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
9:40 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Jack King, NASA's 'Voice Of Apollo,' Dies At 84

A Nov. 14, 1969, photo made available by NASA shows Jack King in the Firing Room of the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the countdown for Apollo 12. King, who died Thursday, became known as NASA's "Voice of Apollo."
AP

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 11:17 am

Jack King, who uttered the countdown heard 'round the world followed by the historic words "Liftoff on Apollo 11!" has died at age 84.

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7:44 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Big Change Yields Small Change As Zimbabweans Turn In Their Trillions

An old one hundred trillion Zimbabwean dollar note on top of a pile of other old Zimbabwean notes of various denominations in Harare, Thursday. Starting next week, Zimbabweans will be able to exchange their trillions for up to $5 U.S.
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 7:13 am

In Zimbabwe, even the trillionaires are struggling to make ends meet.

But that is about to change as the government begins a phasing out of the massively hyperinflated Zimbabwean dollar in favor of a multi-currency regime involving mainly a mix of U.S. dollars and South African rand that, in any case, has been the de facto norm since 2009.

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Charges Recommended For Cleveland Officers Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:09 am

A judge ruled today that there's enough evidence to charge two Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed in November while holding a replica gun outside a recreation center.

As The Associated Press notes, the decision is largely symbolic, because Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine "cannot compel prosecutors to charge the officers."

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3:16 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Twitter CEO Stepping Down After Disappointing First Quarter

Twitter's Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo gives a speech in 2012 in Cannes, France. The social media company says Costolo will step down as CEO effective July 1.
Lionel Cironneau AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:24 pm

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will step down and the social media powerhouse's co-founder and Chairman of the Board Jack Dorsey will take over as interim head, the company says.

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10:24 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Rupert Murdoch Poised To Step Down As CEO Of 21st Century Fox

Rupert Murdoch (center) and his sons Lachlan (left) and James (right) are seen in a combination of file photos. Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp. and the Fox media empire, says he will hand over the reins of the company.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:41 pm

Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year-old Australian-born media baron, says he will step down as head of the global media empire 21st Century Fox, handing the reins to his son James.

A source has confirmed to NPR's David Folkenflik that James Murdoch would become head of the company. The elder Murdoch will become co-executive chairman with another son, Lachlan.

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8:30 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Trio Of Astronauts Return To Earth After Record-Breaking ISS Mission

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy checks her Sokol pressure suit aboard the International Space Station. Cristoforetti, who set an endurance record, is among three astronauts who returned on Thursday.
ESA/LANDOV

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 9:45 am

Three astronauts are safely on the ground in Kazakhstan after their Soyuz capsule re-entered at the end of a record-breaking mission aboard the International Space Station. Their return to Earth was delayed by the loss of a Russian resupply ship.

NASA's Terry Virts, Italian Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Russian Anton Shkaplerov were back on terra firma after 199 days in space. Cristoforetti's stay on the ISS broke an endurance record for a female astronaut.

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6:39 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Authorities Beef Up Search For Killers Who Escaped From New York Prison

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 9:55 am

A massive manhunt for two killers who escaped from a prison in upstate New York has expanded to Vermont, where authorities learned the inmates talked of going before their jailbreak, but officials acknowledged that they have no firm leads.

David Sweat and Richard Matt, convicted murderers, made a complex and daring escape last weekend from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., and there has been no sign of them since.

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3:12 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Ronnie Gilbert, Clarion Voice Of Folk Band The Weavers, Dies At 88

The Weavers, a folk group first organized in 1948, perform in a 25th Anniversary reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Nov. 28, 1980. From left are: Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:10 am

Ronnie Gilbert, the female voice in the influential 1950s folk quartet the Weavers, which also included Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman, has died at age 88.

Gilbert died of natural causes on Saturday, at a retirement home in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Mill Valley, her longtime partner Donna Korones was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

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2:39 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Video Shows Texas Police Officer Pulling Gun On Teens At Pool Party

An officer from the McKinney, Police Department draws his weapon on teens at the pool.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:35 am

ADVISORY: This video contains profanity and violence.

Police responding to reported disturbance at a community pool in McKinney, Texas, are seen in a video posted to YouTube aggressively subduing black teenagers and, at one point, pulling a gun on them.

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10:37 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Turkey's Ruling Party Will Lose Its Majority, Preliminary Results Show

Supporters celebrate early election results outside the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters in Istanbul. The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has lost its majority according to preliminary results.
Murad Sezer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 1:16 pm

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

The ruling party of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who had parliamentary elections would deliver a super majority — looks like it will lose its majority altogether.

With roughly 97 percent of the votes counted, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, appears to have secured only about 260 seats in the 550-member Grand National Assembly.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Saudi High Court Upholds Blasphemy Sentence On Blogger

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison on a blogger who was found guilty of "insulting Islam though electronic channels."

Raif Badawi was arrested in 2012 for running the Liberal Saudi Network, which encouraged online debate of religious and political issues.

The sentence that was upheld today was harsher than the first he received. That one was overturned during a retrial, but was reinstated in May 2014, adding 400 more lashes, three more years in prison and an additional fine equivalent to $266,000.

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8:26 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Convicted Murderers Manage 'Extraordinary' Prison Break In New York

This photo provided by New York governor's office shows the area where two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes at a maximum-security prison in Dannemora, N.Y.
Darren McGee AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 8:20 am

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

In a prison-break likely to draw comparisons to the film The Shawshank Redemption, two convicted murderers have escaped from a maximum-security facility in upstate New York by cutting through steel walls, shimmying through a steam pipe and emerging from a manhole on the outside.

Inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border, early Saturday morning.

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7:14 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Obama At G-7: West Must Stand Up To 'Russian Aggression'

President Obama drinks a beer as he sits between men dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes during a visit to the village of Kruen, southern Germany, on Sunday, prior to the G-7 summit.
Markus Schreiber AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 5:54 am

President Obama, speaking at the G-7 Summit in Germany, urged Western leaders to stand up to "Russian aggression" in Ukraine and said that ties between Washington and Berlin amount to "one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known."

The discussion at the summit at the Bavarian village of Kruen, which also includes leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan, was likely to focus on the conflict in Ukraine and efforts to keep Greece from defaulting on its sovereign debt.

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12:58 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Putin To West: Russia Is No Threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting with foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow last week.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Straight from Russian President Vladimir Putin's mouth: "I would like to say — there's no need to be afraid of Russia."

Putin's comments to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera follow months of fighting in Ukraine between Kiev's forces and Russian-backed separatists that have reminded many of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union seemed perpetually on the verge of invading Western Europe and the forces of NATO were the only thing standing in the way.

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12:07 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Egyptian Court Rescinds Terrorist Label For Hamas

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:58 pm

A court in Egypt has overturned a ruling that named Hamas a terrorist organization. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has welcomed the move.

The decision by the Urgent Matters Appeals Court said the lower court had lacked jurisdiction.

The Associated Press quotes Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, as saying the latest court ruling would have "positive consequences on the relationship between Hamas and Egypt."

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9:06 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Beau Biden, Vice President's Son, Remembered In Delaware Service

Vice President Joe Biden arrives for funeral services for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, on Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 1:42 pm

Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET

Beau Biden, the eldest son of the vice president, a former Delaware attorney general and an Iraq War veteran, is being laid to rest today following his death a week ago from brain cancer. President Obama called him "an original" and talked of the husband, father and "the rare politician who collected more fans than foes."

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6:59 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Saudis Shoot Down Scud Missile Fired By Houthi Rebels In Yemen

A man walks by a workshop damaged by an air strike on a nearby Scud missile base in Yemen's capital Sanaa in April.
Khaled Abdullah Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:12 am

Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired by Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen that was targeted at one of the kingdom's largest air bases.

NPR's Deborah Amos, reporting from Riyadh, said the Cold War-era Scud was taken down by the U.S.-supplied Patriot missile defense system.

The thwarted rebel attack comes after three Saudi soldiers and a border guard were killed in an earlier border skirmish, she says.

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6:28 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Official Death Toll In China's 'Eastern Star' Disaster Rises To Nearly 400

Rescuers work in the hull of the upright ship Eastern Star to launch rescue work in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China's Hubei Province, on Saturday.
Bai Yu Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:10 am

The death toll in the capsizing of a cruise ship in China's Yangtze River has risen to just under 400, making it the deadliest maritime disaster in seven decades in the country.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency says hundreds more bodies have been recovered since the overturned Eastern Star was righted on Friday, bringing the total confirmed dead to 396. Among the newly recovered bodies was that of a 3-year-old girl.

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Prosecutor Charges Minnesota Archdiocese With Turning 'Blind Eye' To Abuse

The Cathedral of St. Paul in January, the same month the Archdiocese of St. Paul filed for bankruptcy protection in connection with sex abuse claims.
Jim Mone AP

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 2:38 pm

The Archdiocese of St. Paul has been criminally charged with allegedly turning a "blind eye" to sexual abuse against minor boys by former priest Curtis Wehmeyer, who pleaded guilty in 2012.

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12:25 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

11 Dead, 8 Missing After Avalanche On Mountain In Borneo

Hikers trapped on Borneo's Mt. Kinabalu on Friday after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake triggered avalanches that closed off the decent route.
Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:12 am

Updated Saturday 1:45 a.m. ET:

A total of 11 bodies have been recovered after an earthquake triggered an avalanche on Borneo's highest peak. Guides have helped 167 stranded climbers to safety, and eight more are still missing, according to news reports.

The 137 climbers, including an unknown number of foreign tourists, were unable to descent Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo. However, Masidi Manjun, the tourism minister for Sabah state on the island's northeast side, tweeted:

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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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The Two-Way
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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