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.

Pages

The Two-Way
5:36 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Charges Recommended For Cleveland Officers Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:09 am

A judge ruled today that there's enough evidence to charge two Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed in November while holding a replica gun outside a recreation center.

As The Associated Press notes, the decision is largely symbolic, because Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine "cannot compel prosecutors to charge the officers."

Read more
The Two-Way
5:16 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Twitter CEO Stepping Down After Disappointing First Quarter

Twitter's Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo gives a speech in 2012 in Cannes, France. The social media company says Costolo will step down as CEO effective July 1.
Lionel Cironneau AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:24 pm

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will step down and the social media powerhouse's co-founder and Chairman of the Board Jack Dorsey will take over as interim head, the company says.

Read more
The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Rupert Murdoch Poised To Step Down As CEO Of 21st Century Fox

Rupert Murdoch (center) and his sons Lachlan (left) and James (right) are seen in a combination of file photos. Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp. and the Fox media empire, says he will hand over the reins of the company.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:41 pm

Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year-old Australian-born media baron, says he will step down as head of the global media empire 21st Century Fox, handing the reins to his son James.

A source has confirmed to NPR's David Folkenflik that James Murdoch would become head of the company. The elder Murdoch will become co-executive chairman with another son, Lachlan.

Read more
The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Trio Of Astronauts Return To Earth After Record-Breaking ISS Mission

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy checks her Sokol pressure suit aboard the International Space Station. Cristoforetti, who set an endurance record, is among three astronauts who returned on Thursday.
ESA/LANDOV

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 11:45 am

Three astronauts are safely on the ground in Kazakhstan after their Soyuz capsule re-entered at the end of a record-breaking mission aboard the International Space Station. Their return to Earth was delayed by the loss of a Russian resupply ship.

NASA's Terry Virts, Italian Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Russian Anton Shkaplerov were back on terra firma after 199 days in space. Cristoforetti's stay on the ISS broke an endurance record for a female astronaut.

Read more
The Two-Way
8:39 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Authorities Beef Up Search For Killers Who Escaped From New York Prison

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 11:55 am

A massive manhunt for two killers who escaped from a prison in upstate New York has expanded to Vermont, where authorities learned the inmates talked of going before their jailbreak, but officials acknowledged that they have no firm leads.

David Sweat and Richard Matt, convicted murderers, made a complex and daring escape last weekend from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., and there has been no sign of them since.

Read more
The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Video Shows Texas Police Officer Pulling Gun On Teens At Pool Party

An officer from the McKinney, Police Department draws his weapon on teens at the pool.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 9:35 am

ADVISORY: This video contains profanity and violence.

Police responding to reported disturbance at a community pool in McKinney, Texas, are seen in a video posted to YouTube aggressively subduing black teenagers and, at one point, pulling a gun on them.

Read more
The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Turkey's Ruling Party Will Lose Its Majority, Preliminary Results Show

Supporters celebrate early election results outside the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters in Istanbul. The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has lost its majority according to preliminary results.
Murad Sezer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 3:16 pm

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

The ruling party of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who had parliamentary elections would deliver a super majority — looks like it will lose its majority altogether.

With roughly 97 percent of the votes counted, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, appears to have secured only about 260 seats in the 550-member Grand National Assembly.

Read more
The Two-Way
11:52 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Saudi High Court Upholds Blasphemy Sentence On Blogger

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison on a blogger who was found guilty of "insulting Islam though electronic channels."

Raif Badawi was arrested in 2012 for running the Liberal Saudi Network, which encouraged online debate of religious and political issues.

The sentence that was upheld today was harsher than the first he received. That one was overturned during a retrial, but was reinstated in May 2014, adding 400 more lashes, three more years in prison and an additional fine equivalent to $266,000.

Read more
The Two-Way
10:26 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Convicted Murderers Manage 'Extraordinary' Prison Break In New York

This photo provided by New York governor's office shows the area where two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes at a maximum-security prison in Dannemora, N.Y.
Darren McGee AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 10:20 am

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

In a prison-break likely to draw comparisons to the film The Shawshank Redemption, two convicted murderers have escaped from a maximum-security facility in upstate New York by cutting through steel walls, shimmying through a steam pipe and emerging from a manhole on the outside.

Inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border, early Saturday morning.

Read more
The Two-Way
9:14 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Obama At G-7: West Must Stand Up To 'Russian Aggression'

President Obama drinks a beer as he sits between men dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes during a visit to the village of Kruen, southern Germany, on Sunday, prior to the G-7 summit.
Markus Schreiber AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:54 am

President Obama, speaking at the G-7 Summit in Germany, urged Western leaders to stand up to "Russian aggression" in Ukraine and said that ties between Washington and Berlin amount to "one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known."

The discussion at the summit at the Bavarian village of Kruen, which also includes leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan, was likely to focus on the conflict in Ukraine and efforts to keep Greece from defaulting on its sovereign debt.

Read more
The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Putin To West: Russia Is No Threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting with foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow last week.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Straight from Russian President Vladimir Putin's mouth: "I would like to say — there's no need to be afraid of Russia."

Putin's comments to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera follow months of fighting in Ukraine between Kiev's forces and Russian-backed separatists that have reminded many of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union seemed perpetually on the verge of invading Western Europe and the forces of NATO were the only thing standing in the way.

Read more
The Two-Way
2:07 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Egyptian Court Rescinds Terrorist Label For Hamas

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 2:58 pm

A court in Egypt has overturned a ruling that named Hamas a terrorist organization. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has welcomed the move.

The decision by the Urgent Matters Appeals Court said the lower court had lacked jurisdiction.

The Associated Press quotes Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, as saying the latest court ruling would have "positive consequences on the relationship between Hamas and Egypt."

Read more
The Two-Way
11:32 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Beau Biden, Vice President's Son, Remembered In Delaware Service

Vice President Joe Biden arrives for funeral services for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, on Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 3:42 pm

Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET

Beau Biden, the eldest son of the vice president, a former Delaware attorney general and an Iraq War veteran, is being laid to rest today following his death a week ago from brain cancer. President Obama called him "an original" and talked of the husband, father and "the rare politician who collected more fans than foes."

Read more
The Two-Way
8:59 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Saudis Shoot Down Scud Missile Fired By Houthi Rebels In Yemen

A man walks by a workshop damaged by an air strike on a nearby Scud missile base in Yemen's capital Sanaa in April.
Khaled Abdullah Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 1:12 pm

Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired by Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen that was targeted at one of the kingdom's largest air bases.

NPR's Deborah Amos, reporting from Riyadh, said the Cold War-era Scud was taken down by the U.S.-supplied Patriot missile defense system.

The thwarted rebel attack comes after three Saudi soldiers and a border guard were killed in an earlier border skirmish, she says.

Read more
The Two-Way
8:28 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Official Death Toll In China's 'Eastern Star' Disaster Rises To Nearly 400

Rescuers work in the hull of the upright ship Eastern Star to launch rescue work in the section of Jianli on the Yangtze River, central China's Hubei Province, on Saturday.
Bai Yu Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 1:10 pm

The death toll in the capsizing of a cruise ship in China's Yangtze River has risen to just under 400, making it the deadliest maritime disaster in seven decades in the country.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency says hundreds more bodies have been recovered since the overturned Eastern Star was righted on Friday, bringing the total confirmed dead to 396. Among the newly recovered bodies was that of a 3-year-old girl.

Read more

Pages