Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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5:40am

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Set For News Conference Friday Afternoon

President Obama at the White House on Thursday.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

President Obama is set to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday at 3 p.m. ET — his first such formal give-and-take with the press corps since "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden starting spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs in June.

So we should expect questions about Snowden, spying and civil liberties, as well as strained relations with Russia, the economy and other subjects.

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1:01pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Al-Qaida Conference Call? It Wasn't On Phone, Reporters Say

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 5:16 am

"Dial 1 if you're the conference host."
Mark Memmott NPR

One of this week's most-talked-about stories is The Daily Beast's report that "the crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda's senior leaders and representatives of several of the group's affiliates throughout the region."

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10:56am

Thu August 8, 2013

10:42am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'New York Times' Is Not For Sale, Sulzberger Says

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:37 am

Ramin Talaie Getty Images

Responding to speculation that his newspaper would be next, New York Times Publisher and Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has issued a flat "the Times is not for sale" statement.

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9:16am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'Total Disgrace': Jackie Robinson Statue Defaced In Brooklyn

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:15 am

Before the damage: The statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, outside the stadium where the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones play.
AP

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