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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7:02am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

All Are OK After Small Plane Crashes Through Apartment Roof

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:39 am

This photo from the Virginia State Police shows the tail of the small plane that crashed into the living room of an apartment in Herndon, Va., early Friday.
AP

Amazingly, no one was seriously hurt early Friday morning when a small plane with two people aboard crashed through the roof of an apartment building in Herndon, Va., about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.

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6:07am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Arizona Mom Released From Mexican Jail

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:20 am

Yanira Maldonado talked to reporters late Thursday after her release from a prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico.
Cristina Silva AP

This is our first, and possibly last, mention of a story that's been getting lots of play on cable news:

"Mexican Court Frees Arizona Mom Accused Of Drug Smuggling." (CNN.com)

"I'm free now ... and I'm very grateful," Yanira Maldonado told reporters early Friday.

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5:42am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Texas Man Questioned About Latest Ricin Letters

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:19 am

None of the possibly ricin-tainted letters mailed to President Obama have reached the White House, authorities say. They were intercepted at a remote mail handling facility.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

"Authorities, including the FBI, questioned a New Boston, Texas, man Thursday night in connection with an investigation of ricin-laced letters sent to government officials, including President Barack Obama," KSLA-TV in Shreveport, La., reports.

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12:57pm

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

'Chicago Sun-Times' Fires Its Photographers

The Chicago Sun Times' offices.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The shrinking of the staffs in the nation's newsrooms continues.

The Chicago Tribune broke the news Thursday that its Second City rival The Chicago Sun-Times has "laid off its entire photography staff."

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