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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11:58am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Bird On Rare Visit To U.K. Killed As Dismayed Twitchers Watch

The white-throated needletail, after it was found below the wind turbine it hit on an island off the northwest coast of Scotland.
Courtesy of David Campbell

10:06am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Paula Deen's Next Cookbook Is Canceled

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 2:12 pm

Celebrity cook Paula Deen during an appearance last Wednesday on NBC-TV's The Today Show.
Peter Kramer AP

Pre-publication orders had made it No. 1 on Amazon, but now Paula Deen's publisher has said it won't be putting out her next cookbook this fall.

As Publishers Weekly says:

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8:48am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

American Killed At Protest In Egypt ID'd As Kenyon Student

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:05 pm

Andrew Pochter.
Courtesy of the Pochter family

Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old Kenyon College student from Chevy Chase, Md., is the American who was killed Friday in Alexandria, Egypt, when violence broke out during a protest against the government of President Mohammed Morsi, the college says. He was one of at least three people who died from injuries they suffered.

Citing U.S. Embassy officials as its source for that news, the Ohio school adds that:

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8:06am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Will Death Valley Top 130 Degrees? Here's Where To Watch

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:33 pm

If you're in the red or orange zones, try to stay cool.
National Weather Service

We can't do anything about the oppressive heat wave that's cooking states across the nation's Southwest.

We can, though, wish everyone the best and point to the always-important tips and guidance for how to stay safe when temperatures soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Those include:

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7:01am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Mandela Is 'Inspiration To The World,' Obama Says

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:33 pm

Friday in Pretoria, South Africa, people gathered outside a hospital to pray for former President Nelson Mandela. He remains in critical condition with a lung infection.
Jeff J. Mitchell Getty Images

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