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
1:05 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Avalanches Kill Nearly 250 In Afghanistan

Survivors of an avalanche walk in the Abdullah Khil village of the Dara district of Panjshir province on Sunday. Nearly 200 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years.
Omar Sobhani Reuters/Landov

Massive avalanches in a valley not far from the Afghan capital have reportedly killed nearly 200 people, adding to a total of almost 250 deaths from the worst such snow slides in three decades in the country's mountainous northeast.

Rescue workers using bulldozers worked to clear roads to the Panjshir Valley area just northeast of Kabul — an area where villagers have been cut off for almost a week.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Sun March 1, 2015

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

A user prepares to roll a marijuana cigarette on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes in the District of Colombia on Thursday.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:28 pm

Nearly two-thirds of Millennials who identify as Republican support legalizing marijuana, while almost half of older GOP Gen-Xers do, according to a recently released Pew survey that could be an indicator of where the debate is heading.

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9:10 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Venezuela Cuts American Embassy Staff, Restricts U.S. Travel

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday.
Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 3:00 pm

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a reduction in U.S. diplomatic staff in the country and restrictions on travel by U.S. citizens there –- as he accused Washington of "gringo" meddling.

The BBC reports:

"The president said that the US government had 100 employees working in Venezuela whereas Venezuela had 17 based in the US.

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7:00 am
Sun March 1, 2015

ISS Spacewalkers Perform Tricky Cable, Antenna Installation

Astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station on Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 3:44 pm

Astronauts at the International Space Station have ventured outside to perform a challenging cable installation on their orbiting platform.

Spacewalkers Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore have 400 feet of cable to install as well as two sets of antennas.

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6:21 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Opposition Rally In Moscow To Mourn Boris Nemtsov

People hold flags and posters during a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday night.
Tatyana Makeyeva Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 2:58 pm

Updated at 10:08 a.m. ET

Tens of thousands of people are gathering in the Russian capital to mourn Boris Nemtsov, the former deputy prime minister turned harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down on a Moscow street last week.

The march, originally scheduled to oppose Russian involvement in Ukraine, was to have been led by Nemtsov himself. Following his murder, however, the gathering has turned into a wake for the fallen opposition leader.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

A man looks at ancient Assyrian human-headed winged bull statues at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:14 pm

Days after video emerged showing self-declared Islamic State extremists taking sledge hammers to pre-Islamic antiquities inside the Mosul museum, the Iraqi government has reopened the country's national museum, shuttered since the 2003 U.S. invasion of the country that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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8:39 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Egypt Declares Hamas 'Terrorist' Group

Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas patrol on the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip earlier this month.
Abed Rahim Khatib APA/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:00 pm

A court in Egypt has declared Hamas a "terrorist organization."

The verdict concerning Hamas, which controls Gaza, is seen as part of the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's crackdown on Islamist groups.

Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist party that was banned in Egypt after President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013.

The Associated Press reports:

"Last month, an Egyptian court banned Hamas' military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and also designated it a terrorist organization. ...

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Sat February 28, 2015

West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

People lay flowers on Saturday at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Western leaders are pressuring Moscow for a full and transparent investigation into the fatal shooting of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a staunch opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

Nemtsov, 55, a deputy prime minister in the 1990s who later organized mass rallies against Putin in 2011 and 2012. Most recently, he accused Putin allies of profiteering from the development of the Sochi Winter Olympics infrastructure.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:07 am

As we reported late Friday, the House managed to approve a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Obama signed. The passage capped a day of scrambling that saw a longer three-week stopgap shot down in the House.

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The Two-Way
2:02 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Bomb Blast Kills 2 At Pro-Kiev Rally In Eastern Ukraine

A man holds a Ukrainian flag as he cover the body of a victim of an explosion in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Sunday.
Andriy Marienko AP

A bomb blast at a rally in eastern Ukraine has killed two people on the first anniversary of the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, an event that helped trigger Russia's annexation of Crimea and a separatist uprising.

Ukraine's Interior Ministry described the blast at a pro-Kiev rally in Kharkiv as an act of terrorism and said it had been caused by a bomb. It said a police officer was among the dead and that about a dozen other people were wounded.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Homeland Security Chief: Threat To U.S. Malls 'A New Phase' For Terrorists

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says a video released by al-Shabab "reflects [a] new phase" for terrorism networks.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 12:24 pm

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson says he's taking seriously a call by Islamist extremists for attacks on shopping malls in the West, including Minnesota's giant Mall of America.

In an interview on CNN's State of the Union program, Johnson said a video released by the Somali-based group al-Shabab "reflects [a] new phase" in which terrorist networks publicly call "for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks.

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Kerry Warns More Russian Sanctions Possible Over Ukraine

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Secretary of State John Kerry deliver a statement at a news conference in London, today. Kerry said the two were going to discuss the possibility of further sanctions against Russia amid cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine.
Neil Hall AP

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 10:46 am

Secretary of State John Kerry is signaling the possibility of more sanctions on Russia over continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, saying the U.S. and its allies would not tolerate Moscow's "brazen" violations of the Minsk cease-fire agreement.

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9:43 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Clark Terry, Acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter And Composer, Dies At 94

Trumpeter Clark Terry in 1991. Terry's wife announced Saturday that he had died at age 94.
AP

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 12:27 pm

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Clark Terry, who recorded with the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Quincy Jones, has died at age 94.

Gwen Terry wrote that her husband "has joined the big band in heaven where he'll be singing and playing with the angels.

"He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends," she wrote on his Facebook page Saturday. She did not say when he died.

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8:06 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Bangladesh Ferry Accident Kills Dozens

Bangladeshi rescue workers carry the dead body of one of the victims after a river ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized Sunday.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 10:19 pm

Updated at 11:50 p.m.: Death toll rises

The bodies of at least 68 passengers have been recovered from the site of a capsized river ferry in Bangladesh, The Associated Press reports.

Up to 140 people are believed to have been on the ferry; however, officials have not determined the number of missing passengers. The AP reports that ferries in the region normally don't maintain precise lists of their passengers.

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Chilean Cyclist Nearing Record Killed By Truck In Rural Thailand

A rural highway in southern Thailand photographed in 2013. Congestion and reckless driving are not uncommon on the country's roads and thoroughfares.
Sumeth Panpetch AP

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 6:09 pm

A Chilean man who began an around-the-world bicycle journey four years ago and was closing in on a Guinness distance record has been killed.

Juan Francisco Guillermo was hit by a passing pickup truck while stopped on the side of a highway in rural Thailand. His Singaporean wife and 2-year-old son, who were traveling with him, sustained minor injuries.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Turkish Operation Rescues Soldiers Guarding Tomb In Syria

Turkish soldiers during the military operation in Syria on Sunday. Turkey launched the raid to evacuate some 40 soldiers guarding the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 12:40 pm

The Turkish army launched an overnight operation to rescue some 40 of its soldiers guarding an Ottoman-era tomb in Syria. The soldiers had come under attack by self-declared Islamic State.

The remains of the Tomb of Suleyman Shah were taken back across the border.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Geneva, says that throughout the conflict in Syria, Turkey has kept soldiers at the tomb near Aleppo. Suleyman Shah was the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled vast parts of Europe, Asia and Africa for six centuries. Shah is revered by Turks.

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The Two-Way
3:46 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Britain's Cameron Calls On Schools To Help Stop Extremist Recruitment

British Prime Minister David Cameron is urging his nation's schools to guard against the influence of extremism after three school-aged girls slipped out of the country in a suspected attempt to join the self-declared Islamic State.

The Associated Press reports that Cameron said the teenagers' disappearance was deeply concerning.

"We all have a role to play in stopping people from having their minds poisoned by this appalling death cult," Cameron said.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

WATCH: Shipping Around The World In 1:40

Fleetmon.com video of global shipping traffic.
Fleetmon.com

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 11:27 am

Given a deal to end to a nine-month slowdown at West Coast ports announced on Friday, we thought now might be the time to promote this new-to-us video from FleetMon.com that gives us a strong representation of just how busy are the world's shipping lanes.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Court Blocks White House 'No-Release' Detention Policy

A sign in Spanish and English above the entrance to a secured entrance area at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:30 am

A federal judge has ruled to temporarily block an Obama administration order to detain mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S., what is known as the "no-release" policy.

The Wall Street Journal says: "The lawsuit challenged the new practice by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, of detaining women and children who had shown a credible fear of persecution."

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Fire In Dubai Skyscraper Forces Evacuation Of Residents

A fire blazes at "The Torch," a residential high-rise tower, in Dubai, on Saturday.
Reuters /Landov

A fire in one of the world's tallest residential skyscrapers in Dubai forced the evacuation of hundreds of people before it was safely extinguished with no deaths.

Local media reports that the blaze broke out in the 86-story Torch Tower at about 2:30 a.m. local time in the United Arab Emirates.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Defense Secretary Carter Hints At Slowing U.S. Exit From Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter (center left) is greeted with a military honor guard as he arrives to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.
Jonathan Ernst AP

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 1:51 pm

Newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, gave the strongest indication to date that the White House is considering slowing down its troop withdrawal timetable to accommodate security concerns.

Carter said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and President Obama would get a chance to discuss a possible "rethinking" of plans for the exit of the remaining 10,000 U.S. forces when Ghani visits Washington next month.

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The Two-Way
4:22 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

For The Evolution Of Marine Creatures, Bigger Is Better, Study Says

A blue whale is seen in Timor waters in an undated photo. The marine mammal buttresses Cope's rule, the notion that over the course of evolution, most animals tend to get bigger.
Kiki Dethmers AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:02 pm

For more than 500 million years, sea creatures have been getting bigger — much bigger as it turns out, according to a study by scientists who say that the evolutionary trend toward larger body size fits with a 19th-century principle known as Cope's rule.

The rule, first posited in the late 1800s by Edward Drinker Cope, "states that evolution tends to increase body size over geologic time in a lineage of populations."

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ukraine: Moscow Was Behind 2014 Deaths Of Protesters In Kiev

People pay their respects Friday in honor of the "Heavenly Hundred" who were killed a year ago on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.
Efrem Lukatsky AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 6:00 pm

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaking on the one-year anniversary of a bloody day of anti-government protests in Kiev that precipitated the ouster of his Moscow-backed predecessor, accuses Russia of having a direct role in the killing of dozens of activists.

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The Two-Way
11:47 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bitter Cold Spell Is One For The Record Books

Pedestrians brave the cold during their morning commute on Friday in New York. Arctic air and bitterly cold wind is moving across the Northeast, plunging temperatures into record-low single digits, accompanied by subzero wind chills.
John Minchillo AP

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Fri February 20, 2015

What Cease-Fire? Ukrainian Troops Retreat As Rebels Press Fight

Russia-backed rebels pose by a road sign at the entrance in Debaltseve, Ukraine, on Friday after their post-cease-fire seizure of the strategic town.
Vadim Ghirda AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 11:39 am

Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists continued to shell government positions in the country's contested east despite a truce agreement that went into effect nearly a week ago.

Meanwhile, a British parliamentary report published today accuses Europe's leaders and diplomats of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin ahead of the crisis that has plunged Ukraine into turmoil and threatened to re-draw the post-Cold War map in the region.

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Thailand Moves To Outlaw Surrogate Services To Foreigners

Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua poses last August with Gammy, then nine months old. The boy, who has Down Syndrome, was rejected by the Australian couple who contracted Pattaramon for the birth.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 11:31 am

Thailand's parliament has given preliminary approval to a law that would make it illegal for women in the country to hire themselves out as surrogate mothers to would-be foreign parents. The legislation follows a series of high-profile scandals in the past year that have shed a negative light on the practice.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Twin Cyclones Slam Australia's North Coasts

The aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia in Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia, on Friday. The small town on the Capricorn Coast is bearing the brunt of the wild weather. Another cyclone has made landfall on the country's north coast.
Karin Calvert EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 11:11 am

In what is being described as an unprecedented occurrence, Australia is getting slammed by two major cyclones at the same time.

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The Two-Way
1:59 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Suspect In Foiled Canadian Mall Shooting Left Social Media Trail

Police say the Halifax Shopping Centre in Nova Scotia was the target of a thwarted attack.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 4:12 pm

The Canadian man who police say was involved in a foiled mass shooting plot reportedly expressed admiration for the 1999 Columbine High School massacre online.

Although police have yet to confirm his identity, Canadian media identifies the man as 19-year-old James Gamble. Police say he committed suicide as they closed in on him for allegedly planning attack at a shopping mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

ISIS Video Purports To Show Mass Beheading Of Coptic Christians

Egyptians protest on Friday what they characterize as Government inaction in reaction to the kidnapping of Copts in Libya, Cairo, on Friday.
Ahmed Masri/Almasry Alyou EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 9:08 pm

Updated at 11:10 p.m. ET

A video has emerged that purports to show militants of the self-declared Islamic State beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped last week in Libya.

Reuters reports: "In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded."

Reuters says a caption on the five-minute video reads: "The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church."

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Commercial Drone Rules To Limit Their Weight, Speed And Altitude

Drones are displayed at an event with the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Coalition, last month. The FAA's proposed new rules for their commercial use require certified pilots to fly them and limit their speed, altitude and area of operation.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 1:59 pm

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

The Federal Aviation Administration has released long-awaited draft rules on the operation of pilotless drones, opening the nation's airspace to the commercial possibilities of the burgeoning technology, but not without restrictions.

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