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Marketplace DC Staff Portraits

Scott Tong

Scott Tong is the host of Here & Now.

Tong joined Here & Now after 16 years at Marketplace. He was the China bureau chief in Shanghai from 2006 until 2010. Since then, he's been a senior correspondent and has reported from more than a dozen countries — from refugee camps in East Africa to shoe factories in eastern China. As part of Marketplace's Sustainability desk he has covered the global economy, energy and the environment — and done stories on everything from hacking and fracking, to climate and water, Hollywood in China, Huawe driverless cars and tech spying.

A highly-regarded public speaker and author, Tong has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, at the Aspen Ideas Festival and at TEDxFoggyBottom. He's been a guest host of the Make Me Smart podcast and KQED's Forum. In 2017, he published A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World — a critically-acclaimed narrative nonfiction account of China's economic opening, told through the lives of five people across five generations in his own family.