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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7:04am

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Job Growth Beats Forecasts; Unemployment Rate Is 7.9 Percent

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:37 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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3:06pm

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

University Of Alabama Names First Woman President

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 3:19 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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1:28pm

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Pay Phones Are Suddenly Important Again Because Of Sandy

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 2:24 pm

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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10:55am

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Latest Figures On Deaths, Power Outages Related To Sandy

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 5:57 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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10:30am

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Point In Nearly Five Years

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 10:39 am

"Black Friday" 2011 in Manhattan. Will consumers come out in force this holiday season? Their confidence was high in October.
Michael Nagle Getty Images

By at least one measure, in October consumers were the most confident they've been since February 2008, the private Conference Board reports.

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9:02am

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Some Mixed Signals From Latest Jobs Numbers

Job seekers were on line at a career fair in Manhattan back in August.
John Moore Getty Images

Three closely watched employment indicators are out this morning:

-- Unemployment Benefits. There were 363,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, down from 372,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says. So, as they have all year, claims remain in a range between 350,000 and 400,000.

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8:25am

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

For Obama And Romney, It's Back To The Campaign After Sandy

Early voters waited in line Wednesday in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The campaign calm after the storm is about to end.

Both President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, will be out stumping for votes today. The race for the White House, which was just about put on hold as Superstorm Sandy bore down on the East Coast and then roared ashore, is back on with just five days to go before Election Day.

Romney will be in Virginia. The president will be in Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada.

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7:36am

Thu November 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Slowly, Surely New York And New Jersey Start To Recover From Sandy

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 10:56 am

That's one way to get around: A skateboarder Wednesday on First Avenue in Manhattan.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition'

Life is no where near back to normal in New Jersey, New York City and surrounding areas that were punched hard by Superstorm Sandy, and it won't be for days if not weeks.

But on Morning Edition, NPR correspondents in Manhattan, Queens, Newark, N.J., and Stamford, Conn., were reporting that:

-- Limited subway service has been restored in Manhattan.

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10:40am

Wed October 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Remembering Letitia Baldrige, The 'Doyenne Of Decorum'

Letitia Baldrige, when she was first lady Jacqueline Kennedy's social secretary.
JFK Presidential Library and Museum

We want to note the death of Letitia Baldrige, who as The Washington Post writes "was social secretary to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and also became known as a 'doyenne of decorum' and chief arbiter of good manners in modern America."

Baldrige died Monday at a nursing facility in Bethesda, Md. She was 86.

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8:49am

Wed October 31, 2012
The Two-Way

N.Y. Drama: Officer Dies After Saving Family; Videos Show Rooftop Rescues

A lift to safety: New York City Police officers used "Helicopter 23" — named for the 23 officers killed on Sept. 11, 2001 — to rescue six people from rooftops on Staten Island.
InsideNYPD

Heartbreak and heroics on Staten Island in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy:

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7:33am

Wed October 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Latest On Sandy: Death Toll Rises, Wait For 'Normal' Life Continues

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 9:30 pm

Rescue in Hoboken: Much of the New Jersey city remains flooded and the National Guard has been called in to help rescue stranded residents. Tuesday, this was the scene on one of the city's flooded streets.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters /Landov
  • Three short audio reports from NPR's Zoe Chace
  • From 'Morning Edition': Robert Smith in New York City
  • From 'Morning Edition': David Folkenflik in New Jersey

Across New York City, much of New Jersey and other places hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, power remains out today and the long, hard process of digging through debris and starting to rebuild continues.

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10:05am

Tue October 30, 2012
The Two-Way

A Bright Light During Dark Days: Bloomberg's Sign Language Star

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 2:54 pm

Fans like her style: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (at right) briefing New Yorkers about Hurricane Sandy on Monday. At left is his sign language interpreter, who the mayor identified as Lydia Callis.
Mayor Bloomberg's YouTube channel

Since we noted Monday that the sign language interpreter for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) was becoming an Internet sensation, her fan base seems to have kept on growing.

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7:04am

Tue October 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Latest On Sandy: Death Toll, Damages Rise As Superstorm Heads North

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 7:16 am

Debris and sections of a destroyed boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., earlier today.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Sandy, the hurricane-turned-superstorm, has left dozens dead, millions without power and thousands in need of rescue from rising waters as it slowly moves north and west from the Mid-Atlantic to pass over the Great Lakes and into Canada.

According to The Associated Press, storm damage was projected at $20 billion, "meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history."

Sandy has also taken a huge human toll: More than 30 deaths since the weekend and millions more coping with damaged homes, crippled transportation systems and no power.

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9:19am

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Spending Jumped Up In September

Hitting the mall: Spending rose in September.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Though Hurricane Sandy is the dominant news of the day, there are other stories, including:

"Personal income increased $48.1 billion, or 0.4 percent," in September from August, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says, while "personal consumption expenditures" — consumer spending — rose 0.8 percent.

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7:41am

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Other News: Giants Win World Series; Syrian 'Ceasefire' Ending

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 8:21 am

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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was the World Series' most valuable player. He hit three home runs in Game 1.
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  • Mike Pesca on 'Morning Edition'

While we continue to monitor Hurricane Sandy, we wanted to pass on some of the morning's other top headlines:

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