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
3:00 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Capt. Ron Johnson: 'I Am Sorry' For Brown's Death

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks during a rally at Greater Grace Church on Sunday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 5:22 pm

Capt. Ron Johnson, the Missouri Highway Patrol officer in charge of security in Ferguson, Mo., told a thousand-strong audience gathered in a local church that he has a "heavy heart" over the violence and anger in the city in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Johnson, who is black, was handed security in the volatile St. Louis suburb by Gov. Jay Nixon last week, after local authorities were accused of a heavy-handed approach.

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2:20 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Israel, Palestinians Still Far Apart As Truce Nears End

Palestinians carry belongings from their homes, destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday. The devastation could resume if a cease-fire is allowed to expire at midnight on Monday.
Sameh Rahmi EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 2:29 pm

With the clock ticking on the expiration of the latest cease-fire in Gaza, representatives of Israel and Hamas resumed talks in Cairo today but appeared divided over an Egyptian proposal to ease the closing of the territory.

As NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Jerusalem, at the heart of the talks is the seven-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. "Hamas is demanding a full lifting of the blockade; Israel says it's only willing to ease some restrictions, allowing easier passage of goods and people in and out of Gaza."

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8:42 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Kurds: U.S. Air Power Backing Operation To Retake Mosul Dam

Map of northern Iraq locating Mosul dam and the Kurdish capital Arbil (also spelled "Irbil"), where the U.S. carried out airstrikes targeting Islamic State fighters on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:32 pm

Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET

Kurdish forces say they've retaken areas near the country's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic separatists, a day after U.S. officials acknowledged conducting airstrikes in the region.

The Associated Press, quoting Kurdish peshmerga leader Gen. Tawfik Desty, said his fighters, backed by Iraqi and U.S. warplanes, started an operation to retake Mosul Dam from rebels belonging to Islamic State, an extremist group inspired by al-Qaida that is also known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL, early Sunday.

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7:37 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Kenya Shuts Borders To Ebola-Hit West African Countries

Health workers are handed personal protective gear before collecting the bodies of the deceased from streets in Monrovia, Liberia, on Saturday. Liberia is one of three West African countries hard-hit by the Ebola outbreak.
Abbas Dulleh AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:28 pm

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET.

The Kenyan government has taken the step of closing its borders to travelers from West African countries affected by the growing Ebola outbreak.

The suspension applies to Kenyan ports of entry for people traveling from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the country's Health Ministry says. It goes into effect Tuesday at midnight.

"This step is in line with the recognition of the extraordinary measures urgently required to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa," the Health Ministry said in a statement.

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6:52 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Ukraine Claims Gains On The Ground, As Rebels Down Warplane

A Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter jet flies over Slovyansk, Ukraine, in May. Ukrainian officials acknowledged the same type of aircraft was shot down Sunday over the country's east.
Alexander Ermochenko AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:26 pm

Updated at 3:05 p.m. ET

Ukrainian officials acknowledge that one of the country's MiG-29 fighter jets has been shot down by rebels, but they say the incident follows a major push in the east against pro-Russia separatists that could prove a breakthrough in the four-month conflict.

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6:18 am
Sun August 17, 2014

DOJ Orders Second Autopsy Of Teen Shot By Ferguson Police

Law enforcement officers wait to advance Sunday morning after firing tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Authorities report one shooting and several arrests.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:35 pm

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET

The Justice Department has ordered a second autopsy of Michael Brown, the black teen who was fatally shot by police last week in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, sparking off a week of angry and frequently violent protests.

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2:59 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Mo. Governor Orders State Of Emergency, Curfew In Ferguson

A protester holds up a clenched fist Friday night in front of a convenience store that was looted and burned in Ferguson, Mo.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:32 pm

Updated at 1:19 a.m. ET, Sunday.

Hundreds of demonstrators went home peacefully as a midnight curfew approached in Ferguson, Mo., but "a couple hundred defiant protesters remained," reports the Associated Press.

The crowd was gathered in the St. Louis suburb at the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer.

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1:35 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Gov. Perry: Indictment 'Amounts To Nothing'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes a statement regarding his indictment on charges of abuse of power at the Texas state capitol, in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
Ashley Landis EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 1:24 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been charged with felony counts of abuse of power over his veto of funding for a public corruption office, fired back today, calling the indictment politically motivated.

"I did nothing wrong," the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate said at a brief news conference in Austin, Texas.

"This indictment amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power, and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen," Perry told reporters.

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11:37 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Thousands Of Anti-Government Protesters March In Pakistan

Supporters of Imran Khan, a cricketer-turned-politician and head of opposition party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, listen to his speech during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday.
Sohail Shahzad EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:34 pm

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the Pakistani capital today in mass demonstrations against the government. The protests were led by fiery Islamic cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan.

Demonstrators are demanding that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in the country's May 2013 election, something Sharif has refused to do, according to The Associated Press.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Germany Eavesdropped On Kerry, Clinton, Magazine Says

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shown before boarding a helicopter to Amman, Jordan, in 2013. A report says that Germany inadvertently eavesdropped on at least one of Kerry's calls in the Middle East.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:29 pm

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8:22 am
Sat August 16, 2014

What's Behind Those Abuse-Of-Power Charges Against Perry?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday. Late Friday, Perry was indicted on abuse-of-power charges.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 11:20 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, considered a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, was indicted on felony abuse-of-power charges late Friday in connection with his veto of funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

The case, which has been bubbling for months, is complicated. Here's a closer look at what we know from various sources:

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Sat August 16, 2014

New York State Couple Charged In Abduction Of Amish Girls

The booking photos of Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey, who were charged Friday in the kidnapping of two Amish girls.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 11:17 am

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET.

A couple from upstate New York has been charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping in connection with the abduction of two Amish girls from a roadside farm stand earlier this week.

Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, appeared in a court in Albany late Friday with their lawyers, but were not allowed to enter a plea, The Associated Press reports. They were ordered held without bond.

By way of background, the AP writes:

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6:34 am
Sat August 16, 2014

U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq Pound Area Near Mosul Dam

A man from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits on the ground at Bajed Kadal refugee camp southwest of Dohuk province on Friday.
Youssef Boudlal Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:28 pm

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET.

U.S. F/A-18s and drones are conducting airstrikes around the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, a senior U.S. official tells NPR.

The region has seen stepped up fighting in recent days between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Islamic State, or ISIS, militants.

Residents living near the Mosul Dam told The Associated Press that the area was being targeted in airstrikes.

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The Two-Way
11:15 am
Fri August 15, 2014

EU OKs Arms Shipments To Iraqi Kurds

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 3:01 pm

Updated at 5 p.m. ET.

European Union foreign ministers condemned "atrocities and abuses" carried out in Iraq by Islamic insurgents against religious minorities, and gave the green light to its members to provide arms to combat the militants.

In an emergency meeting in Brussels, the EU's top diplomats did not reach a consensus agreement on the situation in Iraq, but said individual members were free to send arms to Iraq's Kurds to use in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants in the country's north.

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8:48 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Indonesian Police Detain U.S. Couple In Murder Probe

Heather Mack, the daughter of an American woman found dead inside a suitcase on the Indonesian island of Bali, gestures while in custody in a police station in Denpasar on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:38 pm

Police in Indonesia say that a U.S. couple being held in connection with the brutal killing of a 62-year-old Chicago woman while the three vacationed in Bali could face the death penalty if they are charged with premeditated murder.

The body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found stuffed in a bloodied suitcase on the resort island of Bali on Tuesday. After a preliminary investigation, Indonesian police detained the woman's 19-year-old daughter, Heather Mack, and Mack's boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21.

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7:17 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Kiev: Russian Armor Destroyed After Crossing Border

A convoy purportedly carrying humanitarian aid is parked about 17 miles from the Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, on Friday. Ukrainian officials have insisted on inspecting the cargo over fears that the convoy might be a pretext for invasion.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:03 pm

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.

Ukraine's president says Kiev's artillery destroyed a "significant" part of a Russian armored column that is said to have crossed the border overnight.

Russia called the claim a "fantasy."

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2:23 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki Says He Will Step Down

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has served since 2006. He will be succeeded by Haider al-Abadi.
Ebrahim Noroozi AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 4:50 pm

Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced today that he will step down and endorse his nominated successor, state television says.

Maliki, who has been under increasing pressure to step aside, will be succeeded by Haider al-Abadi, from the prime minister's own Dawa Party, who was appointed on Monday and had begun the process of forming a Cabinet despite Maliki's angry denunciations.

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1:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Robin Williams Sober, In Early Stages Of Parkinson's, Widow Says

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 2:03 pm

The wife of Robin Williams, who took his own life on Monday, says the actor/comedian was sober at the time of death, but suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a progressive and debilitating neuromuscular condition.

"Robin's sobriety was intact" at the time of his suicide, Susan Schneider said. "[He] struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly."

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11:56 am
Thu August 14, 2014

There's No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout

These undated photos provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife show the endangered greenback cutthroat trout and the Colorado River cutthroat trout. Federal and state biologists have stocked the wrong fish for more than two decades.
AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:40 pm

It's been a cutthroat existence for Colorado's state fish.

The rare greenback cutthroat trout, for years on the receiving end of a well-meaning, but taxonomically misguided attempt to save it, now seems to be back on track (though not out of the woods).

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Obama: U.S. To End Aid Drops In Iraq, But Airstrikes To Continue

President Obama speaks about the situations in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo., Thursday, in Edgartown, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:50 pm

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET.

President Obama says U.S. airstrikes have broken a siege by Islamic militants of minority Yazidis on a mountaintop in northwestern Iraq and it's unlikely that more airdrops of humanitarian aid will be necessary.

"Our military was able to successfully strike ISIL targets around the mountain," where the militant group had laid siege to the Yazidis, he said.

He said U.S. airstrikes against the militants would continue "to protect our people and facilities in Iraq."

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Obama Urges Healing, Peace In Ferguson, Mo.

President Obama speaks to reporters Thursday about the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:35 pm

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET:

President Obama is calling the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where violence has broken out in the aftermath of a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, "heartbreaking and tragic."

Speaking in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard where he is vacationing, Obama said he received a briefing this morning from Attorney General Eric Holder.

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6:46 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gaza Quiet After Israel, Hamas Reach Cease-Fire Extension

Part of a tunnel exposed by the Israeli military is seen on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border on Thursday, as a five-day extension of a cease-fire deal goes into effect.
Amir Cohen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 7:27 am

So far, a five-day extension to a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding, NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Jerusalem.

She says, "There were a few tense hours before the ... extension was announced — rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel, and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes. But it's been quiet since, as both sides prepare to return to Egyptian-brokered negotiations aimed at creating a long-term truce."

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Turkey's Erdogan Wins First Direct Presidential Election

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan waves to the crowd in Istanbul on Sunday. He said the Turkish people had "shown their will" in electing him president.
Osman Orsal Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 2:14 pm

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey's first-ever direct presidential election, with an unofficial 53 percent of the vote.

Opposition candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu conceded defeat in elections, offering congratulations to Erdogan in a brief statement to reporters in Istanbul.

AP reports:

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12:34 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Look For The Super-Est Moon Of The Summer

The supermoon rises over Beijing on Sunday. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 10:55 pm

We've already had one "supermoon" this summer and there's another one due next month, but the one you might see Sunday night has astronomy fans running out of lunar superlatives. National Geographic is calling it an "extra-supermoon."

As NatGeo explains:

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Sun August 10, 2014

St. Louis Police: Black Teen Shot In Altercation With Officers

Protesters confront police Sunday after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo.
Sid Hastings AP

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 2:40 pm

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.

The chief of the St. Louis County Police says a black teenager fatally shot by officers Saturday was killed during an altercation with authorities.

But as Chief Jon Belmar was speaking at a news conference Sunday morning, a few hundred angry protesters carrying signs converged on the police station taunting police with chants of "Don't shoot me," according to The Associated Press.

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10:54 am
Sun August 10, 2014

West African Border Crossings On Lockdown Amid Ebola Spread

Liberians read the Daily Talk chalk board on the Ebola outbreak in the capital, Monrovia, on Saturday. According to statistics from the World Health Organization, 959 patients have died from Ebola in West Africa.
Ahmed Jallanzo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 1:32 pm

The government in the West African nation of Guinea is denying reports that it has sealed its borders with neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola outbreak.

Guinea's health minister said Saturday that it had closed its borders with the two countries to prevent infected people from entering. State television in Guinea later said, however, that it had only instituted special health measures at border posts, according to the BBC.

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7:15 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Israel Accepts New 72-Hour Cease-Fire In Gaza

A Palestinian boy runs on the rubble of damaged graves at a cemetery hit by an Israeli strike in Gaza Cita, on Sunday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 1:34 pm

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET.

Israeli officials have confirmed a new three-day cease-fire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a move that clears the way for a resumption on talks to end the weekslong conflict.

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6:35 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Iraq Claims Militants Executed Hundreds Of Minority Yazidis

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 10:16 am

Update at 11:50 a.m. ET.

A Baghdad government minister says at least 500 members of Iraq's minority Yazidis have been killed by Islamic militants.

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12:08 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Ukraine Rebels Reportedly Make Cease-Fire Offer

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 10:24 am

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET.

Amid reports that Ukraine army forces are closing in on rebel-held Donetsk, the leader of the separatist insurgents says his fighters would accept a cease-fire to avoid a looming humanitarian crisis.

The Associated Press says:

"There was no immediate government response to the statement Saturday from Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the so-called prime minister of the Donetsk separatists.

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9:28 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency

President Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Saturday. He said the situation in Iraq amounts to a "long-term project."
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 10:27 am

Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET.

President Obama says that the U.S. will continue to provide Iraq with humanitarian and military assistance, but he ruled out ground troops and reiterated administration calls for Iraq to form a "legitimate" government in order to face the threat from Islamic militants.

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