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 news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.



Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Weiner's Own Words: Saying One Thing, Doing Another?

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 8:25 am

Anthony Weiner during an appearance Tuesday in which he admitted that he had continued to "sext" after resigning from Congress in 2011.
John Moore Getty Images
  • The statement Anthony Weiner made when he resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011.


Tue July 23, 2013
The Two-Way

After Braun's Suspension, Is A-Rod Next At Bat?

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 7:50 pm

Alex Rodriguez during a July 13 game in Florida, where he was playing for the minor league Tampa Yankees while trying to recover from recent injuries.
Mike Carlson Reuters /Landov

Is Ryan Braun just the leadoff hitter for a lineup of stars who, like him, will soon be suspended by Major League Baseball for their dealings with a Miami-area clinic that allegedly sold performance enhancing drugs?

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Tue July 23, 2013
The Two-Way

PHOTO: Japanese Commuters Tilt Train To Free Trapped Woman

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:14 am

When a woman slipped between a train and a station platform just north of Tokyo on Monday, about 40 commuters and railroad employees worked together to tilt the 32-ton subway car enough to one side so that she could be pulled to safety.

The Associated Press writes that the train car's suspension system "allows it to lean to either side, according to the Yomiuri newspaper, Japan's largest daily."

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Tue July 23, 2013
The Two-Way

MUST-SEE VIDEO: 'Whales Almost Eat Divers'

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:19 am

Those are two whales coming up from the water, just feet away from two divers off the coast of central California. The image is from a video, which has gone viral, taken on Saturday.

Divers Shawn Stamback and Francis Antigua had a much closer encounter than they expected off the coast of central California on Saturday when two humpback whales surfaced just a few feet away from where they were swimming.

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Tue July 23, 2013
The Two-Way

No-Fly Zone In Syria Could Cost $1B A Month, U.S. General Says

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 9:54 am

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Win McNamee Getty Images
  • On 'Morning Edition': The World Food Program's Muhannad Hadi talks about the crisis in Syria

On the heels of another deadly day in Syria — where about 100,000 people have died in the past two years and several million more have been displaced by battles between government forces and those trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime — we're getting a look at what the USA's top general thinks about the options available to the U.S. for intervening militarily.

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