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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6:50am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Pistorius's Story Challenged: Witness Heard Screams And Shots, Police Say

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:41 pm

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius in a Pretoria court Wednesday.
EPA /LANDOV

A neighbor has told investigators that he heard "gunshots ... a female screaming two-three times, then more gunshots" coming from the South African home of Oscar Pistorius in the early morning hours of Feb. 14, a police officer testified Wednesday at a bail hearing for the Olympic and Paralympic athlete.

The witness has also told investigators about "non-stop talking" and sounds "like fighting" coming from Pistorius's home between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

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1:17pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: First 'Unassisted' Backflip By A Car?

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:53 pm

Driver Guerlain Chicherit in his Mini Countryman, doing a backflip on Sunday in France.
Thierry Guillot Maxppp /Landov

12:25pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Gen. John Allen, Recent Top Commander In Afghanistan, Is Retiring

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:24 pm

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen in March 2012.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, who led U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan until earlier this month and had been on track to be the top NATO commander in Europe, is retiring from the military.

The White House early Tuesday afternoon released a statement from President Obama that says, in part:

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11:22am

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

At Least Four Dead, Including Gunman, After Southern California Shootings

"A chaotic 25-minute shooting spree" across Southern California's Orange County Tuesday morning "left a trail of dead and injured victims before the shooter killed himself," KPCC reports.

The Orange County Register says "four people are dead and two others [were] wounded."

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10:44am

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

The Snake's A Snitch: Why Florida Released Biggest Python Caught In Hunt

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:47 am

A Burmese python at Zoo Miami. Authorities are trying to cut down the number of such snakes in the state.
Peter Andrew Bosch MCT /Landov

This headline may make you go "huh?"

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