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
9:04 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Hollande: Anti-'Charlie' Protesters Don't Understand French Values

French President Francois Hollande gestures as he delivers a speech to foreign ambassadors during a ceremony to extend New Year wishes at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday.
Jacques Brinon AP

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 12:01 pm

French President Francois Hollande says people protesting the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo do not understand the French attachment to freedom of speech.

His statement comes amid protests over the publication's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on its latest cover that went to press just days after 10 of its journalists were gunned down in Paris by Muslim extremists. Those protests have turned violent in Algeria, Pakistan and Niger, where at least two Christian churches were set fire.

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8:00 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Undersea Tunnel In Europe Shut Down After Fire; No Injuries

Eurostar's Siemens e320 train is seen at St. Pancras station in central London, in November. The passenger train plies the Channel Tunnel connecting London and Paris.
Andrew Winning Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 12:23 pm

The undersea train tunnel that connects England and France has been closed until further notice after a fire broke out on a truck that was being transported through the Channel Tunnel, triggering an alarm and suspending all passenger and freight service.

There were no reports of injuries.

"Rail passengers are advised to expect significant delays whilst the vehicle is being recovered and fumes are cleared from the tunnels," the police said in an emailed statement reported by Reuters.

According to Reuters:

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Gunmen Kidnap Top Official In Yemen

The undated portrait photo shows Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, chief of staff for Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Bin Mubarak was kidnapped on Saturday in Sanaa.
Xinhua Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 2:21 pm

Gunmen in Yemen have abducted President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's chief of staff from his vehicle in the center of the capital, Sanaa, according to security officials who blame Shiite Houthi rebels for the kidnapping.

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak and two of his body guards were seized early Saturday, officials say. The Associated Press quotes unnamed officials as saying the three were kidnapped when they stopped their car in the capital. No ransom demand has been made and so far no one has claimed responsibility.

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6:25 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Storm Causes Pope To Cut Short Visit To Typhoon Hit Tacloban

Wearing a yellow raincoat, Pope Francis gives a thumbs up to the faithful as he arrives in Tacloban, Philippines, on Saturday.
Wally Santana AP

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 4:10 pm

A storm forced Pope Francis to cut short a visit to the Philippine city of Tacloban, where Typhoon Haiyan made a devastating landfall in 2013, killing at least 6,300 people in the predominately Catholic country.

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The Two-Way
3:25 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

WATCH: SpaceX Booster Crashes On Barge

An image provided by SpaceX showing the barge that was used in an unsuccessful attempt to recover the Falcon 9 first stage.
AP

As we reported last week, the latest SpaceX resupply mission successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral and later made a rendezvous with the International Space Station. But a secondary goal of the flight -– to test landing a spent booster from the Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform — didn't go as well.

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1:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Chinese Spy Chief Latest Snared In Anti-Corruption Campaign

One of China's top spymasters has reportedly been retained after apparently running afoul of President Xi Jinping's aggressive anti-corruption drive.

Beijing confirmed that Ma Jian, vice-minister in the Ministry of State Security, is being investigated on suspicion of "serious violations" of the law, according to the BBC, which says: "No further details were given in the one-line statement on the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection's website, but the wording used typically applies to a corruption probe."

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Archdiocese Of St. Paul-Minneapolis Files Chapter 11

St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks at his office in St. Paul, Minn., in a photo taken in July. Nienstedt announced Friday that the archdiocese was filing for bankruptcy following more than a dozen claims from alleged sexual abuse victims.
Craig Lassig AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 11:41 am

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has become the 12th U.S. diocese forced into bankruptcy by claims from alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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9:18 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Arizona 1st In Nation To Require High Schoolers To Pass Civics Test

A new U.S. citizen holds an American flag during a naturalization ceremony in July. An Arizona law will require graduating high school seniors to pass the same civics test given to candidates for U.S. citizenship.
Mark Lennihan AP

What year was the Constitution written?

Who was president during World War I?

If you couldn't answer one or both of the above, you might not be able to pass a civics test given to candidates for U.S. citizenship. Or (starting in 2017) graduate from high school in Arizona.

On Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill making a high school diploma in the state contingent upon students passing the same test given to candidates for U.S. citizenship. The class of 2017 will be the first to have the new requirement.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Pope, On Visit To Philippines, Defends Catholic Ban On Contraception

Pope Francis holds a Virgin Mary statue as he arrives at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila, Philippines, on Friday. The pontiff has issued a strong statement supporting the church's teachings on artificial contraception.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 9:01 am

Speaking to one of Asia's fastest-growing populations, Pope Francis issued what is being described as his strongest defense yet of the Catholic Church's opposition to artificial contraception, urging that Philippine families be "sanctuaries of respect for life."

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The Two-Way
3:02 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Sri Lanka's Transition Of Power Maybe Not So Peaceful After All

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after casting his ballot in last week's election. The new government says that contrary to reports of a peaceful transition when Rajapaksa lost, the long-time leader tried to stay in power by force.
Pradeep Dilruckshana AP

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:00 am

When we brought you the news last week that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been defeated in nationwide elections, reports were that Asia's longest serving leader willingly handed over the reins to his rival.

Rajapaksa, who had ruled since 2005, even tweeted that he looked forward to a "peaceful transition of power" to erstwhile ally Maithripala Sirisena, who won by just under 4 percent of the vote.

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Indian Man, A No-Show At Work For 25 Years, Finally Gets The Ax

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:54 am

One day in 1990, A.K. Verma went on what you might call "extended" leave from his job as a senior bureaucrat at India's Central Public Works Department.

He's been a no-show ever since. And it finally caught up to him: Verma was sacked for his absence — on Jan. 8.

Blame (or credit) India's tough labor laws: They are some of the most pro-worker in the world and make it nearly impossible for employers, including state and local governments, to fire for anything short of criminal misconduct.

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11:00 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Divers Retrieve Flight Data Recorder From AirAsia Flight

Crew members of Crest Onyx ship and Members of National Search And Rescue Agency unload the wreckage of part of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 on Sunday.
Achmad Ibrahim AP

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 10:15 pm

Update at 11:50 p.m. ET

Divers have retrieved the flight data recorder from AirAsia QZ8501's "black box," Reuters reports.

Efforts continue to find the cockpit voice recorder, says Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency.

Our previous post continues:

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Anita Ekberg, '50s Screen Star And Sex Symbol, Dies At 83

Anita Ekberg in a 1956 photo taken during rehearsals for a guest appearance on the Frankie Laine Time.
CBS /Landov

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 11:01 am

Swedish-born actress Anita Ekberg, who became an international sex symbol best known for her role as Sylvia in the 1960 Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita, died in Italy today at age 83, her lawyer confirmed.

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7:54 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Paris Suspects Declared Allegiance To Al-Qaida, ISIS

In a new video, Amedy Coulibaly, one of the three gunmen allegedly behind the worst militant attacks in France for decades, declares his allegiance to the Islamic State.
Reuters TV Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 11:46 am

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

A video has surfaced of the now-dead suspect in the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris claiming allegiance to the self-declared Islamic State.

In the video, what appears to be Amedy Coulibaly, 32, is seen seated next to a Kalashnikov rifle with the symbol of the Islamic State behind him. He is wearing a white tunic and bandana.

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2:42 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

George Zimmerman Again Arrested On Assault Charges

A booking photo provided by the Seminole County Public Affairs shows George Zimmerman on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. In the latest in a string of run-ins with the law in the past two years, Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault.
AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:43 pm

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2013 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was arrested in Florida late Friday and has been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

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1:25 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Rallies In France Prelude To Paris March Planned For Sunday

People paying tribute to victims in front of HyperCacher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes, a day after a gunman took hostages and opened fire.
Yoan Valat EPA/Landov

Hundreds of thousands of people participated in vigils and rallies around France today to voice support for the 17 victims of days of violence this week that began with a deadly attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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12:14 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

AirAsia Tail Recovered, But No Sign Of 'Black Box' Recorders

A large section of the AirAsia Flight 8501 tail was recovered from the sea floor and placed on the deck of a rescue ship in the Java Sea on Saturday.
Prasetyo Utomo, Pool AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:45 pm

The mangled tail section of an AirAsia A320 that went down in the Java Sea last month has been lifted to the surface, but the "black boxes" searchers hoped to find in the debris were not immediately located.

The flight-data recorders that might tell investigators what caused Flight QZ8501 to crash, killing all 162 aboard, appear to have separated from the tail section recovered today, officials say.

Michael Sullivan, reporting for NPR from Thailand, says search teams took advantage of a break in the weather to bring the tail of the plane to the surface.

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10:58 am
Sat January 10, 2015

SpaceX Launch Successful; Recovery Attempt 'Close, But No Cigar'

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:46 pm

SpaceX has successfully launched another resupply mission to the International Space Station months after a competitor in the private space-launch business suffered a catastrophic lift-off that resulted in the unmanned rocket's destruction.

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Who Carried Out The Paris Attacks?

Hayat Boumeddiene in a 2010 mugshot.
Prefecture de Police AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:02 pm

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

At least three assailants are alleged to have carried out the two separate attacks in and around Paris this week, and French intelligence has begun to draw strong links among them as well as to al-Qaida and its affiliates and offshoots in the Middle East.

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6:48 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Authorities Search For Clues To Deadly Attacks In Paris

A police officer carries flower tributes at the site of Friday's attack on a kosher market in Paris, France.
Laurent Cipriani AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:03 pm

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

Authorities in France are trying to determine the whereabouts of a 26-year-old woman who is believed to be linked with one of three assailants killed during multiple attacks around Paris.

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The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Vatican Committee Reportedly Declares Slain Archbishop A Martyr

Archbishop Oscar Romero offers the host wafer during Mass in San Salvador in January 1980, four months before he was assassinated.
COTERA AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 6:42 pm

An Italian newspaper reports that the Vatican's commission on sainthood has recognized the 1980 assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as martyrdom, paving the way for his eventual sainthood.

Romero was archbishop of San Salvador at the start of El Salvador's 1979-1992 civil war. He was gunned down while celebrating Mass in March 1980 after denouncing a crackdown on leftist opponents of the country's military government.

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12:48 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Former Florida A&M Student Sentenced To 6 Years In Hazing Death

Dante Martin addresses the parents of Robert Champion on the witness stand on Friday. Martin was sentenced to six years in connection with the hazing death of Champion.
Red Huber AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 6:18 pm

A judge in Florida has sentenced former Florida A&M University student Dante Martin to six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the 2011 death of his fellow band member, drum major Robert Champion.

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The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

British Imam Convicted In U.S. Of Terrorism Charges Gets Life

Abu Hamza al-Masri, also known as Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, at a 2002 fundamentalist Islamic conference in London, where he condemned what he called oppression of Muslims in the West. Masri was sentenced Friday in U.S. court to life in prison on terrorism-related charges.
Alistair Fuller AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 1:04 pm

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was convicted eight months ago of federal terrorism-related charges in New York, has been sentenced to life in prison.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Reports Of Boko Haram-Led Massacre In Captured Nigerian Town

A group of Nigerian traditional hunters and vigilantes gather on vehicles on their way to engage Boko Haram militants in Mubi from Yola, Adamawa State, in November. The hunters have being assisting the Nigerian military in their fight against the Islamic insurgents.
STR EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:48 pm

Updated at 12:40 p.m. ET

Boko Haram extremists, who seized a northern garrison town in Nigeria less than a week ago, have reportedly carried out a massacre of its inhabitants, with Amnesty International saying as many as 2,000 have been killed.

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8:06 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Sri Lanka's Longtime President Ousted In Election Defeat

Sri Lanka's incoming President Maithripala Sirisena waves to supporters as he leaves the election secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday. Sirisena defeated long-time President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Eranga Jayawardena AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 10:42 am

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who presided over the end of a prolonged and brutal civil war that divided the country for decades, has suffered a narrow election defeat at the hands of a former ally and Cabinet minister, Maithripala Sirisena.

Sirisena, who defected from the ruling party in November to challenge an increasingly unpopular Rajapaksa, won 51.2 percent of the vote in national elections in the island-nation.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Unemployment Dips To 5.6 Percent As Economy Adds 252K Jobs

Former student Nathaniel Simmons operates a crane during a day of training at Georgia College of Construction. The Department of Labor says construction was one of several sectors that showed job gains in December.
Branden Camp AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 8:29 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December, capping a 12-month stretch of job growth unmatched since 1999, according to the Labor Department. In a separate survey, the department says that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent the previous month.

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1:55 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Pentagon's Money-Saver: U.S. Troops To Leave 15 European Sites

An F-35 fighter taxis at Edwards Air Force base, in 2012. The cutbacks in U.K. will be offset by new forces needed for the aircrafts' deployment to RAF Lakenhealth.
Darin Russell AP

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 3:35 pm

The Pentagon announced a plan on Thursday to save a half-billion dollars annually in a major scaling back of the U.S. military presence in Europe — including a withdrawal from an airbase in the U.K. and handing back 14 other sites to NATO allies.

It also said that its presence at one British airbase would be beefed up as part of a planned deployment of the F-35 fighter aircraft.

The U.S. has more than 60,000 troops stationed primarily in Britain, Germany and Italy. The changes would affect mainly the Army and Air Force.

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12:04 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

When You Gotta Go: Manila Police Asked To Use Diapers During Pope's Visit

MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) traffic enforcers patrol a street on their Segway vehicles in a 2011 photo. During a visit by Pope Francis next week, they are being asked to wear adult diapers so they won't have to leave their posts.
Bullit Marquez AP

Some 2,000 traffic cops in the Philippine capital are being asked to wear adult diapers during next week's visit by Pope Francis to the predominately Roman Catholic country.

So, some of them will no doubt feel relieved that they've got a place to go during what promises to be a particularly long and grueling stint at their posts. Others might prefer to just hold it.

Either way, the army of traffic enforcers, as they are known in the Philippines, should probably go easy on the morning coffee during the pontiff's January 15-19 visit.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Fired United Attendants Fight Back Over 'Menacing' Graffiti Episode

A United Airlines 747-400 taxis at San Francisco International Airport in 2011. A group of flight attendants have filed suit against the airline to contest their firing over their handling of a perceived safety threat.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 4:11 pm

More than a dozen United Airlines flight attendants who were fired for their insistence on additional screening measures after discovering "menacing" graffiti scrawled on an airplane have filed a federal complaint against their former employer.

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7:46 am
Thu January 8, 2015

France Observes Moment Of Silence For 'Charlie Hebdo' Victims

General Secretary of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet, head bowed foreground at left, and the Elysee Palace staff observe a minute of silence on Thursday for victims of the shooting at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris on Wednesday.
Philippe Wojazer AP

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:41 pm

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET

The bells of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris tolled, public transport was halted and many in France stood in the rain today for a minute of silence observed on behalf of the eight journalists and two others killed in a deadly attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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