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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10:07am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Will 'Harry Potter' And Newest Royal Share A Birthday?

Actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Heather Wines CBS/Landov

Since there's no news just yet from the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is said to be in labor, we've gone looking for other famous folks who were born on July 22.

According to Biography.com, they include:

-- Actor Albert Brooks (born in 1947).

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9:02am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Two-Way

42 Bodies Recovered After Quebec Disaster; 5 People Missing

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 9:34 am

In Gatineau, Quebec, earlier this month, candles were burning in memory of the train disaster's victims.
Chris Wattie Reuters /Landov

Two weeks after the horrific train derailment and explosions that devastated the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, "authorities have found 42 bodies at the site and are still looking for five more who are feared dead," The Canadian Press reports.

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7:32am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Royal Baby Wait; Mandela Improving

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:53 am

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since June 8. He's being treated for a life-threatening respiratory infection. Last week he turned 95 and a banner near the hospital drew admirers such as this woman.
Siphiwe Sibeko Reuters /Landov

7:02am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'Grandma Drummer' Says She Loves To Play

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:52 am

"Grandma Drummer" — Mary Hvizda — in action.
Coalition Drum Shop video

We can't start the new week without posting more video of the "grandma drummer" who captured so much attention on Friday.

As we said in an update Saturday, the mystery woman who became a YouTube hit thanks to video of her rocking out at a La Cross, Wis., drum shop has been ID'd as Mary Hvizda, 63, of Onalaska, Wis.

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6:40am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured By Earthquakes In China

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:50 am

Rescuers clear debris Monday in China's Gansu province, where dozens of people were killed when earthquakes struck the region.
Guo Gang Xinhua/Landov

The death toll is climbing after two earthquakes that struck western China early Monday.

More than 70 people are dead and at least 400 others are injured in Gansu province, the BBC says. According to The Associated Press, China's state media say the death toll stands at 75.

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