Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Thu June 25, 2015

ISIS Launches Push To Retake Border Town Of Kobani

Civilians, reportedly wounded by fighting in Kobani, wait with their relatives to cross into Turkey at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Tel Abyad, Syria, on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:16 am

Islamic State fighters, who were ousted from the Kurdish border town of Kobani in January, have launched an offensive to recapture the Syrian city — setting off car bombs as a prelude to an attack, NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Report: ISIS Lays Mines Around Ancient Sites In Palmyra

The Roman theater in Palmyra, which dates from the 1st century A.D. Islamic States militants have reportedly placed landmines around it and other ancient ruins.
Prismaarchivo DPA/Landov

Islamic State militants have sown landmines around ancient ruins in the Syrian city of Palmyra, captured by the Islamist group in May, according to a British-based monitoring group.

It wasn't clear, however, whether the move is a prelude to destroying the Roman-era sites or securing them from Syrian government forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

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The Two-Way
11:04 am
Sun June 21, 2015

'Speed,' Galápagos Tortoise Who Came To San Diego In 1933, Dies At 150

This undated photo from the San Diego Zoo shows Speed, a Galapagos tortoise that has been at the zoo since 1933. The zoo reported Friday that Speed had been euthanized at an estimated age of more than 150 years.
AP

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 4:46 pm

A rare Galápagos tortoise, known affectionately as "Speed," has died at the San Diego Zoo — his home of more than eight decades. He was (approximately) 150.

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The Two-Way
7:34 am
Sun June 21, 2015

Search For Escaped Convicts In New York Shifts After Possible Sighting

David Sweat (left) and Richard Matt (right) in a 2015 file photo released by the New York State Police after the two escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6.
AP

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 4:45 pm

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

Authorities on a massive manhunt for a pair of convicted murderers, who made an extraordinary escape from a prison in upstate New York two weeks ago, have shifted the focus of their search to Allegany County near the Pennsylvania border after reports of a possible sighting of David Sweat and Richard Matt.

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Sun June 21, 2015

Emotional Service Held At Charleston Church Days After Shootings

Mourners gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on Sunday.
Pool Photo By David Goldman/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 9:24 pm

Updated at 11:10 a.m. EST

The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., today is holding its first Sunday service following a horrific shooting that killed nine members of a Bible study group there.

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The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Prophet Muhammad Cartoons To Be Broadcast On Dutch TV

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 4:40 pm

A far-right Dutch politician said cartoons of the prophet Muhammad were not shown on Dutch TV today as planned because of a "misunderstanding" with the network, but said the broadcast would go ahead at a later date.

Geert Wilders heads the Freedom Party and was a speaker at the Muhammad cartoon event in Garland, Texas, last month that was attacked by gunmen. He initially accused the television station of sabotage when Saturday's broadcast didn't go off as planned. It was supposed to be aired during a block of time allotted by law to every party in the Dutch parliament.

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Photos Of Dylann Roof, Racist Manifesto Surface On Website

A photo from the website "The Last Rhodesian" appears to show the Charleston church shooting suspect. The website contains a lengthy racist manifesto.
lastrhodesian.com

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 4:48 pm

Updated at 6:46 p.m. EDT

Dylann Roof, the Charleston church shooting suspect, appears to have set up a website that contains photos of himself and a manifesto-like diatribe against non-whites. The author of the rant writes of being motivated by the Trayvon Martin case and concludes that there is "no choice" but to "take it to the real world."

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Anti-Austerity Marchers Rally In London Calling For End To Cuts

Placards are burned at the End Austerity Now rally in Parliament Square, London. Protesters have said the march was the start of a broader campaign to end government cuts to social programs.
Daniel Leal-Olivas PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 11:36 am

Tens of thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators marched through the streets of London and other U.K. cities in what they claim is the start of a broader program of protests and civil disobedience to force the Conservative government to reverse its program of deep spending cuts.

Larry Miller, reporting from London for NPR, says that organizers have promised their campaign will continue "until austerity is history."

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Greece Pledges New Proposal To Resolve Debt Crisis

People line up at an ATM outside a National Bank branch in Athens last month. Greek bank deposits fell by $6.3 billion in April and on Friday, people withdrew more than $1 billion in a single day.
Alkis Konstantinidis Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 11:37 am

A Greek minister is hinting that Athens will bring a new plan to the table at an emergency European Union summit next week to keep the country from defaulting on its sovereign debt and exiting the Eurozone.

"We will try to supplement our proposal so that we get closer to a solution," State Minister Alekos Flabouraris told Greek Mega television in a morning news show, according to Reuters. "We are not going there with the old proposal. Some work is being done to see where we can converge, so that we achieve a mutually beneficial solution."

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Bin Laden Son Asked U.S. For Father's Death Certificate, Wikileaks Says

An undated file picture shows Osama bin Laden. A new Wikileaks release purports to reveal that one of his sons requested a death certificate for the al-Qaida leader, who was killed in a U.S. military raid in 2011.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 11:40 am

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Four months after Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan, one of the al-Qaida leader's sons requested a death certificate for his father in a letter to the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia, according to documents released by Wikileaks.

It was not immediately known how Wikileaks obtained the documents, nor whether they are authentic.

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