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
2:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidate Alleges Vote Fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. Abdullah has accused his opponent of election fraud.
Massoud Hossaini AP

Although the results of Afghanistan's elections aren't due until next month, already one of the two presidential candidates is calling foul.

Abdullah Abdullah says the vote counting must stop immediately because the head electoral official has allowed fraud and must be suspended.

He says election monitors from his campaign witnessed massive ballot-box stuffing and other irregularities that could throw the June 14 election to his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

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2:20 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85

American jazz pianist Horace Silver performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1988.
Frans Schellekens Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:43 pm

This post was updated at 5:40 p.m. ET.

Pianist and composer Horace Silver, who created a rhythmic jazz known as "hard bop" that combined R&B and gospel to go along with his eclectic style of piano playing, has died at age 85, his son confirms.

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1:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Fed Slows Pace Of Bond Buying, Keeps Rates Steady — For Now

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, on Wednesday. The Fed announced that it was cutting back on bond buying and would leave short-term rates unchanged.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:03 pm

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The Federal Reserve said today it will further curtail its bond purchases because of an improving U.S. job market, but it offered no hint as to when it might start raising short-term interest rates.

A statement from the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee said:

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Amazon Unleashes Fire Phone To Compete With Apple, Samsung

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Amazon Fire Phone on Wednesday, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:24 pm

This post updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

It's called the Fire Phone, and Amazon is hoping that its entry into the mobile arena will prove a hot seller that puts the iconic brand at everyone's fingertips.

CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the Fire Phone at an event Wednesday in Seattle.

In screen size, the Fire Phone's, which measures 4.7 inches diagonally, falls somewhere between the Apple iPhone and its larger competitor, the Samsung Galaxy.

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The Two-Way
5:12 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Explosion In Nigeria Hits Gathering Of World Cup Fans

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:13 pm

An explosion has rocked a northeastern Nigeria town where people had gathered to watch World Cup soccer on television, security officials say.

There were reports of casualties, but it was not immediately clear how many or whether anyone had been killed. Reuters quotes witnesses to the blast at the town of Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, as saying they saw several trucks carry bodies to a local hospital.

The BBC says:

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

SunTrust To Pay Nearly $1 Billion For Mortgage Practices

SunTrust has agreed to pay $968 million as part of a settlement with the government over charges that it failed to comply with standards required for federally backed mortgages.

The settlement between SunTrust Mortgage and the Justice Department and other agencies includes money for homeowners and a requirement that the company improve its procedures for mortgage loans and foreclosures.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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2:59 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Hubble To Search For Last Stop On Pluto Probe's Itinerary

Artist concept of New Horizons spacecraft. The Hubble Space Telescope is being pressed into service to help scientists look for a post-Pluto target for the space probe.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The Hubble Space Telescope is being pressed into service to search for a post-Pluto "icy body" as a last stop for NASA's New Horizons probe.

The Baltimore-based committee that metes out observing time for the HST announced today that it is allotting time to look for a suitable Kuiper Belt object for New Horizons to flyby after it passes close to Pluto in July 2015.

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1:12 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Pipeline Explosion In Ukraine Could Be 'Act Of Terrorism'

Fire from the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in Ukraine's Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhgorod in Poltava region, on Tuesday.
Ukrainian Ministry of Emergencies EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:35 pm

Ukraine says an explosion along the main pipeline that carries Russian natural gas across its soil to Europe is being treated as an "act of terrorism."

The explosion occurred just a day after Russia halted gas shipments to Ukraine in a dispute over payments.

The BBC says:

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Court Overturns Sharing Of FISA Surveillance With Defense Lawyers

A photo provided by the U.S. Marshal's office shows terrorism suspect Adel Daoud, of Hillside, Ill. Daoud, a 20-year-old U.S citizen, has denied government allegations that he accepted a phony car bomb from undercover FBI agents in 2012, parked it by a Chicago bar and pressed a trigger.
Uncredited AP

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a landmark order that required the government to share secret intelligence with defense lawyers.

NPR's Carrie Johnson reports that the three-judge panel in Chicago found that the Department of Justice had acted properly in the case, which involved 20-year-old Adel Daoud, who is accused of trying to set off a car bomb in Chicago in 2012.

His defense lawyers have demanded access to the government's secret wiretap applications, saying they needed to see the documents in order to guarantee a fair trial for their client.

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2:45 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

GM Recalls 3.2 Million More Cars For Faulty Ignition Switches

A 2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ is one of the vehicles on the latest recall list.
WIECK/GM AP

General Motors has announced the recall of 3.2 million more cars for faulty ignition switches. The latest recall is in addition to the 2.6 million cars that GM has already recalled for a similar problem.

"The safety recall follows a review of ignition issues following the recall in February of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars. GM is aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to this recall," GM said in a statement.

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2:06 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Finally! A Decent Espresso On The International Space Station

The new ISSpresso orbital espresso machine.
Argotec

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 9:31 am

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, during his stay on the International Space Station last year, said the one thing he missed was a real cup of espresso.

Engineers on the ground in Italy were way ahead of him.

They had already been hard at work solving the problems of zero-gravity espresso, and now they're ready to launch ISSpresso, "the first capsule-based espresso system able to work in the extreme conditions of space."

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

China Sentences 3 To Death For Tiananmen Attack

Police cars block off the roads leading into Tiananmen Square as smoke rises into the air after a vehicle crashed in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Oct. 28.
AFP/Getty Images

A Chinese court has sentenced three people to be executed for their roles in a deadly attack at Beijing's Tiananmen Gate in October in which an SUV plowed into a crowd of bystanders then crashed and burst into flames, killing five and wounding 40.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports that the three were sentencing in China's western Xinjiang region for leading a terrorist group and endangering public security.

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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Cliffhanger: Authorities Set Fire To House Teetering On The Brink

A house is deliberately set on fire Friday, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas.
Brandon Wade Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:02 pm

Robb and Jenyce Webb are definitely regretting the day they bought waterfront property on Lake Whitney.

They paid about $700,000 for an idyllic cliff-side home south of Fort Worth, Texas, two years ago, where they hoped to live out their retirement years. But sometime last year, their dreams began to (literally) crumble.

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The Two-Way
1:06 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Man Exonerated By DNA Faces New Murder Charge

An undated photo of Andre Davis provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections before his release in July 2012 on exculpatory DNA evidence. Davis is now facing a new murder charge.
Uncredited AP

A man who spent 32 years behind bars for rape and murder before DNA evidence exonerated him in 2012 is facing a new murder charge in Chicago for allegedly cutting a man's throat.

Andre Davis is being held without bond after being charged with murder and kidnapping in the death of Jamal Harmon, 19.

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12:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ukrainian Forces Reportedly Regain Control Of Mariupol

Local residents examine destroyed vehicles at the site of fighting after Ukrainian forces recaptured the city from pro-Russian separatists on Friday.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:07 pm

Ukraine government forces appear to have wrested the eastern city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists who captured key buildings in the Sea of Azov port last month.

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The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

More Brutal Killings Of Women In Northern India

Police investigate the crime scene, after a teenage girl was murdered and found hanging from a tree on Thursday in Moradabad, India.
Barcroft Media /Landov

Last month, we reported on the horrific story of two teenage sisters who were allegedly gang-raped and then murdered in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree.

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazil Wins World Cup Opener Against Croatia, 3-1

Marcelo (left) of Brazil and Ivan Perisic of Croatia in action during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday.
Sebastio Moreira EPA/Landov

Brazil stumbled early on, but came back to overpower rival Croatia in the group A preliminary round match in Sao Paulo at the opening of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

CBSSports.com says:

"The Brazilians surrendered an early own goal before Neymar answered with a first-half equalizer, and a dive in the box from striker Fred led to the go-ahead goal in the second half on a Neymar penalty kick.

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3:22 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Thai Junta To Foreign Journalists: 'Don't Call It A Coup'

Thai soldiers walk after being deployed to guard Bangkok's Victory Monument against anti-army protests, on Sunday. The ruling junta is now insisting that foreign journalists not call the military takeover a coup.
Wason Wanichakorn AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:46 pm

First it wasn't a coup. Then, it was.

Now, Thailand's ruling military junta tells foreign journalists that its May 22 toppling of an elected government was no coup after all.

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12:24 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

2 Weeks After Prisoner Exchange, Bergdahl Arrives In Texas

A video frame grab of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl released by the Voice of Jihad website shows the soldier during his captivity.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 2:25 am

This post was updated at 4:15 a.m. ET Friday:

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a flight from Ramstein Air Base in Germany, according to a Pentagon spokesman. He will receive medical treatment and will be reunited with his family.

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies At 91

Actress Ruby Dee and director Spike Lee attend a special 20th anniversary screening of Do the Right Thing, in New York, in 2009. Dee died Wednesday at age 91.
Peter Kramer AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 12:58 pm

Editors' Note: An earlier version of this post, as well as an accompanying breaking news alert, incorrectly stated that Ruby Dee had won an Oscar for her role in American Gangster. Dee was nominated for the award but did not win.

Ruby Dee, an actress and civil rights activist who built a career on stage and screen at a time when African-Americans had few such opportunities, has died at age 91.

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Emirates Nixes Order For 70 Airbus A350s

The Airbus A350-900 flies in the aerial display on the first day of the Singapore Air Show in February. Dubai-based Emirates Airlines announced Wednesday it was canceling an order for 70 of the planes.
Joseph Nair AP

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 5:30 pm

Emirates Airlines has backed out of a deal it signed seven years ago to buy 70 Airbus A350s, a major blow to the European plane-maker that could prove a windfall for Chicago-based Boeing.

The canceled order for 50 A350-900s and 20 of the larger A350-1000s, to be delivered in 2019, had been worth $16 billion at the time the deal was inked in 2007.

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The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

China Signals Heavier Hand On Dissent In Hong Kong

Protesters burn a mock "white paper" released by China's State Council on Tuesday, which says Beijing holds ultimate control over the former British colony.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 2:15 pm

Days after some 100,000 people marched in Hong Kong to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China has issued a policy paper making it clear that the former British colony's autonomy only goes so far.

The release of the 14,500-word "white paper" sparked protests on Wednesday in the territory, which has been known as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, or HKSAR, since it reverted to Beijing in 1997.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Oregon School Shooter Was 15-Year-Old Student, Police Say

Freshman Hailee Siebert, 15, cries on her mother's shoulder after a shooting on Tuesday at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. The gunman has been identified as 15-year-old student Jared Michael Padgett.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 6:05 pm

Police have identified the gunman who killed a student and wounded a teacher at an Oregon high school before fatally shooting himself Tuesday. Jared Michael Padgett, 15, was armed with an "AR-15-type" rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, a large knife and several magazines of ammunition, authorities say.

Tuesday's shooting took place in a gym that was detached from the main building at Reynolds High School in the Portland suburb of Troutdale.

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The Two-Way
4:54 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Anchor Recovered In Puget Sound May Have Been Lost In 1792

A screen grab from The Seattle Times shows the anchor beofre it was hoisted from the bottom of Puget Sound.
The Seattle Times

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 5:52 pm

More than two centuries after one of the ships in British Capt. George Vancouver's flotilla lost an anchor in Puget Sound, a group of amateur divers are convinced the object they've brought to the surface is the very same.

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1:47 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Rescue Of German Cave Researcher Could Take Days, Officials Say

A helicopter lands at the bottom of Hochthron mountain in the Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany, on Sunday, where rescuers were trying to extract a trapped researcher.
aktivnews EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 6:36 pm

A four-person rescue team in the German Alps has reached a trapped cave researcher who was injured in a rock fall some three-quarters of a mile below ground. But figuring out how to move him is proving a challenge.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Japan Says It Wants To Resume Larger Annual Whale Hunt

The Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru leaves Shimonoseki port in Yamaguchi Prefecture, southwestern Japan, last month. Japan's prime minister says he wants to expand whaling operations after they were temporarily scaled back.
Kyodo/Landov

Japan, which earlier this year said it would scale back what it has described as "research whaling," is signaling that it wants to go back to a larger hunt.

"I want to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling by conducting whaling research," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Japan, which is a signatory to a 1986 International Whaling Commission moratorium, has nonetheless continued to hunt cetaceans using a loophole in the ban that allows taking some whales for scientific purposes.

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Beijing Denounces Vietnam, Philippines 'Farce' On Disputed Islands

A Vietnamese boat nearly under water is being towed after it was reportedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, late last month.
Reuters/Landov

China is calling a friendly get-together between soldiers of Vietnam and the Philippines on islands in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing "a clumsy farce," demanding that the two countries cease-and-desist.

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2:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Human Or Machine? AI Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'

A computer program masquerading as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy has reached a technological and philosophical threshold by passing the so-called Turing Test: it fooled a third of its human interlocutors into believing they were conversing with a real person instead of a machine.

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5:26 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Armed Man Killed In Attack On Atlanta Courthouse

A photo released by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office shows Dennis Marx, who was shot and killed on Friday after wounding a deputy outside the courthouse in Cumming, Ga.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:43 pm

A man armed with an assault rifle, several hand grenades, smoke bombs and tear gas opened fire on an Atlanta courthouse, where he was scheduled to plead guilty on drug charges Friday. The assault sparked a gunbattle with police that left the assailant dead and a deputy wounded.

The three-minute shootout ended in the death of Denis Marx, 48, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper, who says the suspect had a history with the department, including at least two arrests on drug charges.

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The Two-Way
4:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

GM Recalls 105,000 More Vehicles

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is among the vehicles being recalled.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:59 pm

A day after General Motors admitted it failed customers who owned cars with a defective ignition switch, the automaker issued a recall for 105,000 more vehicles, bringing the total number of GM recalls so far this year to 34, involving 14 million vehicles, Michigan Public Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.

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