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.