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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2:36pm

Fri April 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Before This Blogger Moves On, He Wants To Say Thanks

Mark Memmott: All packed up and ready to move on to a new role at NPR.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

The Two-Way is just shy of its fifth anniversary, on May 13.

This blogger has written just over 9,700 posts for NPR — almost 9,500 of them for The Two-Way.

It seems like a good time to move on.

Next week, I'll be on vacation. When I return to work May 5, I'll be taking on the duties of "standards and practices" editor at NPR and no longer blogging for The Two-Way.

According to our ethics handbook:

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12:43pm

Fri April 25, 2014
The Two-Way

New Manchester United Skipper Vows To Make Fans Smile Again

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 1:22 pm

Ryan Giggs, who is filling in as manager of Manchester United, one of the world's most valuable and most popular soccer clubs. He's vowing to make fans proud of the team again.
Alex Livesey Getty Images

The biggest sports story of the week for millions of football (soccer) fans around the world was the sacking of David Moyes as manager of England's Manchester United, one of the two most valuable sports franchises on the planet.

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11:44am

Fri April 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Recovery Of Bodies From Sunken Ferry Growing More Difficult

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:59 pm

Crews aboard ships involved in the recovery effort at the site where a South Korean ferry sank continued to work as night fell Thursday.
Nicolas Asfouri AFP/Getty Images

The news Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster includes word that:

-- "At least 185 passengers had been confirmed dead, with 117 others still missing." (Yonhap News)

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10:22am

Fri April 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Russia's Credit Rating Cut To Just Above 'Junk'

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:18 pm

Saying that "the tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine" could accelerate the already heavy flow of money coming out of Russia, Standard & Poor's on Friday cut that nation's credit rating to just above "junk" level.

What's more, S&P says it doesn't expect things to improve anytime soon:

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9:14am

Fri April 25, 2014
The Two-Way

VIDEO: At White House, Girl Hands Father's Resume To First Lady

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 11:17 am

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after the girl handed the first lady her dad's resume on Thursday.
Evan Vucci AP

In case you missed it, much is being made of what happened Thursday at the White House when a 10-year-old girl stepped forward at a take-your-children-to-work event with first lady Michelle Obama to say:

"My dad's been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his résumé."

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8:18am

Fri April 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Fresh Avalanches On Everest Appear To End Climbs In Nepal

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 11:24 am

A Nepalese government delegation met with Sherpa mountain guides near Mount Everest's base camp on the south side of the mountain Thursday. The government was hoping to persuade the guides to continue working even though 16 Sherpas had died a week earlier. But fresh ice avalanches on Friday appear to have doomed Nepal's climbing season.
Adrian Ballinger/Alpenglow Expeditions AP

High up on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest, fresh ice avalanches on Friday made it "almost certain that no one will summit the world's highest mountain from Nepal during this year's climbing season," Reuters writes.

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7:03am

Fri April 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Russia Wants To Start World War III, Ukrainian Leader Charges

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:52 pm

On guard: a Ukrainian soldier at a roadblock near Slovyansk, in eastern Ukraine.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The crisis in Ukraine showed no signs of cooling Friday. Harsh rhetoric was flying:

-- "Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia on Friday of wanting to start World War III by occupying Ukraine 'militarily and politically,' " Reuters reports.

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2:02pm

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 3:38 pm

Pope Francis as he celebrated Communion last July in Brazil.
Buda Mendes Getty Images

The Vatican on Thursday sought to tamp down speculation that Pope Francis wants to reverse church teachings and allow divorced and remarried Catholics and their spouses to take Communion.

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11:54am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Move

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 1:35 pm

One day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was calling off his side's participation in the next session of peace talks with Palestinian leaders, Israel's Cabinet has endorsed that decision and "unanimously decided to cut off contacts," The Associated Press writes.

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10:12am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 6:05 pm

Yellow ribbons hang from a fence outside Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, as some students return Thursday for the first time since a ferry disaster claimed the lives of scores of their classmates.
Yang Ji-woong EPA/Landov

Students at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, began the difficult process of resuming classes on Thursday, eight days after a ferry disaster claimed the lives of more than 200 of their classmates.

According to South Korea's Yonhap News, the seniors (or third-year year students):

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9:03am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:57 am

More than 3,600 people lined up to apply for about 1,000 openings at a job fair earlier this month in New Orleans.
Ted Jackson The Times-Picayune/Landov

After two straight weeks in which the figures tracked near their lowest levels in seven years, the number of first-time applications for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week.

The Employment and Training Administration says there were 329,000 such claims filed, up by 24,000 from the previous week's slightly revised figure.

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8:39am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 1:24 pm

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 after its arrival on Monday at Maui's Kahului Airport. After the same flight landed on Sunday, a California teen emerged from the left rear wheel well.
Oskar Garcia AP

The father of a teen who last weekend survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger jet says:

"When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy."

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7:33am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

No Breakthrough: 'Object Of Interest' Isn't From Missing Jet

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:14 am

A large piece of metal found earlier this week on the coast of western Australia, which investigators had called an "object of interest" in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people who were on board, is apparently not connected to the missing jet.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reports that "after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometers east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search."

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6:49am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:25 pm

An Afghan police officer kept watch Thursday at the gate of the Cure hospital in Kabul. Earlier, authorities say, a security guard at the hospital opened fire — killing three American citizens.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Three American citizens were killed Thursday at a Christian organization's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an Afghan security guard opened fire. Another American citizen was reportedly wounded.

One of those killed was an experienced pediatrician from Chicago who had been working at the hospital for seven years, according to media reports. The other two killed were a father and son whose names and ages had not yet been released.

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11:13am

Wed April 23, 2014
The Two-Way

7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:12 pm

An officer from Brazilian Police Special Forces took aim Tuesday during the violent protest that broke out in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums. People there blame police for a young man's death, and say authorities are clamping down too hard in advance of this June's World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympics, both of which will be held in Brazil.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

"A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone," The Associated Press writes.

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