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
2:52 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Fla. Man Impersonating Officer Pulls Over Unmarked Sheriff's Car

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:45 pm

Not the wisest of moves: A man impersonating a police officer in Florida signals a real sheriff's detective driving an unmarked car to pull over.

WESH in Orlando reports that the suspect, 20-year-old Matthew Lee McMahon, "activated a red and blue light Monday while driving behind an unmarked county sheriff's car."

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1:56 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Senators Reach Framework To Pay For Veterans' Care Outside System

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:32 pm

Senators from both parties have reached an agreement on legislation that would expand the ability of veterans to seek government-paid medical care outside the network of the VA medical system.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who is chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, was joined by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in making the announcement Thursday on the Senate floor.

The Associated Press reports:

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12:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell won Senate approval as the new secretary of health and human services.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 1:31 pm

The Senate has voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of secretary of health and human services, where she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who presided over the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

In a 78-17 vote, Burwell, who served most recently as White House budget director, was approved Thursday.

In a statement released by the White House press office, President Obama said he applauded the confirmation of Burwell.

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5:41 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Attorney Says Sterling Will Sell Clippers, Drop NBA Suit

Donald Sterling watches his Los Angeles Clippers play the Sacramento Kings in October. Sterling's attorney says he has agreed to sell the team.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Reuters is quoting an attorney for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as saying his client has agreed to sell the team, and to drop a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA.

Attorney Maxwell Blecher said Wednesday that Sterling "has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences," according to SI.com.

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5:03 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Most Americans See Bible As Word Of God, Gallup Says

Abraham T. Moses, principal of the the Washington United Christian Academy, reads scriptures aloud during the 25th annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon on April 28, 2014.
AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:33 pm

Three out of four Americans believe the Bible is the word of God, according to a new Gallup poll; some say the literal word, others that a supreme being inspired the text. But an increasing number also view the book as simply a collection of fables, legends and history.

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2:49 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

NFL Says When It Comes To Super Bowl 50, 'L' Is For Losers

NFL loses the roman numerals.
NFL

The old saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans."

But in the case of the Roman numeral for 50, the National Football League has decided, at least for 2016 (and, admittedly in San Francisco, not Rome), to do as the Arabs.

The official explanation is that "Super Bowl L" just isn't as pleasing to the eye as its Arabic numeral equivalent, "Super Bowl 50."

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12:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Last Of The Navajo 'Code Talkers' Dies At 93

Chester Nez, one of 29 Navajo Code Talkers whose language skills thwarted the Japanese military in World War II, is shown in a November 2009 photo. Nez died on Wednesday.
Felicia Fonseca AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:33 pm

The last of the Navajo "Code Talkers" who used their native language as the basis of a cipher that confounded the Japanese military during World War II has died at age 93.

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The Two-Way
6:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Website Linked To Stabbing Of 12-Year-Old Posts Disclaimer

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 10:37 am

Editor's Note: The two girls charged in the attack have been named in some news reports, including an earlier version of this post. However, after careful consideration of the information's news value, NPR is no longer naming the girls because of their ages.

Creepypasta, a horror fantasy website that allegedly spurred two 12-year-old girls to carry out a near-fatal stabbing of a peer, has posted a disclaimer distancing itself from the crime.

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4:01 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

FBI: San Francisco Man Had Bomb Components 'To Maim Or Kill'

Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, shown in an undated image provided by the FBI, was charged Tuesday with possessing an illegal destructive device.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:57 pm

A San Francisco man described as a social media expert and political consultant appeared in federal court on Tuesday charged with one count of possession of an illegal destructive device after an FBI search of his apartment reportedly turned up bomb-making components.

Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, 42, was arrested Monday after a three-day manhunt.

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2:23 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Leader Of Pakistani Political Movement Arrested In London

Supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) political party hold posters of their leader Altaf Hussain, who was arrested in London, as they gather at the party's headquarters in Karachi on Tuesday.
Athar Hussain Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:16 pm

The leader of Pakistan's powerful Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) was arrested Tuesday in London, where he's been living in self-imposed exile since the 1990s.

Reuters says Altaf Hussain was taken into custody in relation to a murder case, but the BBC says he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

Reuters says:

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Egypt's Former Army Chief Wins Presidential Election In Landslide

Egyptian supporters of Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi chant slogans during a celebration in Cairo's Tahrir Square last week. On Tuesday, election officials certified that Sisi secured 97 percent of the vote.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 2:23 pm

Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt's former army chief, has secured a whopping 96.9 percent of the vote in the country's presidential election, but fewer than half of those allowed to cast ballots did so, according to the election officials.

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7:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Investor Carl Icahn Reportedly At Center Of Insider Trading Probe

Billionaire financier Carl Icahn is reportedly at the center of an insider trading probe being conducted by the FBI and SEC.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:23 am

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, pro golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas sports gambler "Billy" Walters are reportedly the target of an investigation by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged insider trading.

The Wall Street Journal says the agencies "are examining whether Mr. Mickelson and Mr. Walters traded illicitly on nonpublic information from Mr. Icahn about his investments in public companies, people briefed on the probe said."

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4:03 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Cleveland Patrolman, 5 Others Charged In Deadly 2012 Car Chase

The 1979 Chevrolet Malibu that was caught in a hail of gunfire after a 23-minute chase in 2012. Two unarmed suspects were killed.
Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:04 am

Six police officers have been indicted in connection with a 2012 chase in Cleveland that resulted in the deaths of two unarmed suspects in a hail of gunfire.

A grand jury returned indictments on two counts of manslaughter against patrol officer Michael Brelo. Five supervisors were indicted on misdemeanor charges of dereliction of duty.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

U.S. Confirms American Carried Out Suicide Bombing In Syria

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 7:15 pm

The State Department on Friday confirmed that a U.S. citizen, who they believe to be Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, took part in a suicide truck bombing in Syria earlier this week.

Reports that a Syrian rebel calling himself Abu Hurayra al-Amriki (Abu Hurayra the American), a name allegedly adopted by Abu-Salha, carried out the May 25 attack on a Syrian government complex in western Idlib province have been circulating on social media for several days.

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1:14 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Thailand's Military Ruler Says No Elections For At Least A Year

An anti-coup demonstrator in Bangkok, earlier this week. The country's new military leader says those opposed to the putsch lack an understanding of democracy.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 4:02 pm

The leader of Thailand's military junta said it could take a year or more before new elections in the country, as he repeated warnings to protesters opposing last week's coup, saying they lack a "true understanding of democracy."

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney To Step Down

President Obama gives White House press secretary Jay Carney a hug after announcing that Carney will step down next month.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 12:57 pm

Jay Carney, who fielded reporters' tough questions for more than three years as White House press secretary, will resign.

President Obama interrupted the Friday media briefing to make the announcement.

"Jay's had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time," Obama said, announcing the move.

"Jay has become one of my closest friends," he said.

Carney said he'd asked to leave in April and that he would depart officially in mid-June.

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The Two-Way
6:39 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

After Decades Of Silent Wandering, NASA Probe Phones Home

Whatever name it sailed under — International Sun-Earth Explorer 3, and International Cometary Explorer, among others — this spacecraft has scored a number of firsts over the years, including the first comet flyby.
NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 1:19 pm

You might call it the ultimate long shot — a group of space enthusiasts trying to re-establish contact with a wayward satellite launched in 1978. Figuratively speaking, it's been off the radar for decades.

No more.

"The initial contact was a tone followed by specific commands," project organizer Keith Cowing told NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce by email. "We learned a lot simply by being able to talk to it and get it to do things.

"May not sound like much but that was a huge unknown," he adds.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

'No Evidence' Snowden Raised Concerns While At NSA

NSA leaker Edward Snowden during a meeting with Russian activists and officials at Sheremetyevo airport, shortly after he first arrived in Russia last year.
Tatyana Lokshina AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 5:34 pm

Edward Snowden says that during his time as a contractor with the National Security Agency he raised concerns about the extent of its electronic surveillance, but the NSA's own search of email shows he only asked the agency's legal department for a single "clarification" on a technical issue.

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3:58 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Husband Of Woman Beaten, Shot To Death In Pakistan Killed First Wife

Mohammad Iqbal sits beside the body of his wife, Farzana, after she was stoned to death earlier this week by her family for marrying against their wishes. Iqbal has since admitted that he killed his first wife in order to remarry.
Rahat Dar EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 9:20 am

A man whose pregnant wife was stoned to death by angry relatives in Pakistan earlier this week has admitted that he killed his first wife so he could remarry.

It's a disturbing twist to the already disturbing story that we reported on Tuesday of 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, who was bludgeoned to death with bricks by her family after she eloped with Mohammad Iqbal instead of marrying a cousin as her family demanded.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Pope Invites Israeli, Palestinian Leaders For Joint Prayer Session

Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, earlier this week. While in the Holy Land, the pontiff extended an invitation to the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to join a prayer meeting at the Vatican.
Debbie Hill UPI/Landov

Pope Francis is hoping to demonstrate the power of prayer next week when Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas join the pontiff at the Vatican for an exercise in peace building.

Reuters describes his invitation to the two leaders to join him at the Vatican for a joint prayer meeting as one of the "boldest political gestures" for Francis since he became pope in March 2013.

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The Two-Way
1:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles For Various Defects

2010 Ford Explorers move through final assembly at the Louisville, Ky., plant. The Explorer is one of several vehicles subject to Thursday's recall.
Sam VarnHagen AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 2:33 pm

Ford announced Thursday a recall of some 1.4 million vehicles, including more than 1 million SUVs with a power steering defect and nearly 200,000 Taurus sedans with a corrosion problem. The company also said it was recalling 82,576 sedans with floor mats that could interfere with the accelerator.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said the recall involves 915,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs. A separate recall covers 196,000 Ford Explorer SUVs. The SUVs affected are from model years 2008 to 2011.

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12:39 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Teenage Sisters Allegedly Gang-Raped, Murdered In India

Young girls hold banners during a demonstration Thursday in Lucknow, India, after police arrested several men for allegedly raping and murdering two teenage sisters and then hanging their bodies from a tree.
Azam Husain Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 1:16 pm

NPR's Julie McCarthy reports today on another alleged gang rape and murder in India — this one involving two teenage sisters from the lowest Hindu caste whose bodies were found hanging from a mango tree.

Julie says the two girls, ages 14 and 15, were killed in a village about 140 miles east of the capital New Delhi.

"They reportedly had gone to a field to relieve themselves but never returned," Julie says. "Like hundreds of millions of Indians, they lacked a bathroom at home."

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The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

American Said To Have Carried Out Suicide Bombing In Syria

Photo reportedly of Abu Hurayra al-Amriki (Abu Hurayra the American), an American said to have participated in a recent suicide truck bombing in Syria.
Twitter

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 6:31 pm

U.S. officials are investigating claims circulated on social media sites that an American fighting with Syria's rebels helped carry out a suicide truck bombing in the war-torn country over the weekend.

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics For $3 Billion

Apple announced Wednesday that it is acquiring Beats Electronics for $3 billion. Beats, the headphone and music streaming specialist, also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine.
Michael Dwyer AP

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 5:41 pm

Apple announced Wednesday that it is acquiring Beats Electronics, agreeing to pay $3 billion for the audio equipment and subscription streaming music service founded by Dr. Dre and producer Jimmy Iovine.

While it is relatively small in comparison with major acquisitions made by other tech companies, the deal represents the largest-ever for 38-year-old Apple.

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3:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Pakistani Taliban Reportedly Split Over 'Un-Islamic' Practices

Pakistani Taliban patrol in their stronghold of Shawal in the Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan, in 2012. The organization has reportedly split over disagreements about tactics.
Ishtiaq Mahsud AP

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 4:08 pm

An internal rift within the Pakistani Taliban over tactics one faction says are "un-Islamic" has erupted into a full split, one of the factional leaders said Wednesday.

The apparent split comes after months of fighting among the factions that killed dozens of fighters from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.

The BBC says:

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2:02 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Newtown Dad Posts Open Letter To Father Of UCSB Victim

Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Michael-Martinez was killed in Friday's mass shooting in Isla Vista, Calif., breaks down as he talks to media outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's headquarters on Saturday.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 2:18 pm

The father of one of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary has posted an open letter to Richard Martinez, who tearfully lashed out at "irresponsible politicians and the NRA" after his son Chris was killed on Friday in the shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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1:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

55 Convicted In Public Trial In China's Northwest

Trucks packed with criminals and suspects at a mass sentencing rally at a stadium in Yili, in Xinjiang province, on Tuesday.
China Stringer Network Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 1:35 pm

In a mass trial before thousands of onlookers at a sports stadium, authorities in China's northwestern Xinjiang province convicted and sentenced 55 people on charges of terrorism, separatism and murder, state media report.

The scene, reminiscent of the communist Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and '70s, took place before a crowd of 7,000 spectators. All of the defendants appeared to be from the region's Muslim Uighur community, the BBC says.

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12:31 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Report Finds Evidence Of Secret Wait Lists At VA Hospital

The Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix, where the VA's inspector general says numerous problems with scheduling practices were uncovered.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 12:12 pm

The inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs has affirmed that some 1,700 patients at the Phoenix VA hospital were put on unofficial wait lists and subjected to treatment delays of up to 115 days.

In an interim report released Wednesday, the inspector general's office reported it had "substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality of care" at Phoenix HCS.

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5:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

State Department Issues Warning For Americans To Leave Libya

The State Department has issued a new travel warning for Libya, saying U.S. citizens should leave the north African country immediately because of the "unpredictable and unstable" security situation and threats of attacks against Americans.

"[Various] groups have called for attacks against U.S. citizens and U.S. interests in Libya," the State Department said in a statement. "Extremist groups in Libya have made several specific threats this year against U.S. government officials, citizens, and interests in Libya."

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5:26 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

White House Counsel To Look Into Accidental Leak Of CIA Name

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:14 pm

White House Counsel Neil Eggleston has been asked to investigate what went wrong over the weekend when the name of the CIA's top official in Afghanistan was inadvertently made public.

Administration spokeswoman Caitlyn Hayden said Tuesday that Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has asked Eggleston to examine the matter and report back with recommendations on how to make sure something like this does not happen again.

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