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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4:35pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Earl Scruggs Made Country And Bluegrass Cool

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 9:00 am

Earl Scruggs during a show in Indio, Calif., on May 3, 2008.
Michael Buckner Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition'
  • NPR's Paul Brown, on Earl Scruggs

The death Wednesday of banjo legend Earl Scruggs at the age of 88 is generating many, many reports today about how he "helped define the sound of bluegrass," as our friends at The Record blog say.

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1:00pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Three Key Moments As Trayvon Martin's Story Went Viral

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 1:10 pm

Part of the awareness raising effort: the Justice for Trayvon Martin page on Facebook.
Facebook.com

What moved Trayvon Martin's Feb. 26 death from a local story to a national tale that has sparked a discussion about racial profiling and race relations?

Social media played a critical role. And there were key moments along the way.

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11:55am

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Gingrich Is 'At The End Of His Line' Says His Biggest Financial Supporter

Sheldon Adelson.
Mike Clarke AFP/Getty Images
  • NPR's Peter Overby, during the noon ET Newscast

9:54am

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

West Virginia Mine Superintendent Pleads Guilty To Fraud

"The former superintendent of a southern West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 workers in April 2010 pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal fraud charge," The Associated Press reports. "Gary May of Bloomingrose, the highest-ranking Massey Energy official charged in connection with the blast, faces up to five years in prison when sentenced Aug. 9."

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7:55am

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Today On The Campaign Trail: George H.W. Bush To Endorse Romney

Mitt Romney (left) and former President George H.W. Bush in 2007.
Ben Sklar Getty Images
  • Wade Goodwyn reporting

In case you're keeping track of high-profile endorsements in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination:

Wednesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney picked up the support of Florida Sen. Mark Rubio. This afternoon in Houston, as NPR's Wade Goodwyn tells our Newscast Desk, former President George H.W. Bush will endorse Romney. Bush's wife Barbara and son Jeb (a former Florida governor) have already said Romney's their candidate.

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7:42am

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dipped Again Last Week

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 7:43 am

There were 359,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, down 5,000 from the week before and a pace that continues to be the lowest since April 2008, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

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7:10am

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Maryland's Batman Looks Like A Real Hero

The Caped Crusader, about to get into his Batmobile.
Facebook.com

6:25am

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Trayvon Martin Death: Police Video Shows No Signs Of Zimmerman's Injuries

George Zimmerman, in the red jacket, as he was led through a police station in Sanford, Fla., after the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
ABC News

A police video of George Zimmerman in the hours after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 does not show any obvious evidence of the injuries Zimmerman reportedly received during what he says was an altercation that ended with him firing his handgun in self defense.

ABC News obtained the footage and aired it Wednesday evening. As it reports:

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1:44pm

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

'He's Gone And We're Searching For Answers,' Says Trayvon Martin's Father

Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, at a forum held Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

"I haven't even started grieving and I don't think I'll start grieving until I get justice for him."

That's Tracy Martin, father of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, moments ago in an interview with Tell Me More host Michel Martin (no relation).

During a conversation due for broadcast on Thursday's edition of Tell Me More, Tracy Martin also said:

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11:25am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Hoodie In The House Leads To Shouting In The Capitol

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 2:45 pm

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., during his hooded statement on the House floor.
C-SPAN.org

On the floor of the House this morning, Rep. Bobby Rush's effort to call attention to the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin turned into a contest of wills between the Illinois Democrat and the presiding officer because Rush donned a hoodie while speaking.

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10:08am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss' Garden, Family Hopes For Its Return

The Lorax, before he was taken away.
San Diego Police Department

The Grinch returned all those stolen presents.

Now the family of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) is hoping that the person or persons who took a Lorax statue from the garden of the late, great author's home also has a change of heart.

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8:25am

Wed March 28, 2012

8:10am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Tibetan Exile Dies From Burns Suffered In Self-Immolation

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:55 am

In Kolkata on Tuesday, exiled Tibetans and human rights activists held a candlelight for Jamphel Yeshi.
Dibyangshu Sarkar AFP/Getty Images

Jamphel Yeshi has died. The 27-year-old Tibetan exile, who on on Monday set himself on fire in New Delhi, was the latest in a small but growing number of Tibetans who in the past year have burned themselves in protest of China's rule over their country.

As we reported Tuesday, at least 30 Tibetans have taken that dramatic step in the past year.

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7:50am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

JetBlue Freak Out: Passenger Had To Put Panicked Pilot 'In A Choke Hold'

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 3:38 pm

Newseum.org

"I grabbed his arm and put him in a choke hold. ... I'm just happy I was able to get him down to the floor."

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6:20am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

It's Day 3 For Health Care Cases At The Supreme Court

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 6:22 am

  • Ari Shapiro, on the NPR Newscast

On the third and final day of Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of the health care overhaul law enacted in 2010, the focus turns to whether the law could survive if the justices decide to strike its most controversial component — the so-called mandate that "requires most Americans to either have health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty," NPR's Julie Rovner reports.

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