Author

Scott Tong

Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s Sustainability Desk. His stories focus on energy, environment, natural resources and the global economy. Scott served as Marketplace China bureau chief from 2006-2010 and has reported from more than a dozen countries.

He has contributed to special series on the 2017 globalization backlash; Water: The High Price of Cheap; Venezuela’s economic collapse; the rise of shareholder value and the Price of Profits; long-term U.S. job creation; the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami; the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa and the economics of one child in China.

His book, “A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World” (University of Chicago Press, 12/2017) offers a long view of China’s opening to the West, told through the lives of five people across five generations in his own family.

Scott joined Marketplace in 2004, after working as a producer and off-air reporter for the PBS NewsHour, where he produced a mini-documentary series from Iraq in 2003. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University. He has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, the Aspen Ideas Festival and TedxFoggybottom.

A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Tong now lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and three children. He’s a soccer dad and bikes to work at a leisurely pace.

Articles by Scott Tong

My Great-Grandfather. War Hero?

Scott Tong travels to China to discover how his great-grandfather saved the Tong family village during World War Two.

February 25, 2018

Family Genealogies

Scott Tong travels to China with his mother to track down their family history.

February 24, 2018

Discovering My Grandmother’s School

Scott Tong returns to China to find his grandmother’s old school in Nanchang.

February 23, 2018

Secrets of the Tong Village

Scott Tong's quest to find a place that may no longer even exist: The ancestral Tong family village--Fu Ma Ying.

February 22, 2018