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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Afghanistan
11:35 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at the start of a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Friday. Kerry sought Friday to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates.
Jim Bourg AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:16 pm

This post updated at 3:15 p.m. ET.

Calling it a "critical moment" in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a partial recount in the country's presidential elections amid alleged vote fraud.

"We are in a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan," Kerry told reporters. "Legitimacy hangs in the balance. The future potential of the transition hangs in the balance. So we've a lot of work to do."

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

A photo released by the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal, shows Thai police officers examining the slain elephant.
AP

Poachers in Thailand killed a 50-year-old elephant who appeared in Oliver Stone's 2004 film Alexander before crudely hacking off the animal's giant tusks, according to The Bangkok Post.

The Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was used in scenes from the movie starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. The animal had also been part of ceremonial performances for Thailand's royal family.

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Friday. Steinmeier will meet Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend to discuss allegations of U.S. spying.
Michael Sohn AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:42 am

Germany's foreign minister said his government's decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave was inevitable given recent allegations of spying, but he said he wants to renew the friendship between the two countries based on an "honest foundation."

Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the decision to expel the U.S. intelligence official "is the right decision, a necessary step and a fitting reaction to the break of trust which has occurred."

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The Two-Way
6:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way'

George Carlin opens the 13th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colo., in 2007, a year before his death at age 71.
E. Pablo Kosmicki AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:41 am

The Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan, where iconoclastic comedian George Carlin once attended school and which he later ridiculed in some of his monologues, has a new street address: George Carlin Way.

The New York Times calls what's being described as a clerical error "an irony of Carlinesque proportions." The church fought a street named after the comedian since the idea was proposed three years ago.

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

No Charges For Police Who Killed Woman After D.C. Chase

Capitol Hill police officers look at a car belonging to Miriam Carey after she was shot and killed on Oct. 3 following a high-speed car chase that started near the White House.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:14 pm

The Justice Department has decided not to bring criminal charges against two police who shot and killed a woman after a wild car chase from the White House to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last fall.

The woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stanford, Conn., struck a security officer with her car near the White House on Oct. 3 before driving off at high speed. Carey's 1-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the incident but was unharmed.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Eileen Ford, Creator Of The Supermodel, Dies At 92

Eileen Ford with two of her famous models, Cheryl Tiegs (left) and Cristina Ferrare, in New York in 1983. Ford died on Wednesday at age 92.
Marty Lederhandler AP

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:58 pm

Eileen Ford, who is credited with inventing the modern modeling business and in the process launching the careers of supermodels such as Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley and Naomi Campbell, has died at 92.

A spokeswoman who handles public relations for Ford Models confirmed Wednesday's death, which follows a fall Ford took last week at her New York apartment.

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The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Jeans 'Designed' By Lions And Tigers To Benefit Japanese Zoo

Zoo Jeans being "designed" by a tiger.
Zoo Jeans

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:28 pm

At long last, the ultimate in that "distressed look" for jeans.

To help support the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, Japan, the Mineko Club of volunteer zoo boosters is holding an auction of three pairs of one-of-a-kind bluejeans designed by lions and tigers and, yes, bears too.

According to an English-language translation on the group's website, "Zoo Jeans are the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals."

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad

Gambling-control ad put out by Singapore.
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) - Singapore

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:23 pm

We bet that the folks in Singapore who produced this anti-gambling TV ad wish they could have a do-over:

The 30-second public service announcement features a group of boys talking about the World Cup. They each support a different team. Then the mood quickly turns as one boy says he hopes Germany wins because, "My dad bet all my savings on them."

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Results Of Indonesia's Presidential Election In Limbo

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (center) holds a news conference Thursday in Jakarta. "Quick counts" of the election results give Widodo a narrow lead over his rival.
Darren Whiteside Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 12:22 pm

As rival candidates both claim victory in Indonesia's presidential election, police have joined the country's outgoing leader in calling on supporters of the two camps not to celebrate the results until the political limbo is resolved.

While unofficial "quick counts," appear to give Jakarta's governor, Joko Widodo, a slim lead, former army Gen. Prabowo Subianto says some of the counts have him in the lead.

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Thu July 10, 2014

4 Children, 2 Adults Killed In Apparent Domestic Dispute In Texas

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:24 am

This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.

A man suspected in the shooting deaths of four children and two adults surrendered to police in a Houston suburb after a three-hour standoff Wednesday night.

The alleged gunman has been identified as Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who has been charged with multiple counts of capital murder.

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

California Highway Patrol Probing Videotaped Beating Of Woman

In this July 1 image from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman while punching her on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.
David Diaz AP

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:14 pm

The California Highway Patrol says it is investigating a video that shows an officer repeatedly punching a woman after trying to stop her from walking into traffic.

As Reuters notes: "The video, which was taken by a passing motorist, posted online and broadcast by local television stations, has caused an outcry from community activists who say the officer used excessive force in the arrest on Tuesday."

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Roger Federer in their men's singles finals tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:43 pm

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years in a hard-fought contest that went five sets, denying Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth title.

Djokovic took the trophy in a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory.

USA Today says:

"Djokovic was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set but Federer broke him twice and won the set forcing the match to go the distance.

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Separate Attacks In Uganda, Kenya Leave Dozens Dead

Armed police walk past a truck set on fire by attackers who raided Gamba police station at the Kenyan coast on Sunday.
Joseph Okanga Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:47 pm

This post was updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.

At least 17 people were killed in Uganda in an attack by armed gunmen on three police stations in an area of the country that had once been the focus of an Islamic insurgency.

Meanwhile, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for attacking on two coastal villages in Kenya that left at least 22 people dead. NPR's Gregory Warner, reporting from Nairobi, says the deaths in Kenya include one Russian tourist.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Report: Most NSA-Intercepted Data From 'Ordinary Internet Users'

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:50 pm

A Washington Post analysis of data provided by Edward Snowden has revealed that nine out of 10 communications intercepted by the National Security Agency were from ordinary Internet users, not legally targeted foreigners. But the examination also showed that officials gleaned valuable intelligence from the wide net the agency cast.

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Israel Arrests 6 Jewish Youths In Teen's Death

Suha Abu Khdeir, mother of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a U.S. citizen who goes to school in Tampa, Fla., shows a picture of her son sent from Israel after he was allegedly beaten by Israeli police.
Mahmoud Illean AP

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 8:19 pm

This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Israel has arrested six suspects in connection with last week's killing of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Meanwhile, an American cousin of the victim who was reportedly beaten by Israeli police has been sentenced to nine days home detention.

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The Two-Way
5:10 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

American Teen Visiting Israel Reportedly Beaten By Police

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 3:21 pm

The U.S. has confirmed that Tariq Khdeir, an American teenager, has been arrested by Israeli authorities and the State Department has expressed concern that he has been "severely beaten."

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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Shootout Victory Sends Netherlands To World Cup Semifinals

Netherlands' footballers celebrate after defeating Costa Rica during the penalty shootout after the extra time in the World Cup quarterfinal football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica on Saturday.
Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:39 pm

The semifinals of the World Cup have been decided. Saturday's winners, Netherlands and Argentina, will meet each other on the field in Sao Paulo on Wednesday for a shot at the title.

The other half of that final match will be decided when Germany plays Brazil on Tuesday.

Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

In a match-up where Costa Rica was labeled the underdog, they held their own against an aggressive Dutch team and brought the game to a penalty shootout.

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The Two-Way
1:44 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

WATCH: Hurricane Arthur From 30 Miles Out At Sea

Screen grab of video showing Hurricane Arthur passing by Frying Pan Tower, a bed and breakfast located 30 miles off the North Carolina coast.
YouTube

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 3:08 pm

Although Hurricane Arthur appears to have spared the U.S. East Coast any major damage, 100 mph winds are nothing to take lightly, especially 30 miles out to sea along the infamous Frying Pan Shoals south of Cape Hatteras.

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The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Palestinian Teen 'Burned Alive,' According To Official

Palestinians attend the funeral of 16-year-old teen Muhammed Abu Khdair, at the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, on Friday.
Atef Safadi EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 8:34 am

A preliminary autopsy of a teenage boy who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and murdered by Jewish extremists shows that he was burned alive, according to the Palestinian attorney general.

The New York Times, citing Mohammed Al A'wewy, says that soot was found in 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir's lungs, a sign that he was alive when his body was burned. However, the exact circumstances of his death are not yet known.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Philadelphia Row House Fire Kills 4 Children

A woman cries as she walks past Philadelphia firefighters working on burned row homes on Saturday.
Michael Perez AP

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 12:00 pm

A fire that swept through a stretch of Philadelphia row houses early today has killed four children in what the city's fire commissioner has described as a "tragic, tragic day."

The Associated Press reports that the fast-moving fire, which started just before 3 a.m. ET, consumed a row of two-story homes in a southwest Philadelphia neighborhood dominated by African immigrants, engulfing about 10 residences.

NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that a shelter has been set up at a nearby high school to accommodate about 40 residents who were forced to flee the three-alarm fire.

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Czech Petra Kvitova Wins Wimbledon Title

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 11:51 am

Czech Petra Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard in a lopsided victory to win a Grand Slam in the women's singles final at Wimbledon, besting her opponent 6-3 6-0.

The Associated Press says that in her match with Canadian Bouchard, Kvitova, who won the championship in 2011, "dominated play with her big serve, aggressive returns and flat groundstrokes."

The AP writes:

"The Czech player broke serve three times, including in the final game of the set, which lasted 32 minutes."

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Arthur Disrupts July 4th Festivities, But Does Little Damage

Katie Bender gets some assistance from Johanna Bender, left, as they dump water from a boot while sitting on a flooded street after Hurricane Arthur passed through in Manteo, N.C., on Friday.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 11:53 am

The headline in The Boston Globe sums it up: "Arthur douses, but does little damage."

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Indian Nurses Back Home After Being Trapped By Fighting In Iraq

An Indian nurse caught up in fighting in Iraq hugs her sister after arriving at the airport in the southern Indian city of Kochi on Saturday.
Sivaram V Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 7:21 am

More than 40 Indian nurses trapped since last month in the rebel-held city of Mosul have arrived back home.

According to The Associated Press, the Indian government organized an Air India plane to fly the nurses home from Irbil.

The AP says: "Outside the airport in Kochi [in India's southern state of Kerala], hundreds of friends and relatives of the women greeted them with hugs and flowers. The nurses all looked exhausted and emotional, with one hugging her young nephew tightly."

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Ukrainian Forces Retake Key Rebel Stronghold In East

A woman cries near her burning house after shelling in the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine, last month. The city of 100,000 has now been retaken from pro-Russian separatists.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 11:56 am

Ukrainian troops have retaken the key stronghold of Slovyansk from pro-Russian forces in a sign that Kiev may be regaining control over the country's east, months after insurgents swept through the region establishing a self-proclaimed independent republic.

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:54 pm

Atlanta-based SunTrust Mortgage Inc. has agreed to pay up to $320 million to resolve criminal allegations that it mishandled applications from homeowners seeking loan modifications under a federal program.

The deal with the Justice Department follows a similar settlement last month with SunTrust Mortgage over its mishandling of federally backed home loans.

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2:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye greet children waving the two countries' national flags at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Thursday. Xi has yet to visit North Korea.
Kim Hong-ji Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:12 pm

In a sign that China and South Korea are moving closer together, possibly at North Korea's expense, Beijing and Seoul have said they are close to a free-trade deal and issued a joint statement that they firmly oppose nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

The announcement on Thursday comes amid North Korean missile tests and a visit to South Korea by Chinese leader Xi Jinping that carries with it an implied snub to Pyongyang: It's his first visit to the Korean Peninsula and the first that a Chinese head of state has stopped in the South before visiting the North.

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11:51 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Woman Charged In Denver With Seeking To Aid Islamic Extremists

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 2:52 pm

A 19-year-old Denver-area woman has been charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization after she was arrested in April boarding a flight that would ultimately land her in Syria, where she hoped to wage jihad, according to newly unsealed court documents.

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9:54 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah last month. Saudi Arabia has reportedly moved 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 7:20 am

Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.

Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

According to Reuters:

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97

Louis Zamperini at a news conference in May in Pasadena, Calif. Zamperini, a onetime Olympic runner who in World War II survived a brutal internment in a Japanese POW camp, has died at 97.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:59 pm

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who later survived the brutality of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific, has died at age 97. Zamperini's life story was chronicled in the best-seller Unbroken, and a film based on the book is set to be released in December.

In a statement, his family said that Zamperini had "recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia.

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The Two-Way
6:56 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Ukraine Extends Cease-Fire With Pro-Russia Separatists

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 7:20 pm

The Ukraine government today extended a weeklong cease-fire with pro-Russia separatists for another three days.

The announcement on President Petro Poroshenko's website said that Ukraine forces would stand down for an additional 72 hours, until 10 p.m. Monday.

The Associated Press says:

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