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.

Pages

7:08am

Thu November 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Nor'easter Adds Fear To Misery In N.Y. And N.J.

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:25 pm

The snow this morning in Manhattan's Central Park, where several inches fell.
Margot Adler NPR
  • Martin Kaste on 'Morning Editon'

Still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, parts of New Jersey, New York City and surrounding regions are today digging out from a Nor'easter that dropped several inches of snow (more in some places) and caused more power outages.

We're following the news about the impact of the latest storm.

Update at noon, ET. Getting The Power Back On In New Jersey:

Read more

1:51pm

Wed November 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Darrell Royal, Texas Football Coaching Legend, Dies

University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal during a game against Oklahoma in 1962.
AP

Darrell Royal, who coached the University of Texas Longhorns to three national titles "and became the biggest college football icon in a state that worships the sport, has died at age 88," Austin's American-Statesman reports.

Read more

12:30pm

Wed November 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Tell Us: Why Did Obama Win?

President Obama celebrating early this morning in Chicago.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images
  • NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Pew's Michael Dimock

Two-Way readers were pretty smart about when we would hear who won the White House.

It was 11:29 p.m. ET last night when we posted the news that "Obama wins."

And:

"Between 10 p.m. ET and midnight Tuesday" was the most popular choice by the 13,801 readers who answered our "when will we know who won?" question. It was picked by 32.2 percent.

Read more

11:16am

Wed November 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Stocks Fall On 'Fiscal Cliff' Fears

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:02 pm

On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.
Allison Joyce Getty Images

On the day after voters returned President Obama to the White House and kept Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in control of the House:

"Investors pulled back sharply ... [amid] rising worries about the upcoming fiscal fight in Congress," The Wall Street Journal writes.

Read more

4:28pm

Tue November 6, 2012
The Two-Way

We'll Be Live Blogging Tonight

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:42 am

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.

Read more

4:12pm

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."

Read more

6:19pm

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?

Read more

4:41pm

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:50 pm

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

2:26pm

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 5:13 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.

Read more

1:19pm

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.

Read more

12:22pm

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 1:28 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.

Read more

2:08pm

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.

Read more

1:48pm

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 11:48 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

11:09am

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

8:16am

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.

Read more

Pages