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
4:17 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg Will Be NATO's Next Secretary-General

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg pauses during an address to the media in Oslo on Friday, after NATO ambassadors chose him to be the next head of the alliance.
NTB Scanpix Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:29 pm

Jens Stoltenberg, a former prime minister of Norway, has been appointed to succeed Anders Fogh Rasmussen as NATO secretary-general, a post he will assume in October.

In an address in Oslo after he was selected by NATO ambassadors, Stoltenberg on Friday called the crisis over Ukraine "a brutal reminder of how important NATO is.

"I want to express my support that NATO does not accept the changing of borders by force within Europe," he said. "NATO has once again proven its relevance."

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3:21 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

U.N. General Assembly: 'No Validity' For Crimea Referendum

A screen shows the vote of delegates in the General Assembly on a draft resolution on Ukraine at U.N. headquarters in New York on Thursday.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 5:06 pm

The U.N. General Assembly has approved a strong rebuke of Moscow, calling the referendum leading to the annexation of Crimea illegal by a substantial margin of members voting, despite Russia's lobbying against the resolution.

The "Draft Resolution on Territorial Integrity of Ukraine" passed with 100 countries voting for it, 11 opposed, 58 abstentions. Two dozen countries did not vote either because their representatives were not present or their dues to the world body had lapsed.

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2:25 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

9 Missile Commanders Fired, Others Disciplined In Air Force Scandal

A mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
Robert Burns AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:16 pm

The Air Force has announced the firing of nine midlevel nuclear missile commanders and the disciplining of dozens of junior officers involved in cheating on ICBM proficiency exams.

The measures come after an extensive investigation into a string of security lapses and failed safety inspections at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., where the cheating occurred.

The Associated Press reports:

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12:42 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

James Schlesinger, Who Held Cabinet Posts And Led CIA For 17 Weeks, Dies

Former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in December, 2006.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

James R. Schlesinger, who served three presidents from both parties in top Cabinet-level posts, has died at the age of 85. The Washington Post says he died Thursday at a hospital in Baltimore of complications from pneumonia.

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12:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Congress Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions On Russia

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:03 pm

The House and Senate approved $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine and sanctions on Moscow for Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Thursday's voice vote in the Senate and a 399-19 vote in the House for a different version of the bill came just hours after the International Monetary Fund pledged $18 billion in assistance for the former Soviet satellite.

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11:12 am
Thu March 27, 2014

After Blocking Twitter, Turkey Moves To Stop YouTube

A man tries to get connected to YouTube with his tablet at a cafe in Istanbul on Thursday.
Osman Orsal Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:50 pm

Authorities in Turkey are reportedly going ahead with a ban on access to YouTube days after a similar move in the country to block Twitter.

The Turkish telecommunications authority TIB is quoted in Turkish state media as saying it has taken an "administrative measure" against YouTube.

The news follows earlier reports that a recording, allegedly of a meeting among top Turkish officials discussing military intervention in Syria, was posted on YouTube.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday lashed out against the post:

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The Two-Way
10:24 am
Thu March 27, 2014

German Man To Return Paintings From Cache Of Nazi-Looted Art

An obituary card with a portrait of German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt (1895-1956), the father of Cornelius Gurlitt, in a folder at the municipal archive in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Rolf Vennenbernd EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 7:38 am

A German man who for years had hidden away art plundered by the Nazis during World War II has agreed to return the valuable works to their Jewish owners or their descendants, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Cornelius Gurlitt will start with returning Matisse's Seated Woman/Woman Sitting in Armchair to the descendants of Paul Rosenberg, who was a French art dealer whose descendants recognized the painting when details of the stash were made public in November.

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2:59 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Egypt's Defense Minister Says He Will Run For President

Egypt's defense minister, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (center), attends a gala event at the Cairo Opera House earlier this month.
Ahmed Omar AP

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:57 pm

The head of the Egyptian military, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, says that he has resigned as defense minister and will run for president in elections expected in July.

He made the announcement in a nationally televised speech.

The Associated Press reports:

"Wearing military fatigues, he said it was the last time he would wear it and that "I give up the uniform to defend the nation" and run in elections expected next month.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Convicted Of Conspiring To Kill Americans

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appears in this still image taken from an undated video address for al-Qaida.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:58 pm

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was found guilty Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans by serving as a spokesman for al-Qaida following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The verdict in Manhattan federal court ended a three-week trial in which Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, was portrayed as a reluctant operative who had no prior knowledge of the attacks.

The Kuwait-born Abu Ghaith, a onetime imam, faces life in prison.

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10:03 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Sailor Fatally Shot Aboard U.S. Navy Destroyer At Va. Base

A 2004 photo of the USS Mahan, a guided missile destroyer, as it moves up the Hudson River in New York.
Ed Bailey AP

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:23 am

A sailor was fatally shot aboard a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer docked in the nation's largest naval base late Monday. Naval security forces then killed the civilian suspect.

A statement issued by the U.S. Naval Station Norfolk said the incident occurred about 11:20 p.m. aboard the USS Mahan (DDG 72).

"Naval Station Norfolk was briefly put on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown lasted approximately 45 minutes," the statement said. "No other injuries have been reported."

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8:42 am
Tue March 25, 2014

More Bodies Recovered From Washington State Mudslide

The massive mudslide that killed more than a dozen people is shown in this aerial photo taken Monday near Arlington, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:10 pm

Updated at 9:55 p.m. EDT

Emergency workers recovered two more bodies in the search for survivors after the massive slide near Oso, Wash., bringing the official death toll to 16.

Up to eight more fatalities have been located but not recovered, which would put the total at 24, said Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots at a press conference Tuesday evening.

"We have found no signs of life," Hots said. "That's the disappointing part."

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7:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Obama: Russia Making 'Series Of Calculations' After Crimea

President Obama, accompanied by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaks during their joint news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Tuesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 1:27 pm

(This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. ET.)

President Obama on Tuesday said that he believed that Russia was "still making a series of calculations" regarding any further moves after its annexation of Crimea, but that there was no expectation of dislodging it by force from the Black Sea peninsula.

"What we can bring to bear are the legal arguments, the diplomatic arguments," he said at a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte following a nuclear security summit in The Hague.

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6:20 am
Tue March 25, 2014

White House To Propose Halting NSA Bulk Collection Of Phone Data

The sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 2:42 pm

President Obama is preparing to announce a plan to scrap the government's systematic collection of bulk phone records as part of a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's controversial electronic surveillance activities.

The New York Times, quoting senior administration officials, reports:

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5:54 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Bad Weather Suspends Search For Flight 370 In Indian Ocean

Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tearfully shouted slogans during a protest Tuesday in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing.
Kim Kyung-hoon Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 8:59 am

Angry relatives of passengers aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vented their anger at Malaysian officials Tuesday as rough weather in the southern Indian Ocean temporarily halted the search for wreckage from the airliner.

The BBC reports:

"In Beijing, relatives of passengers on board the plane released a statement accusing the Malaysian government of trying to 'delay, distort and hide the truth.'

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10:37 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Egyptian Court Sentences More Than 500 Morsi Supporters To Die

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the killing of a police officer last year.
Mohammed Bendari APA Images/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:30 am

An Egyptian court has sentenced to death hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi after a mass trial on charges related to an attack that killed a policeman.

The verdicts and sentencing came of the 529 people came after just two sessions of the court, sparking criticism from human rights activists.

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8:40 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Japan To Turn Over Nuclear Stockpile To U.S. For Safe Keeping

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves Tokyo's Haneda airport Sunday en route to a two-day nuclear security summit in The Hague, Netherlands.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:43 am

Japan has agreed to hand over to the U.S. a decades-old stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium that is said to be large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons.

The 700-pound cache, which had been maintained by Japan for research purposes, would be turned over to the U.S. for safe keeping, according to an agreement announced Monday at the G7 nuclear security summit in The Hague, Netherlands. It's part of an Obama administration push to prevent the nuclear material from being stolen by potential terrorists.

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7:23 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Train Derails At O'Hare, Injuring Dozens And Delaying Chicago Travelers

A derailed Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station early Monday, in Chicago.
Andrew Nelles AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:46 pm

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

More than 30 people were reportedly injured after a train on the Blue Line in Chicago derailed at O'Hare International Airport early Monday morning, jumping its track and careening into a platform.

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6:53 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Analysis Shows Flight 370 'Ended' In Indian Ocean, Malaysia Says

Relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 embrace each other in a Beijing hotel after learning of news today that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
Rolex Dela Pena EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 7:14 pm

This post was updated at 8:14 p.m. ET.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that new analysis of the flight path of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that it "ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

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6:17 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis

President Obama tours the Rijksmusuem with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) and others ahead of the G-7 summit in The Hague, Netherlands, which is certain to focus on the situation in Crimea.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:12 pm

Ukraine announced the pullout of its troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and took control of the military bases there. The decision comes as President Obama arrived in the Netherlands on Monday for a summit of the G-7 group of industrialized nations that is certain to focus on discussion of the international crisis.

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said Monday that the Defense Ministry has been ordered to redeploy Ukrainian servicemen from the Crimea to Ukraine's mainland, in remarks confirmed by his office.

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The Two-Way
5:32 am
Mon March 24, 2014

14 Known To Have Died, But Mudslide's Toll May Go Higher

A destroyed house sits in muddy debris near Oso, Wash., on Sunday. A rain-soaked hillside let loose a wall of mud Saturday, inundating neighborhoods along the Stillaguamish River's North Fork.
Lindsey Wasson AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:59 pm

This post was last updated at 7:52 p.m. ET.

Already sad news from a tiny community north of Seattle turned even more grim on Monday. Officials said that they had found six more bodies, bringing the death toll to 14.

What's most stunning, perhaps, is that officials expect that number to climb, because they have received reports of about 108 people still missing.

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The Two-Way
5:14 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Declined: Visa, MasterCard Freeze Out Targeted Russian Banks

A woman holds a portrait of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during celebrations on the main square of the Crimean city of Simferopol after in its official annexation on Friday.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

In what has likely come as a rude shock to some Russians, Visa and MasterCard have stopped processing payments at several of the country's banks as part of U.S. sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

The BBC reports that four banks have been affected, "all of which have links to Russians blacklisted by the U.S."

Russia's RIA Novostri reports:

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The Two-Way
4:53 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Gay-Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:48 pm

A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, making the state the latest to see such a prohibition overturned on constitutional grounds.

The Associated Press reports:

"[U.S. District] Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Friday, two weeks after a trial. Two Detroit-area nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

"It was not clear if gay marriages could begin immediately."

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2:28 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Former White House Official: Putin Wants 'New Russian Empire'

On Friday in Moscow Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a bill making Crimea and the city of Sevastopol part of Russia.
Sergei Chirikov/Pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:10 pm

The United States and Europe need to stand together against Moscow in the wake of its incursion in Crimea, keeping the door open for Ukraine and other countries to join NATO, former U.S. officials tell NPR.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Thai Court Throws Out Election, Thrusting Country Back Into Limbo

Crowds of people railed against the Thai Constitutional Court's ruling during a rally Friday in central Bangkok.
Athit Perawongmetha Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:37 pm

Thailand's Constitutional Court has voided results from last month's national election, which returned Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her party to power despite a boycott by the opposition.

The decision has thrown the country back into a state of political uncertainty and stoked fears of renewed violence between the premier's supporters and anti-government protesters.

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10:37 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Feathers Fly As Top Turkish Officials Square Off Over Twitter Ban

Dado Ruvic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:03 pm

A move by embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to shut down Twitter in Turkey looks to be backfiring. The hashtag #TwitterblockedinTurkey quickly spread upon news of the ban, and the country's own president tweeted his disdain.

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4:23 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Thrill-Seeking Teen Sneaks To Top Of 1 World Trade Center

A screen grab from an NBC New York video showing Casquejo leaving court on Thursday.
NBC New York

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 7:48 pm

A 16-year-old boy sneaked past security guards in the middle of the night and made his way to the top of Manhattan's 1 World Trade Center, where he

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Sub-Hunting Planes Use High-Tech Gear To Search For Flight 370

A P-8A Poseidon (top) and a P-3 Orion are shown flying off the coast of Maryland.
U.S. Navy

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:42 pm

Two of the most advanced maritime surveillance aircraft are being pressed into service to search for possible wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

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4:20 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Why Ukraine's Situation Makes Russia's Other Neighbors Nervous

A column of Russian troops prepares to leave the checkpoint at a bridge over the Inguri River in Western Georgia, in October 2008, after securing the secession of Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region.
Levan Gabechava Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 9:42 am

When Vladimir Putin announced the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea this week, he made it clear that the region's large Russian-speaking population made the move necessary and inevitable.

In fact, large populations of Russian speakers are common along the fringes of the old Soviet Union. Those groups are made up of a combination of indigenous people and Russians who migrated from the mother country, many as part of Soviet-era policies aimed at altering the ethnic makeup in potentially troublesome satellites.

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Al-Qaida Spokesman: I Warned Bin Laden That U.S. Would Kill Him

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appears in this still image taken from an undated video address. Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden's sons-in-law and a former spokesman for al-Qaeda, is on trial in New York.
Reuters/Landov

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, took the stand in his trial in New York on Wednesday, telling the jury that he warned the al-Qaida leader that America would "not settle until it kills you."

In the surprise testimony, Abu Ghaith recalled a conversation with bin Laden in a cave in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"Did you learn what happened? We are the ones who did it," Ghaith recalled, through an Arabic interpreter, his infamous father-in-law asking.

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9:54 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Britain Plans New 12-Sided £1 Coin To Combat Counterfeiting

The new 12-sided coin billed as the most secure ever. It is scheduled to be introduced in 2017.
Royal Mint

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 11:20 am

Hoping to foil counterfeiters, Britain's Royal Mint is planning to introduce a new £1 coin that's described as the most secure in the world.

As British Chancellor George Osborne explained to Parliament on Wednesday, "the £1 coin has become increasingly susceptible to forgery" — noting that 1 in 30 of the £1 coins currently in circulation are fakes. The BBC reports that an estimated 45 million forgeries are in circulation.

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