days before.

Reuters reports:

"The fighters are part of a tribal alliance in the eastern Hadramawt province which has pledged to restore security after the militants seized Mukalla on Thursday and ransacked buildings, broke into banks and freed prisoners.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Sat April 4, 2015

In Kentucky, Rescuers Scramble To Reach People Trapped By Flash Floods

Simone Wester and her 7-month old son Jeremiah walk through the flood waters outside her apartment building at the Guardian Court Apartments in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Rescuers in north and central Kentucky were trying to reach people trapped by a sudden flash flood that followed torrential downpours on Thursday and Friday.

In Lee County, about 50 miles southeast of Lexington, authorities were searching for a mother and daughter swept away as rescue workers were trying to reach them, The Associated Press reports. It was one of about 160 rescues prompted by the heavy rainfall, the AP says.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sat April 4, 2015

5 Arrested In Kenyan Attack As Al-Shabab Promises 'Bloodbath'

A woman cries after she viewed the body of a relative killed in Thursday's attack on a university, at Chiromo funeral home, in Nairobi.
Sayyid Azim AP

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 11:51 am

Kenyan officials say that five suspects have been arrested in connection with this week's attack by al-Shabab militants on a university in the country's east, killing 148 people, as the Islamist extremist group warned that more bloodshed is forthcoming.

Kenya's internal security minister says some of the suspects were captured while trying to flee to neighboring Somalia, where the al-Shabab movement is based.

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6:25 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Brief Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers

The Blood Moon, created by the full moon passing into the shadow of the earth during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Monterey Park, Calif.
Nick Ut AP

Early risers (very early on the U.S. West Coast) who had clear skies might have caught a view of today's lunar eclipse — the third in a cycle of four that had its premiere nearly a year ago.

Those of us on the East Coast (this writer included) got to see a partial eclipse before the moon set in the west.

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The Two-Way
2:06 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Get Ready For The Third Installment In The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad

The moon exhibits a deep orange glow as the Earth casts its shadow in a total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines, before dawn Thursday in a June 2011 eclipse.
Bullit Marquez AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 2:20 pm

North Americans could get a glimpse of the Earth shadowing the moon (very) early Saturday — the third in a series of four lunar eclipses that began nearly a year ago. But only those on the West Coast, in the Pacific or Asia will have a chance at seeing the full show.

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Mixed Reaction To Changes In States 'Religious Freedom' Bills

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 11:39 am

Many politicians and businesses have expressed satisfaction with changes made to the language of "religious freedom" measures in Indiana and Arkansas aimed at preventing them from being used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Others see the compromise language as a watering down or worse — a sellout. And a few said the changes didn't go far enough.

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6:42 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Economy Adds A Disappointing 126,000 Jobs In March

Seattle Police Detective Kevin Nelson (left) talks with U.S. Army soldiers at an October job fair at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., for soldiers who may exit military service in the next year.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:05 pm

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy gained just 126,000 jobs in March, a figure well short of economists' expectations and the weakest growth since December 2013, the Labor Department reports. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent.

The consensus among economic forecasters had been for 245,000 new jobs, which would have continued a 200,000+ monthly streak that has been the longest such spurt of job growth since the early 1990s. Over the last year alone, the U.S. economy has added 3 million jobs.

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6:27 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Sailor, Missing For 66 Days, Rescued Off Cape Hatteras By Passing Ship

Louis Jordan (right), walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, on Thursday. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, S.C., on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since.
Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 9:28 am

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

In late January, Louis Jordan sailed away from the South Carolina coast aboard his 35-foot sailboat. More than two months later, almost given up for dead, he was rescued 200 miles off Cape Hatteras.

In 66 days at sea, Jordan survived by catching fish and drinking rainwater, he told his rescuers after being spotted by and taken aboard the German-flagged container ship Houston Express.

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