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
7:47 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Palestinian Nuns Among Latest Saints Declared By Pope Francis

Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonization ceremony for four nuns, including two Palestinians, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Sunday.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 11:58 am

Two nuns from 19th-century Palestine are now saints after being canonized by Pope Francis, in a move seen as aimed at encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing persecution by Islamist extremists.

According to The Associated Press:

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Burundi's President Makes First Public Appearance Since Coup Attempt

President Pierre Nkurunziza makes a brief statement at the presidential palace in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Sunday. In his first appearance since a failed coup against his government, Nkurunziza, didn't mention the unrest.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 11:48 am

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose government survived a coup attempt last week, has made his first appearance in the capital since the unsuccessful attempt to oust him, warning of the threat from the extremist al-Shabab movement in Somalia.

According to AP:

"Nkurunziza made a brief statement to journalists in the foyer of his heavily guarded presidential offices in Bujumbura Sunday morning. He did not mention the failed coup plot against him or the protests that have rocked Burundi for weeks over his bid for a third term in office."

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6:36 am
Sun May 17, 2015

WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

A tornado in Elmer, Okla., on Saturday.
TVNWeather.com YouTube

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 11:21 am

Tornadoes in western Oklahoma damaged homes, brought down power lines and otherwise caused havoc Saturday evening, but no casualties have been reported.

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5:52 am
Sun May 17, 2015

4 ISIS Leaders Reportedly Among 32 Killed In U.S. Raid, Airstrikes

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 11:44 am

At least four leaders of the self-declared Islamic State, including Abu Sayyaf, were among 32 members of the extremist group killed in airstrikes and a U.S. Special Forces raid inside Syria, according to U.K.-based monitors.

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Kerry Meets With China's Foreign Minister Over Disputed Islands

A photo taken days ago shows alleged on-going reclamation by China of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Ritchie B. Tongo AP

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 4:48 pm

China's foreign minister today reasserted Beijing's claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, dismissing a push by his counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, to pursue a diplomatic solution to tensions.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn, reporting from Beijing, says Kerry called for China to halt the building of military outposts on the islands and instead focus on reaching an agreement about the area with its Southeast Asian neighbors.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Sat May 16, 2015

8 Bodies Recovered From U.S. Helicopter Crash Site In Nepal

Nepali army soldiers prepare for a rescue mission to the downed U.S. helicopter on Friday. Officials say the remains of all eight aboard the Huey UH-1 have been recovered.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, says the remains of all eight people aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter that went down in Nepal east of the capital, Kathmandu, have been recovered.

"Nepali special forces along with U.S. Marines and Air Force personnel were inserted into the crash site early Saturday. The Joint Task Force coordinating the U.S. military's disaster relief in Nepal said they are investigation why the [UH-1 ] Huey helicopter went down."

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The Two-Way
9:54 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Unmanned Russian Rocket Burns Up Carrying Mexican Satellite

A Proton-M rocket shown in 2013. The same type of rocket malfunctioned in mid-flight on Saturday and crashed over Siberia carrying a Mexican communications satellite.
PHOTO ITAR-TASS ITAR-TASS/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:56 am

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a Mexican telecommunications satellite experienced a malfunction minutes after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and subsequently burned up over eastern Siberia, the Russian space agency says.

According to Russian news agencies, the rocket crashed about eight minutes after launch in the sparsely populated Chita region of Siberia.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Amtrak Ordered To Take Steps To Improve Safety

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, on Wednesday. The FBI is now looking into the possibility that the locomotive was struck by some sort of projectile.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 3:26 pm

Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET

The Federal Railroad Administration on Saturday issued a directive to Amtrak aimed at improving safety in the wake of the derailment of a passenger train in Philadelphia this week that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

"We are continuing to work with the [National Transportation Safety Board] to understand exactly what happened on Tuesday so we can prevent this type of devastating accident from ever happening again," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement released Saturday.

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5:49 am
Sat May 16, 2015

U.S. Troops Kill Senior ISIS Commander In Syria

Map of Syria/Iraq.
Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:42 am

Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET

A senior leader of the self-declared Islamic State has been killed by U.S. special forces during a raid against the terrorist network in Syria, the National Security Council says.

"Last night, at the President's direction, U.S. personnel based out of Iraq conducted an operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria to capture an ISIL senior leader known as Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf. During the course of the operation, Abu Sayyaf was killed when he engaged U.S. forces," NSC spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said.

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5:30 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Egyptian Court Hands Morsi A Death Sentence

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's third-highest ranking member and a main financier of the banned movement, Khayrat al-Shater (second from left), and other defendants flash the four-finger salute during their trial in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday. Ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who was among them, received the death penalty.
Khaled Elfiqi EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:41 am

Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to death on charges of breaking out of prison during the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.

The sentence, handed down by an Egyptian court today, was broadcast on state television and comes as Morsi is already serving a 20-year term on charges relating to the killing of protesters in Cairo in 2012.

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Be Gone Within Years, NASA Says

A 2008 view of the leading edge of the Larsen B ice shelf, extending into the northwest part of the Weddell Sea. Huge, floating ice shelves that line the Antarctic coast help hold back sheets of ice that cover land.
Mariano Caravaca Reuters/Landov

In 2002, NASA released dramatic images that showed a portion of Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf collapse and disappear. Now, the space agency says what's left of the massive feature will be gone before the end of the decade.

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11:50 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Why No One Wants The Rohingyas

Newly arrived Rohingya migrants gather at Kuala Langsa Port in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Friday after coming ashore. Most such migrants have been prevented from making port in Southeast Asia.
Binsar Bakkara AP

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 1:47 pm

The spectacle of thousands of desperate Rohingya Muslim "boat people" being denied landfall in Southeast Asia has laid bare the region's religious and ethnic prejudices as well as its fears of being swamped by an influx of migrants.

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The Two-Way
5:48 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Coup Leaders Arrested In Burundi As Uprising Is Quashed

Police forces patrol on a deserted major road in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, on Thursday following a failed coup.
Erik Esbjornsson AP

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 10:14 am

Three leaders of a failed coup in Burundi have been arrested, but the public face of the putsch is reportedly still on the run as President Pierre Nkurunziza seeks to reassert his authority over his fractured central African country.

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Calif. Moves Closer To Banning Vaccine 'Personal Belief' Exemptions

A photo from April shows protesters in Sacramento, Calif., rallying against a bill that would require all school-age children to be vaccinated. The state Senate just passed the measure.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

California's state Senate has passed a bill to eliminate "personal belief exemptions" that currently allow parents to opt out of having their school-age children vaccinated.

SB 277, sponsored by Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica, passed 25 to 10 and now advances to the Assembly.

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11:41 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Greece Says It Won't Take U.K. To Court For Return Of Elgin Marbles

The headless, reclining sculpture of the river god Ilissos is on display at the State Hermitage Museum as part of its 250th anniversary celebration in St. Petersburg in December. The sculpture, taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago, was on loan to Russia from the British Museum.
Grigory Dukor Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 9:42 am

Greece has backed off a threat to sue the United Kingdom for the return of the Elgin Marbles, a set of sculptures dating to 400 B.C. that were removed from the Parthenon 200 years ago and have been in the British Museum ever since.

Greece's Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis said Athens would pursue the matter through "diplomatic and political" channels rather than take it to the International Court of Justice.

"One cannot go to court over whatever issue. Besides, in international courts the outcome is uncertain," Xydakis told the country's Mega TV.

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9:40 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Why Do Most Galaxies Die? It's A Case Of Strangulation, Scientists Say

The view of the universe known as the Hubble Deep Field, presented in 1996, shows classical spiral and elliptical shaped galaxies, as well as a variety of other galaxy shapes.
NASA AP

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:09 pm

Scientists think they may finally be resolving a decades-old cold case as to what is killing galaxies: They're being strangled.

Astronomers have long known that galaxies fall into two main categories — those that spawn new stars (like our own Milky Way) and those that don't.

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Burundi's Army Chief Says Coup Attempt Failed

Men run for cover after they hear gunfire in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Thursday, a day after an army general declared he'd toppled the country's president in a coup.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 10:42 am

A day after a general in Burundi announced a coup, the country's army chief says the putsch failed amid a split in the military, as sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard in the capital of the central African nation.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Hundreds Of Rohingya Refugees Rescued At Sea After Fleeing Myanmar

Rohingya refugees sit on a plastic sheet at Matang Raya village, Baktya district in Aceh Utara, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Sunday. Nearly 600 migrants thought to be Rohingya refugees from Myanmar were rescued from two wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia's northern Aceh province, authorities said.
Reuters/Landov

Boats carrying hundreds of refugees, mainly from Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, have been rescued off Indonesia's Aceh province. Many require medical help, The Associated Press reports.

"We received a report from fishermen this morning that there were boat people stranded," Aceh provincial rescue chief Budiawan told Agence France-Presse news agency on Sunday. "We dispatched teams there and evacuated 469 migrants who are Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshis. So far, all of them are safe," he added.

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The Two-Way
10:24 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Raul Castro Says Pope Inspiring Him To Return To Church

Pope Francis talks with Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican on Sunday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 12:14 pm

Cuban leader Raul Castro, on a visit to the Vatican, where he thanked the pope for helping broker a thaw in relations between Havana and Washington, said he was so impressed with the pontiff that he might return to Catholicism, the faith he grew up in.

"I will resume praying and turn to the Church again if the Pope continues in this vein," Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, told reporters, adding, "I mean what I say."

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7:59 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Yemen's Houthis Agree To 5-Day Cease-Fire To Allow Humanitarian Aid

Gunmen loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, stand amid the ruin of Saleh's residence following an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led alliance in the capital, Sana, on Sunday.
Yahya Arhab EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 11:52 am

Yemen's Houthi rebels have agreed to a five-day cease-fire proposed by Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

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