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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3:28pm

Tue November 6, 2012
The Two-Way

We'll Be Live Blogging Tonight

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:42 pm

Voting in Los Angeles today.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Here's the plan for our Election Night coverage:

-- Starting between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., we'll be live-blogging. Not here in The Two-Way, but right on the homefront of NPR.org and on our "Election Night 2012" results page. If all goes as planned, our updates should flow on to your screen automatically.

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3:12pm

Tue November 6, 2012
The Two-Way

After Driving On Sidewalk To Pass School Bus, Woman Must Wear 'Idiot' Sign

Caught in the act. Shena Hardin decided she wouldn't stop just because a school bus was pulled over. She went up on the sidewalk instead.
Fox8 Cleveland

"Justice has been served!" declares the man who helped police in Cleveland nab a woman who had been driving up on a sidewalk many mornings to get around a stopped school bus with children on board.

It's something 32-year-old Shena Hardin had done many times before, apparently, and for which a judge has now ordered her to wear a sign reading "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid the school bus."

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5:19pm

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

When Will We Know Who Won?

We'll know who won eventually. But when?
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Everybody tries to predict who will win.

What we wonder, though, is when will we know whether it will be President Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney taking the oath of office next January?

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3:50pm

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Shh! 400-Foot-Long Trailer Carrying Radioactive Material Is On Secret Mission

A screen image from a Mack Trucks video about one of the earlier hauls.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1TBWJw4q50&feature=plcp

1:52pm

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Superstorm Sandy: Latest Figures & How To Help Those In Need

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:13 pm

Long Beach, N.Y.: Volunteers unloaded water at an aid distribution center on Sunday.
John Moore Getty Images

NPR librarians continue to help us keep track of the recovery from Superstorm Sandy and the deadly toll from the storm that blasted New Jersey, New York City and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England one week ago.

-- Number of deaths: At least 115 in the U.S., by NPR's count. The Associated Press reports there were at least 106 fatalities. There were 69 Sandy-related deaths in the Caribbean and two in Canada.

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12:19pm

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Election Guides? We've Got 'Em

In Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, folks lined up to cast early ballots.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

As Eyder said earlier, "it's almost over."

The campaign, that is.

But if you haven't had enough of it all yet, here's are three places to go if you're looking for tips on what to watch for and when to watch for it.

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11:22am

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Boy Killed By Dogs At Pittsburgh Zoo: Onlookers' Screams 'Just Kept Coming'

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 12:28 pm

A security guard closes the gate at the Pittsburgh Zoo, where a 2-year-old boy was killed Sunday.
John Heller AP

Witnesses describe a horribly heartbreaking scene Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium after a 2-year-old boy fell into an exhibit housing wild African dogs.

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1:08pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Alan Murray Of 'The Wall Street Journal' Named Pew Research Center's President

Alan Murray, deputy managing editor and executive editor, online, at The Wall Street Journal, is taking the post of president at the Pew Research Center.

He's succeeding a man who would certainly be familiar to many NPR listeners and to those who like to pore over polls. Andrew Kohut, who has been the center's president since its founding in 2004, will "stay on as founding director and continue to provide counsel on political polling and global attitudes research," the organization announced today.

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12:48pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

As Tempers Flare At Stations, Moves Are Made To Get Gas To N.Y, N.J.

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:48 pm

Rather than sit in their cars, many people on Staten Island today lined up at stations with gas cans — hoping to get a few gallons before supplies ran out.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

10:09am

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Coast Guard Probing Tall Ship's Sinking; Captain Had Spoken About Hurricanes

The HMS Bounty as the tall ship sank Monday off the coast of North Carolina.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski/U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

7:16am

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Video May Show Rebels Executing Syrian Soldiers

In Aleppo, Syria, this week: A rebel crossed a ruined street. This image shows him in a mirror's reflection.
Javier Manzano AFP/Getty Images

A video that appears to show rebels in Syria executing a small group of soldiers from the regime of President Bashar Assad has prompted human rights groups and officials to appeal to all sides to respect the human rights of their prisoners.

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6:04am

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Job Growth Beats Forecasts; Unemployment Rate Is 7.9 Percent

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:37 am

How many signs like this were there in October? We got a clue today.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The nation's unemployment rate edged up to 7.9 percent in October from 7.8 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

But private and public employers added 171,000 jobs to their payrolls — nearly 50,000 more than economists had expected.

So the news is somewhat mixed: While the jobless rate remained stuck near 8 percent, job growth was better than forecast.

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2:06pm

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

University Of Alabama Names First Woman President

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 2:19 pm

Judy Bonner, the University of Alabama's new president, when the school's championship football team visted the White House in April.
Mike Theiler UPI /Landov

For the first time in the school's 181-year history, the University of Alabama has named a woman to be its permanent president.

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1:24pm

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Pay Phones Are Suddenly Important Again Because Of Sandy

A woman uses a pay phone in the Lower East Village in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Carlo Allegri Reuters /Landov

"After Sandy, Wired New Yorkers Get Reconnected With Pay Phones: Coin-Eating Retro Devices Baffle Some, Frustrate Many; Moment Merits a Tweet."

That Wall Street Journal story today, about folks in lower Manhattan who have been forced by the power outages and damages in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to seek out an old-fashioned way to make a call, has struck a chord.

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9:55am

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Latest Figures On Deaths, Power Outages Related To Sandy

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:57 pm

NPR's librarians are helping us keep track of two sobering statistics about Superstorm Sandy:

As of 6 p.m. ET:

-- According to NPR's count, the death toll remains at 91. The AP count has now moved up to 90.

New York City alone is reporting 37 deaths. New Jersey reported 12 and Maryland 11.

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