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
4:35 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Vatican Committee Reportedly Declares Slain Archbishop A Martyr

Archbishop Oscar Romero offers the host wafer during Mass in San Salvador in January 1980, four months before he was assassinated.
COTERA AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:42 pm

An Italian newspaper reports that the Vatican's commission on sainthood has recognized the 1980 assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as martyrdom, paving the way for his eventual sainthood.

Romero was archbishop of San Salvador at the start of El Salvador's 1979-1992 civil war. He was gunned down while celebrating Mass in March 1980 after denouncing a crackdown on leftist opponents of the country's military government.

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The Two-Way
1:48 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Former Florida A&M Student Sentenced To 6 Years In Hazing Death

Dante Martin addresses the parents of Robert Champion on the witness stand on Friday. Martin was sentenced to six years in connection with the hazing death of Champion.
Red Huber AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:18 pm

A judge in Florida has sentenced former Florida A&M University student Dante Martin to six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the 2011 death of his fellow band member, drum major Robert Champion.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

British Imam Convicted In U.S. Of Terrorism Charges Gets Life

Abu Hamza al-Masri, also known as Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, at a 2002 fundamentalist Islamic conference in London, where he condemned what he called oppression of Muslims in the West. Masri was sentenced Friday in U.S. court to life in prison on terrorism-related charges.
Alistair Fuller AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 2:04 pm

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was convicted eight months ago of federal terrorism-related charges in New York, has been sentenced to life in prison.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Reports Of Boko Haram-Led Massacre In Captured Nigerian Town

A group of Nigerian traditional hunters and vigilantes gather on vehicles on their way to engage Boko Haram militants in Mubi from Yola, Adamawa State, in November. The hunters have being assisting the Nigerian military in their fight against the Islamic insurgents.
STR EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 5:48 pm

Updated at 12:40 p.m. ET

Boko Haram extremists, who seized a northern garrison town in Nigeria less than a week ago, have reportedly carried out a massacre of its inhabitants, with Amnesty International saying as many as 2,000 have been killed.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Sri Lanka's Longtime President Ousted In Election Defeat

Sri Lanka's incoming President Maithripala Sirisena waves to supporters as he leaves the election secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday. Sirisena defeated long-time President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Eranga Jayawardena AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 11:42 am

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who presided over the end of a prolonged and brutal civil war that divided the country for decades, has suffered a narrow election defeat at the hands of a former ally and Cabinet minister, Maithripala Sirisena.

Sirisena, who defected from the ruling party in November to challenge an increasingly unpopular Rajapaksa, won 51.2 percent of the vote in national elections in the island-nation.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Unemployment Dips To 5.6 Percent As Economy Adds 252K Jobs

Former student Nathaniel Simmons operates a crane during a day of training at Georgia College of Construction. The Department of Labor says construction was one of several sectors that showed job gains in December.
Branden Camp AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 9:29 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December, capping a 12-month stretch of job growth unmatched since 1999, according to the Labor Department. In a separate survey, the department says that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent the previous month.

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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Pentagon's Money-Saver: U.S. Troops To Leave 15 European Sites

An F-35 fighter taxis at Edwards Air Force base, in 2012. The cutbacks in U.K. will be offset by new forces needed for the aircrafts' deployment to RAF Lakenhealth.
Darin Russell AP

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 4:35 pm

The Pentagon announced a plan on Thursday to save a half-billion dollars annually in a major scaling back of the U.S. military presence in Europe — including a withdrawal from an airbase in the U.K. and handing back 14 other sites to NATO allies.

It also said that its presence at one British airbase would be beefed up as part of a planned deployment of the F-35 fighter aircraft.

The U.S. has more than 60,000 troops stationed primarily in Britain, Germany and Italy. The changes would affect mainly the Army and Air Force.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

When You Gotta Go: Manila Police Asked To Use Diapers During Pope's Visit

MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) traffic enforcers patrol a street on their Segway vehicles in a 2011 photo. During a visit by Pope Francis next week, they are being asked to wear adult diapers so they won't have to leave their posts.
Bullit Marquez AP

Some 2,000 traffic cops in the Philippine capital are being asked to wear adult diapers during next week's visit by Pope Francis to the predominately Roman Catholic country.

So, some of them will no doubt feel relieved that they've got a place to go during what promises to be a particularly long and grueling stint at their posts. Others might prefer to just hold it.

Either way, the army of traffic enforcers, as they are known in the Philippines, should probably go easy on the morning coffee during the pontiff's January 15-19 visit.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Fired United Attendants Fight Back Over 'Menacing' Graffiti Episode

A United Airlines 747-400 taxis at San Francisco International Airport in 2011. A group of flight attendants have filed suit against the airline to contest their firing over their handling of a perceived safety threat.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 5:11 pm

More than a dozen United Airlines flight attendants who were fired for their insistence on additional screening measures after discovering "menacing" graffiti scrawled on an airplane have filed a federal complaint against their former employer.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Thu January 8, 2015

France Observes Moment Of Silence For 'Charlie Hebdo' Victims

General Secretary of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet, head bowed foreground at left, and the Elysee Palace staff observe a minute of silence on Thursday for victims of the shooting at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris on Wednesday.
Philippe Wojazer AP

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 3:41 pm

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET

The bells of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris tolled, public transport was halted and many in France stood in the rain today for a minute of silence observed on behalf of the eight journalists and two others killed in a deadly attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Pope Announces 20 New Cardinals, With Homelands From Myanmar To Mexico

Pope Francis waves from the window of his rooms at the Vatican to faithful at St. Peter's Square at his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican City on Sunday.
Massimo Percossi EPA/Landov

In a further sign that Pope Francis is intent on shaping a Church that looks like the world, the pontiff announced today the selection of 20 new cardinals from 18 different countries, including several from Asia, Africa and Oceania.

The National Catholic Reporter says:

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Boko Haram Reportedly Seizes Nigerian Army Base

Maureen B. Kabrik, a "#Bring Back Our Girls" campaigner, speaks during a sit-out meeting in Borno in support of the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in August. Boko Haram militants, who seized the girls last April, have reportedly captured a key military base in the region.
Afolabi Sotunde Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 2:00 pm

Islamist Boko Haram militants seized a military base used by a multinational force in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, officials and witnesses say.

The town of Baga is the unofficial headquarters of the multinational troops drawn from Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon.

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The Two-Way
10:22 am
Sun January 4, 2015

ESPN Sportscaster Stuart Scott Dies At 49

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 2:32 pm

The longtime host of ESPN's SportsCenter, Stuart Scott, died today at age 49 after a prolonged battle with cancer, according to the cable network.

Scott was famous for his enthusiasm and a bevy of catchphrases he mined in his commentary, including "Boo-Yah!" and "As cool as the other side of the pillow."

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Sun January 4, 2015

NYPD's Wenjian Liu, Killed In Dec. Shooting, Is Laid To Rest

New York City police officers march before funeral services for police officer Wenjian Liu at Aievoli Funeral Home, in Brooklyn on Sunday. Liu and his partner were gunned down in an unprovoked attack on Dec. 20.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 2:17 pm

Updated at 12:50 noon ET

Thousands of police officers from across the country paid their respects to NYPD detective Wenjian Liu, one of two patrolmen who were gunned down last month in an unprovoked attack in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Liu's widow, Pei Xia Chen, said "he is my hero." The couple had been married only a few weeks when the officer was killed on Dec. 20.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Sun January 4, 2015

North Korea: New Sanctions Prove U.S. 'Inveterate Repugnancy'

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 2:05 pm

North Korea has lashed out at the U.S. for the latest sanctions imposed on the hard-line regime in response to its alleged hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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