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
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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The Two-Way
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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The Two-Way
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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The Two-Way
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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The Two-Way
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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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Dozens Dead In Mexican Shootout Between Gangs, Police

Authorities say these vehicles caught fire during a gunbattle in a warehouse at Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, on Friday.
Oscar Pantoja Segundo AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:33 am

Forty-two suspected gang members and one Federal Police officer were killed in a shootout at a ranch in western Mexico that is being described as the deadliest such encounter in recent memory.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Thai Authorities Arrest Protesters On Anniversary Of 2014 Coup

Policemen face protesters during a protest in central Bangkok on Friday. Thai authorities detained dozens of activists protesting against military rule on the first anniversary of a coup against the elected government.
Damir Sagolj Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:14 pm

One year after an army-led coup toppled Thailand's elected government, authorities detained more than a dozen student activists in the capital and elsewhere for gathering to protest the putsch.

"We invited them to talk but they would not back down so we are sending them to the police," a soldier in the area who declined to be identified was quoted by Reuters as saying.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

People examine the debris following a suicide bomb attack Friday at the Imam Ali mosque in the eastern village of al Qudaih in Saudi Arabia's Qatif province. A branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:57 pm

A branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that has killed at least 19 people, a move that could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo that the online statement from ISIS "named and praised the Saudi suicide bomber who detonated himself amongst a congregation of Shiite Saudis praying in a mosque in the village of al Qudaih in Qatif province."

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The Two-Way
11:32 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

Josh Brones walks his hunting dogs, Dollar (from left), Sequoia and Tanner, near his home in Wilton, Calif., in 2012.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:36 pm

It looks like dogs might well have been man's (and woman's) best friend for a lot longer than once thought.

The long-held conventional wisdom is that canis lupus familiaris split from wolves 11,000 to 16,000 years ago and that the divergence was helped along by Stone Age humans who wanted a fellow hunter, a sentry and a companion.

Now, DNA evidence suggests that the split between dogs and their wild ancestors occurred closer to 30,000 years ago.

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

A bird covered in oil flaps its wings at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Thursday. More than 9,000 gallons of oil have been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:35 pm

It could be months before investigators can determine what caused a pipeline leak that has fouled a stretch of coast in Southern California, the company that operates the oil conduit says.

Since the leak was discovered earlier this week, more than 9,000 gallons of oil have been raked, skimmed or vacuumed from a 9-mile stretch of California shoreline near Santa Barbara, officials say.

"We have not even uncovered the pipe yet," said Patrick Hodgins, senior director of safety for Texas-based Plains All American, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Islamic State Reportedly Seizes Last Syria-Iraq Border Crossing

In this photo released Thursday by a website run by Islamic State militants, damaged Syrian helicopters sit at Palmyra air base, which was captured by ISIS after a battle with the Syrian government forces earlier this week.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 12:02 pm

Fighters with the self-declared Islamic State have seized the last border crossing in Syria, where they control half of the country, according to a British-based monitoring group.

Syrian government forces withdrew from al-Tanf, known as al-Waleed in Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The border crossing lies at the extreme northwest of Iraq's border with Syria.

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5:39 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Nuns vote on a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage, at a polling station in County Dublin, Ireland, on Friday.
Peter Morrison AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 12:08 pm

Voters in Ireland are deciding whether the country will amend its constitution to make same-sex marriage legal.

The vote on Friday follows months of debate in the heavily Catholic country. Opinion polls suggest the referendum will pass and Ireland will become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in a national vote.

But, as NPR's Ari Shapiro points out, "Polls in this part of the world have been totally wrong in the past.

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan

Pakistani human rights activists condemn the killing of the Christian couple for alleged blasphemy during a demonstration in Islamabad, Pakistan, in November.
B.K. Bangash AP

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:53 pm

Prosecutors in Pakistan's Punjab province have charged 106 people in connection with the gruesome mob killing of a Christian couple who were incinerated in a brick kiln for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Quran.

In November, Sajjad Mesih and his wife, Shama — who was pregnant when the couple in their 20s was killed — were beaten and thrown into the kiln they tended as laborers.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Thu May 21, 2015

'Fast-Track' Trade Authority Wins Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 1:28 pm

The Senate has voted to limit debate on a bill that would grant the White House "fast track" negotiating authority and clear a path for the Obama administration's trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

Reuters says the 62-38 vote, which clears a filibuster hurdle, boosts "hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia."

Many Democrats oppose the Asia-Pacific treaty, saying free-trade deals cost U.S. jobs, but the White House maintains that U.S. producers need access to foreign markets.

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8:34 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Malaysia Orders Navy, Coast Guard To Rescue Rohingyas At Sea

A newly arrived Rohingya migrant uses a mirror after taking a shower at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Thursday.
Binsar Bakkara AP

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:08 pm

Malaysia's prime minister has ordered the navy and coast guard to search for stranded Rohingya migrants in the Andaman Sea, a day after Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta agreed to take boatloads of desperate refugees who have been in limbo for weeks since fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

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