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
12:09 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

In Germany, A Magazine For The Dog-Tired

Not everyone's a dog lover. A new magazine in Germany caters to the haters.
Aaron Kohr iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 4:57 pm

Here's something to chew over:

With such magazine titles as Mein Hund & Ich ("My Dog and Me") and SitzPlatzFuss ("SitStayHeel"), Germany's newsstands have been basically a canine lovefest.

No more.

The recent launch of Kot & Köter (Poop & Pooches) is already taking a bite out of the admittedly small but vastly underserved niche market of dog haters.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 12:57 pm

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers today that while the president has ruled out "boots on the ground" as part of a campaign to destroy the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq, he was prepared to recommend a combat role for U.S. advisers or ground troops if the situation warrants.

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6:40 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Ukraine Approves EU Pact And Temporary Self-Rule For Rebels

Ukrainian lawmakers applaud a televised address by the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz (on screen) in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday in Kiev. The parliament voted to strengthen trade ties with the EU, but not until 2016.
Sergey Dolzhenko EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 3:23 pm

Ukraine's parliament has granted separatist-held areas temporary self-rule and given militants amnesty in a vote aimed at quelling a months-long insurgency that has threatened to permanently cleave.

The parliamentary move comes in tandem with another to expand economic ties with the European Union beginning in 2016. Last year, former President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a similar pact, leading to his ouster in November.

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6:34 am
Tue September 16, 2014

U.S. Begins Airstrikes In Support Of Iraqi Ground Forces

Members of Iraqi security forces are seen during a fight with Islamic State militants Sunday on the outskirts of the city of Ramadi.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 2:01 pm

The United States has begun its first-ever airstrikes in direct support of Iraqi ground forces, in the opening move of what could be a protracted fight against so-called Islamic State militants in the region.

NPR's Tom Bowman, on Morning Edition, says the airstrikes, south of Baghdad, targeted an Islamic State position after Iraqi soldiers fighting them requested the assistance.

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4:47 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Suicide Bombing In Kabul Kills 3 NATO Troops

A U.S. soldier stands guard near a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday.
Mohammad Ismail Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 2:07 pm

The Taliban has claimed credit for a suicide attack on a military convoy just yards from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that killed at least three NATO soldiers and wounded nearly 20 other troops and civilians.

NPR's Sean Carberry, reporting from the Afghan capital, says the car bomb was detonated on one of the busiest streets in the city during rush hour.

"It shook the capital and set off alarms at the embassy," he says.

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11:33 am
Mon September 15, 2014

500 Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Sinks In Mediterranean

An Armed Forces of Malta ship carrying rescued migrants arrives at an AFM base in Valletta last October. The number of migrants trying to make their way from the North African coast to European waters has ballooned in recent years.
Darrin Zammit Lupi Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 1:09 pm

Some 500 migrants trying to make their way from Egypt to Malta by boat are believed to have drowned last week after people smugglers reportedly rammed and sank their vessel, according to the International Organization for Migration.

The IOM report is based on reports from the few survivors of the tragedy who say the group of Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese had hoped to eventually reach Europe.

In a separate incident, some 70 Libyans were feared drowned in a similar tragedy involving the sinking of a migrant boat.

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10:04 am
Mon September 15, 2014

European Scientists Choose Site For Rosetta's Comet Touchdown

Closeup of Philae's primary landing Site J, which is located on the "head" of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on Aug. 20.
ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

After the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft spent a decade just catching up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, mission controllers have announced the spot where the probe's Philae lander will touch down. It turns out that there are no really good spots to land on a comet.

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7:10 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Mexican Resort Town Pummeled By Powerful Hurricane Odile

Waves hit the coast of Los Cabos, Mexico, on Sunday as Hurricane Odile nears landfall in the largely tourist area of the Baja California peninsula.
Victor R. Caivano AP

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 11:02 am

Odile, the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall on Mexico's Baja California, slammed into the tourist resort of Cabo San Lucas with winds up to 115 mph and is now moving up the massive peninsula.

"We haven't seen one get so close and with the possibility of impact, and of such a nature," Wenceslao Petit, head of emergency services in Los Cabos, was quoted by Reuters as saying of the Category 3 hurricane. "There aren't words for this."

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Renewed Fighting Threatens Truce In Eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian army helicopter flies over troop positions Friday in Debaltsevo, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
Efrem Lukatsky AP

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 9:17 am

A cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is looking increasingly fragile amid renewed shelling in some areas, and as Ukraine's defense minister says arms shipments from NATO members have begun to arrive in Kiev to aid its fight against pro-Russia separatists.

At least six people were killed and 15 wounded in artillery fire in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, according to the city council there.

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4:57 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Leaders Meet In Paris To Forge Fight Against Islamic State Militants

French President Francois Hollande (right) and Iraqi President Fuad Masum attend the Conference for Peace and Security in Iraq at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris on Monday. The two leaders were among those urging quick action against Islamic State militants.
David Silpa UPI/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 10:44 am

World leaders and diplomats from more than 20 countries have gathered in Paris to discuss strategies for defeating the Islamic State insurgency, with France's president urging that there's "no time to lose" and Iraq's new president insisting that extremists must be pursued to their sanctuaries in neighboring Syria.

"The Iraqis' fight against terrorists is also ours," French President Francois Hollande said. "There is no time to lose."

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12:27 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

10 Arrested In Pakistan Over 2012 Attack On Malala Yousafzai

Education advocate Malala Yousafzai arrives at the U.N. headquarters in New York, in August.
Niu Xiaolei Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Pakistan says it has arrested 10 militants believed to have been involved in a near-fatal attack two years ago on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.

Army spokesman Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said in 2012 the men had been ordered by the head of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, to kill Yousafzai, who was 15 at the time.

Despite serious head injuries, Yousafzai — who rose to prominence for her campaign against Taliban efforts to forcibly prevent girls from attending school — survived the attack.

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captures Wednesday's solar flare eruption.
NASA/SDO

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:19 am

Earth is in the line of fire of a powerful solar flare that has already begun hitting us, but most of the energy from the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, will skirt safely by, scientists say, with major disruptions to the electric grid, satellites and communications unlikely.

But if you're lucky — and far enough north — you might see a nice display of aurora borealis.

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7:44 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Ireland Unionist Hard-Liner Ian Paisley Dies At 88

Ian Paisley, then-leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, talks to supporters at the Northern Ireland Assembly Election count in Balleymoney, Northern Ireland, in 2003. The DUP announced Friday that Paisley had died after a protracted illness. He was 88.
Peter MacDiarmid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:55 am

Ian Paisley, the hard-line Protestant cleric who led the Democrat Unionist Party in its opposition to the IRA and independence for Northern Ireland, has died. He was 88.

Rich Preston, reporting for NPR from London, says Paisley had been ill for some time.

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6:16 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Pair Of F/A-18s Crash In Western Pacific Ocean, U.S. Navy Says

F/A-18 fighter jets on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Hong Kong in 2011.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 7:41 am

The U.S. Navy says two of its carrier-based fighter/attack jets have crashed in the western Pacific Ocean. One pilot has been rescued and search efforts were continuing for the second.

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5:42 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ukraine, Rebels Swap Prisoners As Part Of Cease-Fire Deal

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 12:09 pm

Update at 8:45 a.m. ET

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists conducted a 3 a.m. prisoner swap, exchanging dozens of captured fighters as part of a shaky cease-fire that is now entering its second week.

It comes as new European Union sanctions go into effect against Moscow for its role in the conflict that has engulfed eastern Ukraine and threatened to split the former Soviet satellite.

Regarding the prisoner swap, The Associated Press says:

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The Two-Way
5:19 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Pistorius Found Guilty Of Culpable Homicide

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa (unseen) deliver her verdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:39 am

Update at 7:05 a.m. ET

A judge in South Africa handed down a verdict of culpable homicide against double-amputee Olympic and Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius in the shooting death of his girlfriend. The conviction carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.

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The Two-Way
11:01 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Boehner: House GOP 'Ready To Work With The President'

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Boehner says Congress stands ready to work with the president on the threat from Islamic State militants.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 1:31 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, commenting on President Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants, says Congress has received a request for authorization to train Syrian rebels and "we ought to give the president what he's asking for."

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9:44 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Fijian Peacekeepers Released By Syrian Nusra Front Rebels

Fijian U.N. peacekeepers released by the group Nusra Front in Syria on Thursday as they arrive in Israeli-held territory on the Golan Heights.
Baz Ratner Reuters/Landov

Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front rebels in Syria released 45 U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji today two weeks after they were captured.

"We can confirm they have been released" and would cross at Quneitra and be moved to the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, U.N. Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday.

The peacekeepers, reported to be "in good condition," were handed over to the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force, or UNDOF, the United Nations says.

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8:37 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:22 am

Remember the giant hole in the Earth's ozone layer? Scientists say it's shrinking a little, thanks in part to the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, beginning in the 1980s.

For the first time in 35 years, scientists have confirmed a statistically significant increase in the amount of ozone, which shields us from skin cancer and protects crops from sun damage.

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7:13 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Nation Remembers 9/11 On 13th Anniversary Of Attacks

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and others observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:41 am

Update at 10:40 a.m. ET

On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gathered on the White House lawn to observe a moment of silence.

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5:50 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Judge In Pistorius Trial Rules Out Murder

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius cries while the verdict is being read during his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday.
Kim Ludbrook/Pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 7:35 am

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee Olympian accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, has been acquitted of the most serious charge of premeditated murder.

But South African Judge Thokozile Masipa has yet to announce her final verdict in the jury-less trial, although she has hinted that culpable homicide would be a "competent verdict."

As tears streamed down Pistorius' face, Masipa told the court in Pretoria that the athlete did not plan to kill Steenkamp on the night he fatally shot her through a closed bathroom door.

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The Two-Way
5:22 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Opinion Pages Offer Support On Plan To Combat Islamic State

President Obama delivers a prime-time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on Wednesday. He pledged to lead a broad coalition against the Islamic State insurgents and vowed to target the terrorist group with airstrikes "wherever they exist."
Saul Loeb DPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 11:24 am

President Obama's prime-time speech outlining his plan to broaden a U.S.-led offensive against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria prompted generally cautious support from the editorial pages of major newspapers across the country this morning.

As we reported last night, Obama told the nation: "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy."

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Putin: Russia To Upgrade Nuclear Forces In Response To West

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the Life-giving Trinity church in Moscow, on Wednesday. Putin accused NATO of using the Ukraine crisis to "resuscitate itself."
RIA NOVOSTI Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 11:52 am

Vladmir Putin, whose annexation of Crimea and involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine have drawn plenty of comparisons in the West to his Cold War predecessors, is not going to calm any nerves with his latest pronouncement: Russia has begun development of new nuclear weapons.

Speaking at a Kremlin meeting on weapons modernization plans, Russia's president said the West had been "warned many times that we would have to take corresponding countermeasures to ensure our security" in light of U.S. missile defense plans.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Britain's Cameron Pleads With Scots To Stay In U.K.

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a visit to Scottish Widows offices in Edinburgh, where he made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland part of the union.
Andrew Milligan PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 1:49 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he'd be "heartbroken" if Scotland voted to separate from the United Kingdom in an upcoming referendum, calling on independence-minded Scots to look at the future consequences of separation.

"I would be heartbroken ... if this family of nations is torn apart," Cameron told an invited audience at the Edinburgh headquarters of the Scottish Widows insurance firm.

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7:24 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Government To Drop Background Check Firm USIS

Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents pertaining to U.S. electronic surveillance activities, was one of the federal workers vetted and cleared by USIS.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 12:59 pm

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The Office of Personnel Management is severing its ties with a private contractor that provides many of the security background checks for the U.S. government after the company was hit by a cyberattack last month that compromised the files of thousands of federal workers.

The OPM said late Tuesday that "following a careful and comprehensive review," it had decided not to renew its contracts with Falls Church, Va.-based USIS.

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6:12 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Ukrainian President Offers Limited Autonomy For Rebellious Region

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, left, meets with government troops in the embattled town of Mariupol the country's restive Donetsk Region.
ITAR-TASS/Landov

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is offering greater autonomy to parts of the country's rebellious east in a bid to quell a months-long conflict with pro-Russia separatists, but he reiterated that there would be no concessions on sovereignty.

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5:24 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Kerry Seeks Iraq's Support On Move Against Islamic State

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday, ahead of a stop in Iraq. Kerry is hoping to nail down support for a U.S. plan to combat the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 1:49 am

As President Obama prepares to address the nation to outline his plan for combating the spread of the Islamic State militant group, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraq for talks on the crisis with the newly installed government in Baghdad.

The president will deliver his televised speech at 9 p.m. ET. (Check back later for details on NPR's coverage of the speech.)

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11:46 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Jose Padilla Gets 4 Years Added To His 2007 Sentence

Jose Padilla is escorted by federal marshals near downtown Miami in 2006. Padilla was sentenced a second time by a federal judge on Tuesday, getting an additional four years for terrorism conspiracy charges.
J. Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 5:14 pm

A federal court in Miami has added four years to a sentence handed down in 2007 for Jose Padilla, who was convicted of conspiracy and supporting al-Qaida.

The Associated Press says: "The new sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, who originally gave Padilla more than 17 years in prison. She also previously gave Padilla, a U.S. citizen and Muslim convert, credit for the more than three years he was held without charge as an enemy combatant at a South Carolina Navy brig."

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10:40 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Canada Says It Has Found Ship From Doomed 1845 Arctic Expedition

The Erebus and the Terror among icebergs, as illustrated in The Polar World by G. Hartwig in 1874. Sir John Franklin, British naval officer and arctic explorer, commanded the 1845 expedition of the ships to search for the Northwest Passage. All members of the expedition perished.
G. Hartwig/Universal History Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 6:31 pm

One of two ships lost more than 160 years ago in an ill-fated expedition to the Northwest Passage led by British Capt. Sir John Franklin has been found by Canadian archaeologists, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today.

It could be the HMS Erebus or the HMS Terror — researchers aren't sure yet, but they believe one of the two appears in this sonar image:

"This is truly a historic moment for Canada," the prime minister said of the discovery.

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7:35 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Scientists Doubt That Meteor Caused Crater In Nicaragua

A handout picture provided by Nicaraguan Army on Monday shows the place where what was first reported as a meteorite fell close to International Airport Augusto Sandino, in Managua, Nicaragua.
Nicaraguan Army/ Handout EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 9:09 am

We reported on Monday that a meteor, thought possibly to be a chunk of an Earth-passing asteroid, was the cause of a 40-foot crater outside the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital.

But astronomers and NASA scientists are now casting doubt on that possibility. The biggest mystery is that no one so far has reported seeing a flash of light in the sky that would be expected to accompany such a meteor strike.

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