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
8:44 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Fire In Dubai Skyscraper Forces Evacuation Of Residents

A fire blazes at "The Torch," a residential high-rise tower, in Dubai, on Saturday.
Reuters /Landov

A fire in one of the world's tallest residential skyscrapers in Dubai forced the evacuation of hundreds of people before it was safely extinguished with no deaths.

Local media reports that the blaze broke out in the 86-story Torch Tower at about 2:30 a.m. local time in the United Arab Emirates.

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7:21 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Defense Secretary Carter Hints At Slowing U.S. Exit From Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter (center left) is greeted with a military honor guard as he arrives to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.
Jonathan Ernst AP

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:51 pm

Newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, gave the strongest indication to date that the White House is considering slowing down its troop withdrawal timetable to accommodate security concerns.

Carter said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and President Obama would get a chance to discuss a possible "rethinking" of plans for the exit of the remaining 10,000 U.S. forces when Ghani visits Washington next month.

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5:22 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

For The Evolution Of Marine Creatures, Bigger Is Better, Study Says

A blue whale is seen in Timor waters in an undated photo. The marine mammal buttresses Cope's rule, the notion that over the course of evolution, most animals tend to get bigger.
Kiki Dethmers AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 11:02 pm

For more than 500 million years, sea creatures have been getting bigger — much bigger as it turns out, according to a study by scientists who say that the evolutionary trend toward larger body size fits with a 19th-century principle known as Cope's rule.

The rule, first posited in the late 1800s by Edward Drinker Cope, "states that evolution tends to increase body size over geologic time in a lineage of populations."

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3:24 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ukraine: Moscow Was Behind 2014 Deaths Of Protesters In Kiev

People pay their respects Friday in honor of the "Heavenly Hundred" who were killed a year ago on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.
Efrem Lukatsky AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 7:00 pm

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaking on the one-year anniversary of a bloody day of anti-government protests in Kiev that precipitated the ouster of his Moscow-backed predecessor, accuses Russia of having a direct role in the killing of dozens of activists.

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12:47 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Bitter Cold Spell Is One For The Record Books

Pedestrians brave the cold during their morning commute on Friday in New York. Arctic air and bitterly cold wind is moving across the Northeast, plunging temperatures into record-low single digits, accompanied by subzero wind chills.
John Minchillo AP

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10:29 am
Fri February 20, 2015

What Cease-Fire? Ukrainian Troops Retreat As Rebels Press Fight

Russia-backed rebels pose by a road sign at the entrance in Debaltseve, Ukraine, on Friday after their post-cease-fire seizure of the strategic town.
Vadim Ghirda AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 12:39 pm

Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists continued to shell government positions in the country's contested east despite a truce agreement that went into effect nearly a week ago.

Meanwhile, a British parliamentary report published today accuses Europe's leaders and diplomats of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin ahead of the crisis that has plunged Ukraine into turmoil and threatened to re-draw the post-Cold War map in the region.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Thailand Moves To Outlaw Surrogate Services To Foreigners

Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua poses last August with Gammy, then nine months old. The boy, who has Down Syndrome, was rejected by the Australian couple who contracted Pattaramon for the birth.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 12:31 pm

Thailand's parliament has given preliminary approval to a law that would make it illegal for women in the country to hire themselves out as surrogate mothers to would-be foreign parents. The legislation follows a series of high-profile scandals in the past year that have shed a negative light on the practice.

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8:06 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Twin Cyclones Slam Australia's North Coasts

The aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia in Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia, on Friday. The small town on the Capricorn Coast is bearing the brunt of the wild weather. Another cyclone has made landfall on the country's north coast.
Karin Calvert EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 12:11 pm

In what is being described as an unprecedented occurrence, Australia is getting slammed by two major cyclones at the same time.

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2:59 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Suspect In Foiled Canadian Mall Shooting Left Social Media Trail

Police say the Halifax Shopping Centre in Nova Scotia was the target of a thwarted attack.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 5:12 pm

The Canadian man who police say was involved in a foiled mass shooting plot reportedly expressed admiration for the 1999 Columbine High School massacre online.

Although police have yet to confirm his identity, Canadian media identifies the man as 19-year-old James Gamble. Police say he committed suicide as they closed in on him for allegedly planning attack at a shopping mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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2:31 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

ISIS Video Purports To Show Mass Beheading Of Coptic Christians

Egyptians protest on Friday what they characterize as Government inaction in reaction to the kidnapping of Copts in Libya, Cairo, on Friday.
Ahmed Masri/Almasry Alyou EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 10:08 pm

Updated at 11:10 p.m. ET

A video has emerged that purports to show militants of the self-declared Islamic State beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped last week in Libya.

Reuters reports: "In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded."

Reuters says a caption on the five-minute video reads: "The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church."

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10:14 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Commercial Drone Rules To Limit Their Weight, Speed And Altitude

Drones are displayed at an event with the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Coalition, last month. The FAA's proposed new rules for their commercial use require certified pilots to fly them and limit their speed, altitude and area of operation.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 2:59 pm

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

The Federal Aviation Administration has released long-awaited draft rules on the operation of pilotless drones, opening the nation's airspace to the commercial possibilities of the burgeoning technology, but not without restrictions.

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9:44 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Boehner Blames Democrats For Scuffle Over Homeland Security Funding

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday.
Molly Riley AP

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 12:06 pm

House Speaker John Boehner says he's prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security run out of money to push the Republican majority's efforts to reverse President Obama's immigration initiative.

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8:04 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Another Winter Storm Slams The Northeast

A woman walks with two dogs as snow falls on Boston Common in Boston, on Saturday.
Michael Dwyer AP

The fourth winter storm in the Northeast this year was adding to the 6 feet of snow already on the ground in some areas, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and near-white-out conditions.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference early today that snowfalls had already "significantly exceeded" expectations. Accumulation in the northern half of the state exceeded a foot in some places.

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7:24 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Sporadic Shelling Continues As Ukraine Truce Takes Effect

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride on a military vehicle not far from Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Sunday.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 7:46 am

The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine appears to be largely holding — at least for the moment, defying skepticism that the second truce in six-months between government forces and Russian-backed separatists might immediately collapse.

The cease-fire went into effect at midnight Sunday (Saturday at 5 p.m. ET).

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2:00 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

WATCH: The Sun Like You've Never Seen It

View of the Sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) NASA

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 3:11 pm

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which keeps a 24/7 vigil on the sun, just released this spectacular video composite to mark five years since the spacecraft was launched.

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11:07 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Attack On Copenhagen Cafe Apparently Aimed At Cartoonist

Damaged glass is seen at the site of a shooting in Copenhagen on Saturday. Shots were fired near a meeting in the Danish capital that was attended by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks.
Scanpix Denmark Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 10:20 pm

Updates at 11:15 p.m. ET: One shooting victim dies

The Associated Press is reporting that one of the three shooting victims outside of the Copenhagen synagogue has died.

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET: A second shooting in Copenhagen

Danish police say gunfire near a Copenhagen synagogue left one person shot in the head and two police officers injured, Reuters reports.

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10:01 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Canadian Police Say They've Foiled Would-Be Valentine's Day Massacre

A duplex where a 19-year-old man was found dead is shown in Timberlea, Nova Scotia, on Friday. Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they foiled a plot to commit a mass shooting.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 12:49 pm

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Police in Canada say they've foiled a Valentine's Day plot to carry out a mass shooting at a mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dan Karpenchuk, reporting from Toronto for NPR, reports that one person was found dead and three others taken into custody on Friday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in connection with the alleged plot, which authorities say was not related to Islamic terrorism. The suspects reportedly planned to kill as many people as possible before committing suicide.

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8:25 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Another Blizzard Curls In From The Northeast

In Boston, residents are bracing for another round of severe winter weather.
Bill Sikes AP

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 11:13 am

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

A winter storm that has already dumped up to 8 inches of snow in parts of Michigan is set to bring blizzard conditions to much of the Northeast this weekend.

According to The Weather Channel, brutal winds, bitterly cold temperatures and lots of snow along the Eastern Seaboard from Long Island to Maine. New York and Philadelphia are among the cities under winter weather advisories.

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7:16 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Ukraine Truce Now In Effect. But Will It Hold?

A Ukrainian military convoy stops on the road between the towns of Debaltseve and Artemivsk, Ukraine, on Saturday, hours before a cease-fire agreement is set to go into effect.
Petr David Josek AP

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 6:18 pm

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET

Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists traded artillery fire today in the hours leading up to a cease-fire deal that went into effect at midnight (5 p.m. ET). A few seconds after the cease-fire officially began, Reuters reported, shelling abruptly stopped in the eastern city of Donetsk. A Russia Today correspondent in Donetsk called the region "eerily calm" after midnight.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Bill To Allow Execution By Firing Squad Advances In Utah

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:49 pm

Utah's GOP-controlled House of Representatives narrowly approved a proposal to bring back the state's use of firing squads for executions, but the measure faces an uncertain reception in the Senate.

The 39-34 vote Friday came as missing lawmakers were rounded up to break a deadlock. The firing squad was discontinued in 2004.

The Associated Press says leaders in the Republican-controlled Senate won't say whether they will support the measure and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, also a Republican, has not said if he will sign it.

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2:41 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Let Us Review North Korea's Glorious New Slogans!

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps as he reviews a mass military parade from a balcony in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2012.
Zhang Li AP

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 5:39 pm

The latest crop of North Korean slogans to mark the country's 70th anniversary has just been released. Stand back as they "cascade down and their sweet aroma [fills] the air":

-- Thoroughly get rid of abuse of authority and bureaucratism!

-- Let us raise a strong wind of studying the great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism!

-- Fire an opening salvo of an ideological campaign and make our fire concentrated, regular and accurate!

You get the idea.

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The Two-Way
10:24 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

Vint Cerf in a photo from last year. Cerf is warning of a possible "digital Dark Ages" if the world's data isn't permanently preserved.
Andre Penner AP

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 11:31 am

What happens when today's high-tech data storage systems become tomorrow's floppy discs?

Google Vice President Vint Cerf is concerned about the answer and its implications for preserving history. Speaking at an annual conference of top American scientists, Cerf described such a loss of important information as a possible "digital Dark Ages."

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8:27 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Boko Haram Ventures Out Of Nigeria, Hitting Village In Chad

An armored vehicle used by Boko Haram militants captured by the Nigerian military in Maiduguri, Borno state, late last month. The extremist group appears to be expanding its operations into neighboring countries in an effort to establish an independent Islamic state.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 9:54 am

Suspected Boko Haram militants have conducted their first-ever raid in Chad, attacking a village just across the border from the extremist group's stronghold in northeast Nigeria.

Reuters says the assault took place about 12 miles east of the border at the village of Ngouboua inside Chad, which, like Nigeria, is a Muslim-majority country with a substantial Christian minority.

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The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Space Station Astronauts In Star Wars-Themed Crew Pic

Expedition 45 poses for a Star Wars themed portrait
NASA

Something's definitely going on at NASA. We're thinking someone in the public relations department is trying to blow the dust off the space agency's ever-serious image.

First there was the photo below, deemed by almost anyone with a pulse as unquestionably the best astronaut portrait ever:

And now, the Expedition 45 crew, scheduled to go to the International Space Station in September, is having fun with Jedi robes and light sabers:

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2:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Tussle Over Electric Bill Plunges New York Mall Into The Dark

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 4:26 pm

In perhaps a further sign of the decline of the American shopping mall, the lights suddenly flickered out today in the Rotterdam Mall in upstate New York after the electric utility cut power for non-payment.

In a statement issued by National Grid, the utility said it "has been working with the owners of the Rotterdam [Square] Mall for several months to set up a payment plan that would benefit both the mall and National Grid.

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12:29 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Nicaragua's New Canal Could Be Environmental Disaster, Report Says

Residents shout slogans during a protest march against the construction of the planned interoceanic canal, in San Jorge, Nicaragua, in October.
Esteban Felix AP

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 1:05 pm

Scientists are warning that construction of a $50-billion interoceanic shipping canal through Nicaragua could spell an environmental disaster, threatening nearly two-dozen endangered species and jeopardizing Central America's largest source of drinking water.

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10:17 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Couples Who Choose Not To Have Children Are 'Selfish,' Pope Says

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Wednesday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 1:05 pm

Pope Francis said that couples who opt not to have children are being "selfish" as he spoke of a "greedy generation" that's choosing not to procreate. The pontiff's remarks come just weeks after he seemed to send a contradictory message, telling Catholics that they don't need to breed "like rabbits."

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9:27 am
Thu February 12, 2015

U.N. Calls On EU To Expand Rescue Of Migrants In Mediterranean

Migrants who survived a shipwreck are escorted as they arrive at the Lampedusa harbor on Wednesday. Some 300 others drowned in the latest such disaster triggered by people fleeing conflicts in North Africa.
Antonio Parrinello Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 11:19 am

Days after some 300 would-be migrants from North Africa drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as they were trying to reach Italy, the United Nations is calling on the European Union to establish a broader search-and-rescue effort to avoid future tragedies.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres reiterated a call for the EU to expand its current operation, known as Triton, to locate and rescue would-be illegal migrants from Africa.

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7:56 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Egyptian Judge Grants Bail To Al-Jazeera English Journalists

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 8:24 am

Two Al-Jazeera English journalists awaiting retrial in Egypt on charges they aided the banned Muslim Brotherhood, have been released on bail amid expectations that one of them, a Canadian, might soon be deported.

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1:59 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch ... Soon

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for a sunset launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday. It will be carrying aloft the DSCOVR satellite.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Sun February 8, 2015 5:36 pm

Update 6:10 p.m. ET Launch Scrubbed

At t-minus 2 minutes and 26 seconds to launch, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was scrubbed due to an issue with the system used to track the rocket. The team will review the issue and calculate the next available launch window in order to reschedule.

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