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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8:09am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'Today You Can See That I'm Alive,' Says Malala, Girl Shot By Taliban

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 8:52 am

Malala Yousafzai in a video released Monday.
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10:58am

Sun February 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Coming Monday: A Daily Dose Of 'Book News'

NPR

For some months now, many of us at NPR have been enjoying a daily email from our friends here who report about books and the publishing industry. It's a tip sheet with news, and a bit of attitude.

Eyder and several others started saying "hey, we ought to publish this."

So, The Two-Way will.

Annalisa Quinn, who's been writing the notes, sends along this mission statement and a little bit about herself:

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1:22pm

Fri February 1, 2013
The Two-Way

3 Things To Say At A Super Bowl Party

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 11:02 pm

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Joe Skipper Reuters /Landov

If you're invited to a Super Bowl party and aren't quite up to speed about Sunday's big game, join the club. This blogger's a Buffalo Bills fan and tries to kind of tune out around this time of the season because, after all, it brings back some painful memories.

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10:51am

Fri February 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Issues Proposal On Birth Control Coverage

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 12:40 pm

(The top of this post and our headline was updated at 1:35 p.m. ET.)

"The Obama administration on Friday proposed a work-around for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control," The Associated Press reports.

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7:29am

Fri February 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Coming Up: January Jobs Report

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 9:47 am

Job seekers came to the ThistleDown Racino and Horseshoe Casino in Warrensvile Hts., Ohio, last month.
Chuck Crow The Plain Dealer /Landov

(We updated the top of this post at 10:15 a.m. ET.)

The U.S. economy produced several hundred thousand more jobs than previously thought in 2011 and 2012 even as the nation's jobless rate remained stuck at a relatively high level, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.

While BLS said the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent in January from 7.8 percent the month before, it also reported that:

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