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
12:57 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

British Cyclist Chris Froome Wins Tour De France

Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain, with the race leader's yellow jersey, celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the 109.5-km (68 mile) final 21st stage of the 102nd Tour de France.
Stefano Rellandini Reuters/Landov

British cyclist Chris Froome rode to his second Tour de France win in just three years on Sunday, edging out his toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.

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12:25 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Syria's Assad Admits Setbacks In Civil War, But Vows To Win

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during his meeting with the heads and members of public organizations and professional associations in Damascus, on Sunday. Assad acknowledged that the fight against rebels had suffered setbacks, but vowed to win against insurgents.
SANA Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 12:48 pm

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public address in a year, acknowledged that government forces had lost territory to rebels and needed more troops, but he vowed to crush the insurgency that has threatened to topple him.

Assad admitted that his generals have had to shift forces from one front to another to defend key territory and that the loss of some areas have caused "frustration" among ordinary Syrians.

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10:03 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Judge In Mexico Orders Prison Officials Detained In 'El Chapo' Escape

A hole in the floor of cell number 20, from which drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman escaped on July 11 from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, Mexico.
Mario Guzman EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 1:02 pm

Weeks after drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman allegedly got inside help in a daring escape from a maximum-security prison in Mexico, a Mexican federal judge has ordered three officials who worked in the facility's monitoring center at the time of the jailbreak to be formally taken into custody.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Sun July 26, 2015

While Obama Talks Security In Kenya, Al-Shabab Carries Out Attack In Somalia

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 12:48 pm

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

As President Obama was in Kenya to discuss the threat from Islamist extremists, in neighboring Somalia at least 10 people were killed in a suicide car bomb by militants of al-Shabab – the extremist group considered the region's biggest danger.

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6:18 am
Sun July 26, 2015

President Obama Urges Kenyans To 'Choose Path Of Progress'

President Obama delivers a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 12:42 pm

President Obama, wrapping up his three-day visit to Kenya, urged the east African country to "choose the path to progress" by tackling corruption, eliminating income inequality and promoting gender equality.

"I'm here as president of a country that sees Kenya as an important partner. I'm here as a friend who wants Kenya to succeed," he said in a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi.

"You can choose the path to progress, but it requires making some important choices," he said in the 40-minute speech that was broadcast on Kenyan television.

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Judge Says Detained Immigrant Women, Children Should Be Released

A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of women and children who were detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border should be released because their detention violates a 1997 court settlement that prohibits minors from being held in unlicensed, secure facilities.

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12:22 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Clinton To Testify Again Before Benghazi Committee

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies in January 2013 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 5:21 pm

Updated at 7:20 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is set to testify before a House committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 deaths of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya, according to her campaign.

Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said the Democratic presidential candidate would appear on Oct. 22, but Reuters, quoting a committee statement, said the date of her testimony was still being negotiated.

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10:42 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Britain's Pearson In Talks To Sell Stake In The Economist Group

Georg Kapsch, President of the Federation of Austrian Industry, holds an issue of The Economist during a news conference in Vienna last year. Britain's Pearson PLC says it's in talks to sell its 50 percent share in The Economist Group.
Heinz-Peter Bader Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 1:45 pm

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Britain's Pearson PLC — just days after announcing it would sell The Financial Times — has made public that it is engaged in talks to dump its 50 percent stake in The Economist Group.

"Pearson confirms it is in discussions with The Economist Group Board and trustees regarding the potential sale of our 50 percent share in the group," the company said in a statement on Saturday. "There is no certainty that this process will lead to a transaction."

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Obama, Kenyan President Discuss Deeper Counterterrorism Ties

President Obama and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta onstage after delivering remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations compound in Nairobi, on Saturday.
Noor Khamis Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 2:01 pm

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET

President Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta discussed strengthening cooperation in the fight against extremists, particularly al-Qaida-linked extremists based in neighboring Somalia.

On the first full day of an officials visit to Kenya — his first since becoming president — Obama said at a joint news conference that the threat from al-Shabab "was an extensive topic of conversation" in private meetings between the two leaders.

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Pentagon Asks 'Armed Citizens' Not To Stand Guard At Recruiting Centers

Zachary Gallegos, 23, stands guard outside the Armed Services Recruiting Center on Thursday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Pentagon has asked such self-appointed "armed citizens" to leave, citing security concerns.
Kevin Burbach AP

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 11:12 am

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

The Defense Department, reacting to armed citizens appearing in front of military recruiting offices around the country since last week's fatal shootings of five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn., has asked that "individuals not stand guard" on federal property.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Obama Greeted Warmly On First Presidential Trip To Kenya

President Obama is hugged by his half-sister, Auma Obama, accompanied by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) as he arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on Friday.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 4:14 pm

On Friday, President Obama arrived in Kenya, the birthplace of his late father, for his first official visit to the east African country.

Obama, at the start of a planned three-day visit, was greeted on the tarmac in Nairobi by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top Kenyan officials, and he received a hug from his half-sister, Auma Obama.

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee

A manatee spotted in the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal on Thursday. It's very unusual for the Florida native to get so far north.
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

A manatee was seen swimming in a northern canal that joins the Chesapeake Bay with the smaller and shallower Delaware Bay just days after the marine mammal was spotted in an estuary of the Potomac River.

The docile "sea cow," is normally found in the warm waters of Florida and is a rare sight so far north.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Thai Prosecutors Seek Indictments Against Scores Of Alleged Human Traffickers

Office of the Attorney General spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong talks to reporters during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday after the announcement that scores had been indicted on charges of human trafficking.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:22 am

Prosecutors in Thailand have recommended charges against more than 100 people, including an army general, in connection with a probe triggered by the discovery earlier this year of some 30 gravesites near the country's southern border containing the remains of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Anthem To Buy Cigna, Creating Largest Health Insurer By Enrollment

Anthem, headquartered in Indianapolis, is buying rival Cigna in a deal valued at $48 billion announced Friday.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:25 am

Health insurer Anthem has struck a deal to acquire rival Cigna for $48 billion — a buyout that would create the country's largest health insurer by enrollment.

The combined entity would have an estimated revenue of $115 billion and cover 53 million people in the U.S.

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The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Turkey Agrees To Allow Use Of Its Soil For Airstrikes Against ISIS

A U.S. Air Force plane takes off as a Turkish air force fighter jet taxis at the Incirlik airbase, southern Turkey, in 2013. Reversing an earlier policy, Ankara has agreed to allow the U.S.-led coalition to fly anti-ISIS airstrikes from the base.
Vadim Ghirda AP

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:55 pm

Updated at 11:30 p.m. ET

Turkey has agreed to allow anti-ISIS coalition warplanes to begin using the air base at Incirlik in the country's east to carry out airstrikes against the extremist group in neighboring Syria, NPR has confirmed.

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The Two-Way
3:13 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Army Warns Of 'Armed Citizens' Trying To Protect Recruiting Stations

Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the shooting at the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office on July 17 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Since the shooting, armed civilians have begun trying to guard such centers.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:51 pm

The Army is not happy about armed civilians who have been appearing at recruiting stations in several states in the wake of the Chattanooga shootings, ostensibly to help guard against such attacks.

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11:35 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

Artist's concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:24 pm

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.

A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation Cygnus, is 385 days, meaning its orbit is just a bit farther away from its star than the Earth is from the sun. That places it squarely within what planetary scientists call the habitable zone, or "Goldilocks" zone — not too cold and not too hot.

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8:42 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Executions In Iran Undergo 'Unprecedented Spike,' Amnesty Says

People gather opposite Downing Street during a protest against the execution of a young woman in Iran, in October of last year. Amnesty International says that Iran has undergone an "unprecedented spike" in executions in recent months.
Graham Mitchell Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 11:57 am

Amnesty International has identified what it says is an "unprecedented spike" in executions in Iran in recent months, writing in a new report that at least 743 people may have been put to death in 2014 and nearly 700 more since the beginning of the year.

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The Two-Way
7:12 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Greece Approves Reforms, Clearing Hurdle For Bailout Deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listens to Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos as Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos looks on during a parliamentary session in Athens on Thursday.
Yiannakis Kourtoglou Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:50 pm

Greek lawmakers have approved a set of overhauls that were the last obstacles standing between Athens and a desperately needed 86 billion euro line of credit, which is being fronted by creditors along with a demand for domestic reforms.

The latest measures include a restructuring of the banking and judicial systems, passed easily (230-63 with five abstentions) despite thousands of anti-austerity protesters demonstrating loudly outside the Parliament building.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Japan's Mitsubishi Apologizes For Using U.S. POWs As Forced Labor In WWII

James Murphy, World War II veteran and prisoner of war, was photographed at his home in Santa Maria, Calif., on Thursday. Murphy received an apology from a senior Mitsubishi executive for being forced to work in the company's mines during the war.
Michael A. Mariant AP

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 4:14 pm

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

Japan's Mitsubishi corporation is making a big apology. It's not for any recall or defect in its products, which include automobiles, but for its use of American prisoners of war as forced labor during World War II.

James Murphy, 94, traveled from his home in Santa Maria, Calif., to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, where a ceremony was held and Hikaru Kimura, a senior Mitsubishi executive, made the apology in person.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Trump Doubles Down On McCain Criticism, Refusing To Apologize

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 1:56 pm

Veterans groups have added to the chorus of condemnation against Donald Trump — much of it coming from within his own party — following disparaging remarks the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate made about Sen. John McCain's war record.

And Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Sun July 19, 2015

WATCH: Surfer In South Africa Narrowly Escapes Shark

Australian surfer Mick Fanning narrowly escapes a shark attack.
World Surfing League

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 1:47 pm

South Africa's coast is well known as the haunt of sharks, particularly the fearsome great white.

Even so, an encounter today between a large shark and Australian surfer Mick Fanning, who was competing in the Jeffreys Bay World Surf League competition (the J-Bay Open), broadcast live on television, has caused a few hearts to skip a beat.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Cosby, In Sworn Deposition, Says He Paid Women To Keep Affairs Secret

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, in January. Cosby, 77, is facing sexual assault accusations from more than two women, with some of the claims dating back decades.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 10:13 am

The New York Times reports that Bill Cosby, in a sworn deposition made a decade ago, acknowledged that he used drugs and traded on his fame and connections to get women to have sex with him, and then paid money to keep the affairs secret from his wife.

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The Two-Way
5:54 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Family Of Chattanooga Shooter Says He Suffered From Depression

This booking photo taken in April and released by the Hamilton County, Tenn., sheriff's office shows a man identified as Mohammod Youssuf Adbulazeez after being detained on suspicion of a driving offense.
AP

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 5:40 pm

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, identified as the gunman who killed five service members at Chattanooga military facilities last week, was suffering from depression, his family says in a statement expressing their "shock, horror, and grief" at the shooting rampage that killed five servicemen.

The statement comes as investigators are reportedly stepping up their investigation into what motivated Abdulazeez, a graduate in engineering from the University of Tennessee, to open fire Thursday on a recruiting center and the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Trump Lashes Out At McCain: 'I Like People Who Weren't Captured'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
Nati Harnik AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took an ongoing feud with Sen. John McCain to a new level today, mocking the former GOP nominee for having been a prisoner of war and calling him a "loser" for failing to win the White House in 2008.

"He was a war hero because he was captured," Trump said at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.

"I like people who weren't captured," the current Republican front-runner told political consultant Frank Luntz, who hosted the event.

"He lost and let us down," Trump said. "I've never liked him as much after that."

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Iran's Khamenei Signals Approval Of Nuclear Deal With 'Arrogant' U.S.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon during morning prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. He signaled his approval of the nuclear agreement with Western powers but reiterated that Tehran's policy toward the "arrogant" United States would not change.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:39 am

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, signaled his all-important approval of a historic nuclear deal forged with the West, but he portrayed the agreement as having been on Tehran's terms.

"Our policy toward the arrogant U.S. government won't change at all," Khamenei said in televised a speech in Tehran marking Eid, the end of Ramadan.

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8:20 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Greece's Ex-Finance Minister: Bailout Reforms Will 'Fail'

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis reacts during a parliamentary session in Athens, earlier this week. In an interview with the BBC, Varoufakis said reforms in exchange for new bailout money "will fail."
Christian Hartmann Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:49 am

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was forced out of his job as part of a new bailout deal to keep Athens in the euro zone, tells the BBC that the austerity measures that come with the agreement are "going to fail."

The financial reforms, imposed in exchange for an 86 billion euro ($93.6 billion) lifeline will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever," Varoufakis tells the BBC.

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7:36 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Sailor Wounded In Chattanooga Attack Dies From Injuries

Yusra Siddiqui, right, and Zoha Ahmad, who came with others from the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga to offer their support, pray during an interfaith vigil at Olivet Baptist Church held in remembrance of victims of Thursdays shootings.
Doug Strickland TNS/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:34 am

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. Navy has confirmed that a fifth service member has died of wounds sustained in this week's shooting rampage at two military sites in Chattanooga.

According to a statement released by the Navy Office of Information:

"A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m.

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The Two-Way
6:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Scores Killed In Marketplace Bombing In Eastern Iraq

Iraqi workers clean the site of a truck bomb attack that hit the area a day earlier at Khan bani Saad town, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday. At least 115 people were killed in what's described as the single deadliest such attack in the country in a decade.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 1:23 pm

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

In the deadliest single attack in a decade in Iraq, a truck bomb exploded at a crowded marketplace in eastern Diyala province, killing at least 115 people celebrating the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. The self-declared Islamic State reportedly has claimed responsibility.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

WATCH: Magnus Effect Whisks Basketball Into The Spin Zone

Putting some spin on the ball.
Veritasium

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 2:59 pm

What happens when you drop a regulation Spalding basketball from a 415-foot-high dam? It depends.

For a group from the trick basketball team How Ridiculous who sank a basket from atop the Gordon Dam in Tasmania, it meant landing a spot in the Guinness World Records book.

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