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
7:53 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Yemeni Rebels Call For Mass Rallies After President Steps Down

Houthi Shiite Yemeni carry coffins of fellow men killed during recent clashes with presidential guard forces, during their funeral procession in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday.
Hani Mohammed AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 2:44 pm

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET

Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have controlled the capital, Sanaa, for months, are staging mass rallies there today in the wake of the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his Cabinet.

Hadi on Thursday "succumbed to an apparent coup attempt" by the rebels, The Washington Post says.

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6:43 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Thai Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Ousted Premier

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, arrives at parliament in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, to face an impeachment vote.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:23 am

Thai legislators installed by the country's military junta have voted to impeach ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on charges of criminal negligence related to her government's failed effort to prop up the price of rice.

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

U.S. delegation leader Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) talks with reporters as he leaves the Hotel Saratoga, in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday.
Desmond Boylan AP

A U.S. Congressional delegation led by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy is in Cuba to discuss greater cooperation after President Obama embarked on a historic thawing of relations between the two countries after a decades-long chill.

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12:25 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Seattle Super Bowl Bound After NFC Title Win Over Green Bay

Luke Willson (#82) of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring on a two-point conversion during the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Seattle won 28-22.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:12 pm

Updated at 6:33p.m. ET:

The Seattle Seahawks have defeated the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC title and earn their ticket to Super Bowl XLIX.

Seattle won 28-22 in a game that saw the Packers pull out to a commanding early lead — going into the half 16-0. Seattle gained traction, however, scoring touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to close the gap.

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10:23 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Republican Leaders Dismiss Obama's Tax Proposal As 'Not Serious'

House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Obama speaks to media during a bipartisan, bicameral leadership meeting at the White House this week. Boehner and others have reacted dismissively to Obama's tax overhaul plan.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Republicans are firing back at a White House proposal to push tax cuts for middle income families by raising the capital gains tax rate on couples making more than a half-million dollars a year.

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8:59 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Prominent Irish Government Minister Comes Out As Gay

Ireland's Health Minister Leo Varadkar, 36, who has publicly come out as gay.
Brian Lawless PA Photos/Landov

One of Ireland's most prominent politicians, Health Minister Leo Varadkar, has become the first government minister ever to come out as gay — a move that comes just four months before the traditionally conservative Catholic country holds a nationwide referendum on same-sex marriage.

Varadkar, 36, told Ireland's RTE Radio 1 today: "I'm a gay man. It's not a secret, but it's not something that everyone would necessarily know."

He said the referendum was one of the reasons he'd decided now was the time make his sexual orientation known to the public.

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8:10 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Ukraine Launches Major Offensive To Retake Donetsk Airport

Smoke rises over the new terminal of Donetsk airport in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, where government troops have launched an offensive to capture the area from Russian-backed separatists.
Mstyslav Chernov AP

Ukraine's president says his forces will retake the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk from the control of Russian-backed separatists amid reports of a major push to do just that.

Petro Poroshenko, speaking to a crowd of several thousand gathered Sunday in central Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march, said that he would not "give up an inch" of Ukrainian territory to separatists, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Ukrainian forces launched a "mass operation" overnight that had succeeded in retaking most of the airport.

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7:07 am
Sun January 18, 2015

ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'

A mentally disabled Yazidi man is carried to a bus that will bring him to the Kurdish city of Dohuk, after being released by Islamic militants, in Alton Kupri, outside Kirkuk, Iraq, on Sunday.
Bram Janssen AP

The self-declared Islamic State has released a group of some 200 elderly members of the Yazidis religious minority, allowing them to cross out of territory controlled by the extremists.

It is not clear why the militants released the men and women, many infirm, but The Associated Press quotes Gen, Shirko Fatih, the commander of the Kurdish peshmerga in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk as saying "It probably became too expensive to feed them and care for them."

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6:08 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Record Turnout For Pope's Sunday Mass In Manila

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday. In his homily, Francis warned about the Philippine government's "insidious" family planning program.
Ron Soliman AP

At least 6 million people in the predominately Catholic Philippines thronged a rain-drenched Rizal park in the capital, Manila, to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he presented Sunday Mass at the end of a four-day visit to the islands nation.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Greece Arrests Four In Latest Anti-Terror Raids

Belgian paratroopers guard outside a Jewish school in the central city of Antwerp on Saturday, a day after authorities made several arrests of alleged Islamist extremists who they say were plotting attacks.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Greek authorities have detained four terrorism suspects including a man thought to have links to a foiled terror plot in Belgium.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

France Approves Secret Burials For 'Charlie Hebdo' Attackers

A police photo showing Said Kouachi from an arrest some time before the Jan. 7 attack on the French magazine. Said, who was killed by police two days after the attack, was reportedly secretly buried in his hometown of Reims.
Uncredited AP

French authorities have approved secret burials for the two brothers who were killed by police following their attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Mayors in two French cities "begrudgingly" agreed to secret burials of Said and Cherif Kouachi who carried out a shooting spree at the magazine on Jan. 7 and eluded police for three days in a rampage that killed 17 people, The Associated Press says.

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12:23 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Undersea Tunnel In Europe Shut Down After Fire; No Injuries

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

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

There were no reports of injuries.

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

According to Reuters:

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Sat January 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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7:08 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Gunmen Kidnap Top Official In Yemen

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

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

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

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

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6:25 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Storm Causes Pope To Cut Short Visit To Typhoon Hit Tacloban

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

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

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

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

WATCH: SpaceX Booster Crashes On Barge

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

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

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1:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Chinese Spy Chief Latest Snared In Anti-Corruption Campaign

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

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

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11:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Archdiocese Of St. Paul-Minneapolis Files Chapter 11

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

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

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

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9:18 am
Fri January 16, 2015

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

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

What year was the Constitution written?

Who was president during World War I?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Divers Retrieve Flight Data Recorder From AirAsia Flight

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

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

Update at 11:50 p.m. ET

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

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

Our previous post continues:

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

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

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

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

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

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7:54 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Paris Suspects Declared Allegiance To Al-Qaida, ISIS

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

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

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

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

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

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

George Zimmerman Again Arrested On Assault Charges

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

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

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

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1:25 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Rallies In France Prelude To Paris March Planned For Sunday

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

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

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12:14 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:58 am
Sat January 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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8:59 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Who Carried Out The Paris Attacks?

Hayat Boumeddiene in a 2010 mugshot.
Prefecture de Police AP

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

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

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

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