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
10:31 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Tariq Aziz, Saddam's Foreign Minister, Dies At 79

Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz in a photo from December 1998 as he stands at attention for the Iraqi national anthem at a conference in Baghdad. Aziz has reportedly died at age 79.
Peter Dejong AP

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 12:46 pm

Tariq Aziz, the man who became the public face of Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's regime, has died in custody 12 years after surrendering as Baghdad fell to invading U.S. troops, an Iraqi government official has confirmed. Aziz was 79.

The Associated Press reports the former foreign minister and deputy prime minister "died on Friday afternoon after he was taken to the al-Hussein hospital in the city of Nasiriyah, about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, according to provincial governor Yahya al-Nassiri."

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8:55 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Lost And Found: Missing Rembrandt, Dürer Prints Turn Up At Boston Library

Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan, left, and Conservation Officer Lauren Shott hold the recovered prints by Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt van Rijn.
Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 2:27 pm

Not lost, just misplaced. That's the word from the Boston Library after it found two missing prints — a Dürer and Rembrandt worth a combined $630,000.

But their presumed loss had already set in motion a chain of events, including an FBI criminal probe and the resignation of the library's president.

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7:46 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Pakistan Officials: Most Arrested In Malala Yousafzai Attack 'Secretly Acquitted'

Malala Yousafzai poses for photographs in New York. Yousafzai survived being shot by the Taliban in 2012 because she advocated education for girls.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 7:47 am

In April we quoted Pakistani officials as saying that 10 men arrested in the near-fatal shooting of Pakistani youth activist Malala Yousafzai had been convicted in a secret trial and sent to prison for 25-year jail terms. Authorities now say that's not true — all but two of the men were "secretly acquitted" and set free.

The two men who weren't acquitted were actually handed life sentences, the officials say.

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6:44 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Economy Beats Expectations, Adding 280K New Jobs In May

Bazileo Hernandez (right) fills out a job application at a motel while searching for jobs in Williston, N.D., in January.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 9:55 am

The U.S. economy got 280,000 new jobs in May, comfortably beating economists' expectations. Even so, the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent, according to the latest Labor Department report.

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1:48 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Bergdahl Hearing Postponed Until September

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who officials say abandoned his post in Afghanistan before he was captured by the Taliban and held for five years, will face a preliminary hearing in September for a possible court martial.
Uncredited AP

The Army has pushed back the date for a preliminary hearing for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier released in a prisoner exchange with the Taliban last year after spending five years in captivity in Afghanistan.

The so-called Article 32 hearing for Bergdahl, who has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, had been scheduled for July 8, but now will take place in September 17 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

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12:59 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Ukraine's President Warns Of Russian Invasion

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks to lawmakers during the annual address to the Parliament of Ukraine in Kiev, on Thursday.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko warned the country's military to be ready for a "full-scale invasion" by Russian forces amid stepped up fighting near the border that has occurred despite a cease-fire agreement.

Poroshenko said 9,000 Russian troops were in Ukrainian territory already, a charge Moscow has denied. On Wednesday, west of the city of Donetsk, there was a 12-hour tank and artillery duel between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists — some of the fiercest fighting since a temporary truce went into effect in February.

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10:19 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Newly Identified 'Hellboy' Dinosaur Sported Unique Horns, Scientists Say

Artistic life reconstruction of the new horned dinosaur Regaliceratops peterhewsi in the palaeoenvironment of the Late Cretaceous ofAlberta, Canada.
Julius T. Csotonyi/Courtesy of Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 2:56 pm

Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

There's a new species of dinosaur, and they call him "Hellboy."

At first glance, the untrained eye is likely to see the childhood favorite Triceratops — and to be sure, Regaliceratops peterhewsi is a close relative. But there are some important differences, scientists say.

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8:04 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Announces 2nd White House Bid

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday. Perry announces his 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination today.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 11:15 am

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET

Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas and 2012 Republican candidate for president, formally announced a second bid for the White House.

At a rally in Addison, Texas, this afternoon, Perry told a group of supporters: "Today I am announcing that I'm running for the presidency of the United States of America."

He decried that "weakness at home has led to weakness abroad" and that "Our economy is barely growing."

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6:51 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Man Fatally Shot In Boston Was Planning Attack On Police, Officials Say

Attorney Jessica Hedges (center) talks to members of the media outside the federal courthouse in Boston after the arraignment of her client David Wright on Wednesday.
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 2:45 pm

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET

A knife-wielding man who was fatally shot by terrorism investigators in Boston earlier this week had been plotting to "go after ... boys in blue," according to the FBI.

Usaama Rahim, 26, was killed Tuesday after he was confronted by members of an FBI antiterrorism task force and Boston police. Authorities say that Rahim lunged at them with a large, military-style knife as they approached him at his place of employment, a CVS drug store in the Roslindale neighborhood. They fatally shot him when he refused to drop his knife.

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1:30 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Fatal Shootings By Police Twice As High As Official Number, Report Says

Police and protesters square off outside the Ferguson Police Department, in March.Earlier in the day, the resignation of Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson was announced in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.
Jeff Roberson AP

According to an analysis done by The Washington Post, police across the country have fatally shot at least 385 people so far this year –- a rate that comes to more than two a day and is twice the number counted by federal authorities.

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12:14 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Bernie Sanders Likens Salacious 1972 Essay To 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally Saturday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 12:31 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders sought to put behind him a strange episode concerning a bizarre piece of fiction he authored four decades ago, likening the work to Fifty Shades of Grey during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press.

Answering a question from the show's host, Chuck Todd, the Vermont lawmaker said, "This is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972, I think. That was 43 years ago. It was very poorly written.

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11:35 am
Sun May 31, 2015

No Love Lost In Paris As 'Love Locks' To Be Cut From Bridge

Newlyweds resting on the Pont des Arts in Paris last year. Any hope that the love locks that cling to the famous span over the Seine would last forever will be unromantically dashed by the city council, who plan to dismantle them Monday.
Remy de la Mauviniere AP

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 12:46 pm

For several years now, couples in Paris have been saying je t'aime by placing a padlock on the city's famed Pont des Arts bridge. And it has begun to weigh on the famous span — to the tune of some 45 tons.

Lovers (mostly tourists, Parisians say) have placed nearly a million padlocks on a fence along the bridge and then thrown the key into the Seine river as a symbol of their undying adoration. But city officials have a less romantic view of it all, blaming the padlocks for "long-term heritage degradation and a risk for visitors' security."

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6:21 am
Sun May 31, 2015

Planetary Society Regains Communication With LightSail Spacecraft

Planetary Society's LightSail experiment.
Planetary Society

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 5:29 am

The Planetary Society says it has regained contact with its LightSail satellite. Last week fears arose that the organization had permanently lost touch with the tiny spacecraft, which launched earlier this month to lay the groundwork for testing a solar sail in Earth orbit.

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The Two-Way
12:14 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Manhattanhenge Set To Wow New Yorkers Tonight

The sun sets along 42nd Street in Manhattan in 2013 during a semi-annual phenomenon known as "Manhattanhenge," when the sun aligns perfectly with the city's transit grid.
John Minchillo AP

It's a semi-annual alignment of sun and skyscrapers in downtown New York and it's happening tonight at 8:12 p.m. ET.

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10:49 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Hastert Due To Be Arraigned Next Week

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert addresses the Illinois House in 2013. Hastert is due next week to be arraigned on charges of structuring payments to an accuser and lying to the FBI.
Seth Perlman AP

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was due to be arraigned in federal court next week on charges he paid hush money — reportedly to keep silent allegations of sexual abuse that date from his days as a high school teacher and coach in rural Illinois.

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9:01 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Seeks Democratic Nomination

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley as he announces his intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination during a speech in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Md.
Jim Bourg Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 7:43 am

Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Saturday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, joining front-runner Hillary Clinton and dark horse candidate Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary race.

Speaking at a rally in Baltimore, where O'Malley served as mayor before becoming governor, he decried "an economy that has so concentrated wealth in the hands of the very few that it has taken opportunity out of the homes of the many."

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7:26 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Death Toll In Texas, Oklahoma Floods At 28

Flood waters from the Brazos River encroach upon a home in the Horseshoe Bend neighborhood in Weatherford, Texas, on Friday.
Brandon Wade AP

Officials are warning of more rain this weekend in Texas and Oklahoma, compounding severe flooding in the region that began last weekend and has been blamed for the deaths of at least 28 people.

Forecasters warn that the Colorado River at Wharton, Texas, could crest today, causing major flooding in that area. It is the wettest May on record for the state.

Meanwhile, volunteers searched the banks of the Blanco River in Central Texas, searching for people missing days after a vacation house was swept away, according to The Associated Press.

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7:00 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Egypt Agrees To Deport U.S. Citizen Sentenced For Protests

A photo from March shows Mohammed Soltan being pushed by his father Salah during a court appearance in Cairo, Egypt. Soltan, a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen, was ordered deported to the U.S. after a prolonged hunger strike protesting his prison conditions.
Heba Elkholy AP

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 7:45 am

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET

A dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen who spent nearly two years in prison after being swept up in a crackdown on the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement has been released and will be deported to the United States.

Mohamed Soltan, 27, was sentenced for helping finance anti-government protests and for spreading "false news."

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary: Militarization of South China Sea Is Unacceptable

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the U.S. Navy on May 21.
HANDOUT Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 10:34 pm

Update, 12:15 a.m. ET:

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10:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

First-Quarter Revision Puts GDP In The Red

Waiter Melvin Angel shovels snow outside the restaurant he works at in Boston in April. The harsh winter in the Northeast took an even bigger toll on economic growth in the first three months of 2015 than previously estimated.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:42 pm

It turns out that the harsh winter and a growing trade deficit made a bigger dent in the U.S. economy in the first three months of the year than previously thought — with revised first-quarter GDP actually shrinking by 0.7 percent, according to the Commerce Department.

Commerce had earlier estimated output growing by 0.2 percent. The contraction announced Friday is the first since the first quarter of 2014.

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9:37 am
Fri May 29, 2015

U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

President Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro during their historic meeting in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:29 pm

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

The U.S. State Department announced Friday that Cuba has been dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

"The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission," the department said in a statement. "While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba's policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation."

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8:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Second Saudi Attack

Members of the Saudi security services inspect the site of a car bomb attack targeting Shiite Saudis attending Friday prayers at a mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 10:25 am

The Saudi branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a second suicide bomb attack in as many weeks on a Shiite mosque in the kingdom.

At least four people — including the person thought to be the driver of the car bomb — were killed in the attack, which took place during Friday prayers at the al-Anoud mosque in Dammam in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this month. In an interview on CNN Sunday, Carter complained that Iraqi forces lacked "the will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:04 am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State and that they lost western Anbar province to the extremist group despite outnumbering their opponents.

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11:43 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

Malaysian authorities say they've discovered numerous gravesites in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human smugglers along the Thai-Malay border. The dozens or possibly hundreds of bodies are thought to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Voice of America quotes Malaysia's Home Minister Zahid Hamidi as telling reporters today that the graves had been found near villages used by people traffickers.

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8:58 am
Sun May 24, 2015

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the university in Oct. 1994 after being named the winner of the Nobel Prize for economics.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:00 am

Updated at 12:01 p.m. ET

John Forbes Nash Jr., the Nobel laureate known for his groundbreaking work on game theory and differential equations, was killed along with his wife in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police say. He was 86.

His death was first reported by NJ.com citing a police official. NPR has confirmed the report through longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg. The couple were killed on Saturday.

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7:13 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Greece Warns That It Will Probably Miss Next Month's Debt Payment

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (center) gestures next to Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis (left) and Interior and Administrative Reconstruction Minister Nikos Voutsis. Voutsis says Greece may miss its next debt payment.
Alkis Konstantinidis Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 8:17 am

Greece is warning that unless it can reach a deal with its creditors, it will be unable to make a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund next month.

Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, speaking on Greek television, said bluntly that four installments totaling 1.6 billion euros ($1.76 billion) "will not be given and is not there to be given."

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6:39 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

Vehicles pass by a landslide area after the earthquake in Gorkha district last week. A fresh landslide in the same area has cut off a major river, threatening villages downstream.
Navesh Chitrakar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:48 am

Hundreds of villagers in Nepal have fled to higher ground after a landslide Sunday cut off the flow of a major river, creating a dam that could burst at any time, inundating towns downstream.

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, reports that authorities are warning residents that the blockage of the Kali Gandaki River could burst and that torrents of water could sweep away villages for miles downstream.

"We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places," Interior Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters.

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2:36 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Huge Crowd In El Salvador For Beatification Of Slain Archbishop

A man holds an image of late Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero during his beatification ceremony Saturday at El Salvador del Mundo square in San Salvador.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:38 am

Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980 by a member of a right-wing death squad, has been beatified in a ceremony in the country's capital Saturday that drew at least a quarter of a million people.

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1:40 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Email Slip Reportedly Reveals United Kingdom Plan For Possible EU Exit

The Bank of England in London in a photograph taken in March. The central bank inadvertently revealed that it was planning for a possible withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 2:33 pm

In what is being described as an embarrassing release of a confidential email, the Bank of England may have inadvertently revealed that it is making financial plans for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, should that ever come to pass.

Earlier this month, the newly reelected British Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his party's commitment to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on continued membership in the EU.

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9:01 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Officer Acquitted In 2012 Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Suspects

Michael Brelo weeps as he hears the verdict in his trial Saturday, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:23 am

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

A judge handed down a verdict of not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter against a Cleveland officer charged in the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — unarmed suspects who were caught in a 137-shot hail of police gunfire following a high-speed chase.

Small protests quickly erupted in Cleveland, but they appeared to be peaceful.

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