Scott Stearns is VOA’s State Department correspondent. He has worked as VOA’s Dakar Bureau Chief, White House correspondent, and Nairobi Bureau Chief since beginning his career as a freelance reporter in the Liberian civil war. He has written for the BBC, UPI, the Associated Press, The Jerusalem Post, and The Economist. Scott has a Bachelors and Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University.
The United States is pushing for a code of conduct to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea as it works to improve commercial ties with Beijing. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a year of U.S. policy toward China from Hong Kong to climate change.
U.S. officials say respecting human rights contributes to U.S. national security. On International Human Rights Day, VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on some of the reaction to a Senate report of the CIA's alleged use of torture against suspected terrorists.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says international cooperation in the fight against Islamic State militants could contribute to broader Middle East peace. As VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports, Kerry says the Obama administration is committed to better arming and training Syria's moderate opposition in that fight.
As Hong Kong students vow to continue demonstrations after some of protest leaders announce their departure, United States Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says White House should do more to push Hong Kong authorities to respect their rights. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has more.
Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States must remain "deeply engaged" in the Middle East because it has a direct impact on the U.S. economy and national security. But is the Obama administration overstating those threats? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.
Growing tensions between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine further threaten a cease-fire agreement reached two months ago in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Critics of U.S. policy in Ukraine say it is time the Obama administration gives up on that much-violated cease-fire and moves toward a new deal with Russia. VOA's Scott Stearns has more.