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.



Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Marathon Explosions: Thursday's Developments

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:11 am

The FBI released this photograph of a man they are calling a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Note: We're following Friday's breaking news — that one suspect is dead and that police are searching for the other — in a new post.

Thursday's post:

Read more


Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Killed Several, Injured Dozens

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 7:04 pm

A chemical trailer sits among the remains of a fertilizer plant.
Mike Stone Reuters /Landov

After a fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others, rescue workers on Thursday are still sifting through the smoldering rubble hoping to find survivors.

Here's what we know at this hour:

Read more


Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Second Suspicious Letter Found; Was Sent To Obama

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 8:04 pm

A Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT) truck outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Update at 8:44 p.m. ET. Authorities Make An Arrest:

Authorities have made an arrest in connection to the suspicious envelopes sent to a senator and President Obama.

The FBI identified the suspect as Paul Kevin Curtis.

The The Clarion Ledger reports:

Read more


Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Prosecutor Murder: Wife Of Jailed Ex-Justice Arrested

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:44 pm

A wreath of flowers in honor of slain District Attorney Mike McClelland at the Kaufman County [Texas] Courthouse in early April.
Richard Rodriguez Reuters /Landov

"The wife of a former justice of the peace is being held on a capital murder charge in the killings of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor," The Dallas Morning News reports.

Read more


Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Pat Summerall Was The 'Voice Of Football,' Says John Madden

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:49 pm

Pat Summerall in 1989, when he was broadcasting for CBS Sports.
CBS /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Richard Gonzales reports on Pat Summerall

Pat Summerall was the "voice of football and always will be," longtime broadcasting partner John Madden said Tuesday.

Read more