CCS Noon Lecture Series. "China Reporter’s Notebook: When the story gets personal – a journalist and adoptive parent perspective on a baby trafficking/international adoption scandal"


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  • Speaker: Scott Tong, Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at U-M
  • Host Department: ccs
  • Date: 04/08/2014
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location: SSWB/International Institute-Room 1636

  • Description:

    Marketplace public radio correspondent Scott Tong, former China bureau chief and current Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at Michigan, shares his perspective on a memorable story from his four-year stint in Shanghai. Tong tracked down a man convicted of selling babies to Hunan orphanages in China’s international adoption program. The investigation and paper chase led to a lengthy radio piece, and a subsequent hunt for the true origins of his adopted daughter.

    For the past decade, Scott Tong has served as on-air correspondent for Marketplace, the daily business show on public radio stations across the country. He founded the program’s Shanghai bureau in 2006, serving there for four years. Now, he reports on energy, resources and global economics for the program’s Sustainability Desk. Tong has reported on everything from the “consumer arms race” in America, to the 2012 Horn of Africa famine, to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami from 2011. Public radio listeners have heard his stories from more than a dozen countries. Prior to Marketplace, he worked as a producer for the PBS NewsHour and as a congressional staffer. Tong is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children.