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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7:55am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

The Masters Begins: Will Tiger Woods Win? Do You Want Him To?

Tiger Woods, teeing off during a practice round at Augusta National on Thursday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images
  • On 'Morning Edition': Christine Brennan talks with Steve Inskeep

They're teeing off this morning in Augusta, Ga. It's the Masters, the first of the "major" tournaments for men each year.

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7:05am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

In Greece, Retiree's Suicide Sparks Protests And Clashes With Police

Demonstrators clashed with riot police in Athens overnight.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

The human toll from the financial crisis in Greece now has a human face.

After 77-year-old retired pharmacist Dimitris Christoulas killed himself Wednesday outside the parliament building in Athens, a suicide note he left was reported to say that he felt he must take a "dignified end to my life" because austerity measures and "annihilated all traces for my survival," particularly his pension.

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3:10pm

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

After 567,000 Miles And 48 Years, Florida Woman Parks Her 'Chariot'

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 6:05 pm

Rachel Veitch and "Chariot," her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente.
Katie Ball

When 93-year-old Rachel Veitch picked up the newspaper on March 10 and realized that the macular degeneration in her eyes had developed to the point where she couldn't read the print, she knew it was time to stop driving.

But there's much more to the Orlando, Fla., woman's story.

The decision meant she would no longer be getting behind the wheel of her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, a car she calls "The Chariot." Veitch has pampered her ride for nearly five decades and 567,000 miles.

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11:55am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Live Blog: Romney Talks To News Editors

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 12:55 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during today's speech to the American Society of News Editors, in Washington, D.C.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Coming off his three-state sweep in Tuesday's primaries, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney this noon renewed his charge that President Obama has displayed an "appalling lack of leadership."

Romney said that if elected president he could provide the kind of experience and guidance to give the economy a lift, get the government on the path toward deficit reduction and ensure the USA continues to play a leading role around the world.

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10:45am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Peabody Awards: NPR Among Honorees

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 1:05 pm

Peabody.uga.edu

The winners of this year's George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media were just announced and NPR is among those being honored.

NPR work being recognized:

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9:55am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Good News On The Jobs Front, Except From Yahoo

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 9:56 am

On the plus side, the ADP National Employment Report issued this morning estimates there were 209,000 jobs added to private employers' payrolls in March. And ADP's data often are something of a predictor for what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will have to say when it issues its monthly numbers. Those March figures are due on Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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9:30am

Wed April 4, 2012

9:05am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Olbermann: 'I Screwed Up,' But Current TV Had Problems

Keith Olbermann.
Current TV

Essentially saying that he should have known better than to go to work for Current TV, Keith Olbermann said Tuesday night that he "screwed up" by taking the job last year.

But while Olbermann said "it's my fault that it didn't succeed," he also figuratively pointed his finger at Current for why things went wrong before he was dismissed last week.

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8:40am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Colorado Sheriff Pleads Guilty In Meth-For-Sex Case

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan before a court hearing last month.
Ed Andrieski AP

Former Arapahoe County (Colo.) sheriff Patrick Sullivan, who back in December was charged with trying to trade methamphetamine for sex with a man, "pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of meth possession and soliciting prostitution," Denver's KUSA-TV reports.

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8:20am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Pepper Spray Used At Another California Student Protest

Nnaemeka Alozie, campaign manager for California congressional candidate David Steinman, poured milk on his face Tuesday after being pepper sprayed during the incident at Santa Monica College.
Courtesy of David Steinman AP

7:35am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

After Ferocious Texas Tornadoes, Two Incredibly Welcome Words: 'No Deaths'

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 11:11 am

In Arlington, Texas, Tuesday afternoon, David Lowe carried his daughter's dog, Phoebe, away from the rubble.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Tuesday's tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area produced some amazing videos of truck trailers being tossed into the air and homes being ripped apart.

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7:05am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Baylor Women Are Perfectly Great; Finish Season 40-0, Win NCAA Title

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 7:08 am

Brittney Griner (#42) of the Baylor Lady Bears blocks a shot attempt by Kayla McBride (#23) of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during Tuesday night's NCAA Division I women's basketball championship game in Denver.
Justin Edmonds Getty Images

Looking not just to win the NCAA Division I women's basketball championship, but also to be the first team to win 40 games in one season and to do it without a single loss on the way, the Baylor Lady Bears achieved all that last night with an 80-61 win over Notre Dame.

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6:40am

Wed April 4, 2012
The Two-Way

With Wisconsin Win, Romney Moves From 'Likely' To 'Almost Certain'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney celebrated last night with supporters in Milwaukee.
Scott Olson Getty Images

His wins Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Maryland and — most importantly — in Wisconsin has produced a subtle shift in the way Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is being referred to by the news media.

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1:07pm

Tue April 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama: GOP Budget 'Makes Contract With America Look Like The New Deal'

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 1:08 pm

Renewing his push against "trickle-down economics" that he says has failed the nation in the past, President Obama just said the Republican budget plan passed by the House last week is so conservative and so focused on cutting taxes for the rich that it makes the GOP's mid-1990s Contract With America "look like the New Deal."

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12:35pm

Tue April 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Census Bureau's Website Is Coming Back: 1940 Data Now Viewable

Sara and Arthur Memmott, July 1939.
Family photo

After a tough start because of huge interest that overwhelmed servers, the Census Bureau's new website devoted to records from the 1940 census is showing signs of life.

Monday, as The Associated Press says, the website was "nearly paralyzed shortly after the records became available to the public":

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