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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6:39am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

The Smoke Is Black: No Pope After Cardinals' First Vote

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 2:25 pm

As the black smoke rose from the Vatican chimney Tuesday, some of the nuns and others gathered in St. Peter's Square were singing.
Eric Gaillard Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': Sylvia Poggioli on the latest from Rome
  • Philip Reeves on the princes of the church

Update at 2:43 p.m. ET. No Pope Today:

Black smoke just poured from the chimney above the Vatican. That means, as was expected, the cardinals did not choose a pope on the first vote of their conclave to name a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI. As the cardinals' ballots are burned, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli says, chemicals are added to a fire in a second stove to turn the smoke black if there's no pope elected and white if there is.

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2:13pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Helmet-cam Records Mountain Climber's Wild Slide; He's OK

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:36 pm

Mark Roberts' feet, in the foreground, as he slid down a mountain in Wales.
British Mountaineering Council

This video is not for those who are squeamish about seeing others in danger. So think before you click play.

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11:20am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Harvard Offers 'Partial Apology' For Email Search Of Resident Deans' Accounts

Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

Saying that the action was required because a confidential email that was leaked to the news media "threatened the privacy and due process afforded students," Harvard University administrators on Monday issued a statement explaining why they last year authorized searches of 16 resident deans' email accounts.

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9:34am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Add Its Own Demise To Intrade's List Of Blown Calls

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 9:49 am

Intrade

Who could have predicted this?

Well, apparently not "the world's most famous predictions market."

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8:19am

Mon March 11, 2013

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