Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s sustainability desk, where he focuses on energy, environment, resources, climate and the global economy. He has reported for several special series, including the U.N. 2010 climate talks in Cancun, Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and the recent famine in the Horn of Africa. His coverage of energy issues has taken him to Chesapeake Energy’s headquarters in Oklahoma City, battery entrepreneurs in California, shale gas sites in Pennsylvania, and the Alberta oil sands.
Tong joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently in Shanghai as the China bureau chief from January 2007 to July 2010. His reporting there included coverage of the 30th anniversary of the one-child policy in China, the Beijing Olympics, food and product safety scares, labor strikes, slave labor, child lead poisoning, and selling of babies in China’s international adoption program. Prior to joining Marketplace, Tong worked as a producer and off-air reporter at PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer for seven years. Tong holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University.