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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8:01am

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Midwest's Floods Aren't Over, But So Far, So Good

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:51 pm

As the Mississippi River has risen in St. Louis, the city's Lewis and Clark statue has — as often happens in the spring — been partially submerged.
Bill Greenblatt UPI /Landov

The good news is that "the big river didn't get too big," The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes this morning.

"Sandbags held back the cresting Mississippi River from several towns north of St. Louis on Sunday," it adds, "while the forecast for the immediate vicinity remained high but manageable."

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7:17am

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Tsarnaev Charged: Suspected Boston Bomber Accused Of Using WMD

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 8:07 pm

A sign reading "Flying With Angels Krystle Campbell," is seen Monday as a passing MBTA bus with "Boston Strong" displayed on its message board drives through Medford, Mass. A funeral service for Campbell, one of the three people killed in the marathon bombings, was held later in the day.
C.J. Gunther EPA /LANDOV

(Most recent update: 7:00 p.m. ET.)

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill three people and wound more than 200 in what FBI investigators said evidence shows was a coldly calculated attack.

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10:46am

Sat April 20, 2013
The Two-Way

A Thank You To Al Neuharth, Founder Of 'USA Today'

Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today and former CEO of Gannett Co.
Roger L. Wollenberg UPI/Reuters

Al Neuharth died Friday at his home in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

He was 89.

Al's name may not be familiar to you, but this blogger hopes that you are acquainted with the newspaper he willed to life in 1982: USA Today.

From 1984 to 2009, I was either a reporter or editor — and sometimes both — at McPaper (a nickname that critics bestowed upon USA Today, but which those of us who were there in its best days adopted with the pride of underdogs).

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8:18am

Sat April 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Strong Quake In China Kills Dozens, Injures Thousands

A rescuer carries a child to safety after she was pulled out of her collapsed home after an earthquake hit Ya'an City in southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturday.
AFP/Getty Images

"A powerful earthquake jolted China's Sichuan province Saturday near where a devastating quake struck five years ago," The Associated Press writes. According to CNN, early estimates put the death toll around 100. More than 1,000 other people were reportedly injured. Both figures could change substantially as more information comes in.

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7:08am

Sat April 20, 2013
The Two-Way

The Search For Answers In Boston: Why? How? Anyone Else?

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 9:47 am

A memorial honors the victims of Monday's bombings near the Boston Marathon finish line on Saturday.
Michael Reynolds EPA /Landov

(Most recent update: 5:10 p.m. ET)

With the capture Friday night of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old surviving suspect in the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the story moves into a new phase — one of trying to answer critical questions.

-- Why?

-- How?

-- Was anyone else involved?

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4:38am

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 7:11 am

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., where Boston Police say they have captured the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
Matt Rourke AP

(We most recently updated this post at 11:10 p.m. ET on Friday. See this note about how we cover news such as this. For our running post about developments on Saturday, go here.)

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2:20pm

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston's Heroes Seriously Inspire Ray From 'Car Talk'

After the bombs went off Monday in Boston, bystanders, police and emergency personnel rushed to help those who were caught in the blasts, as this video image shows.
Marc Hagopian AFP/Getty Images
  • Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi on the Boston heroes

Jokes weren't on his mind Thursday morning when Car Talk funny guy Ray Magliozzi was a guest on WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

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1:05pm

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama: 'A Bomb Can't Beat Us'

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 1:37 pm

President Obama speaks Thursday during an interfaith service at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
C.J. Gunther EPA /LANDOV
  • LISTEN: The interfaith service

"Small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build" do not understand that "a bomb can't beat us," President Obama said Thursday in Boston.

His emotional vow came during an interfaith service to remember the victims of Monday's marathon bombings. It was also a service that served as a celebration of the American spirit and the bravery of the first responders, volunteers and spectators who rushed to the aid of those who were caught in the explosions.

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9:31am

Thu April 18, 2013

8:55am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Slightly Last Week

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan last month.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

There were 352,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 4,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

The "4-week moving average" that gauges the trend rose by 2,750, to 361,250.

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8:38am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Ricin Suspect Described As Conspiracist & Elvis Impersonator

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 6:44 pm

A screen image from a video on the YouTube channel where Paul Kevin Curtis has posted clips of his performances — in this case, as "Elvis."
YouTube.com

Paul Kevin Curtis, the 45-year-old Mississippi man arrested Wednesday in connection with the possibly ricin-tainted envelopes sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is "better known to some as a celebrity impersonator," The Clarion-Ledger writes.

The Jackson, Miss., newspaper adds:

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7:40am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Marathon Explosions: Thursday's Developments

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:11 am

The FBI released this photograph of a man they are calling a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
FBI

6:57am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Killed Several, Injured Dozens

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 8:04 pm

A chemical trailer sits among the remains of a fertilizer plant.
Mike Stone Reuters /Landov

11:46am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Second Suspicious Letter Found; Was Sent To Obama

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 9:04 pm

A Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT) truck outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Update at 8:44 p.m. ET. Authorities Make An Arrest:

Authorities have made an arrest in connection to the suspicious envelopes sent to a senator and President Obama.

The FBI identified the suspect as Paul Kevin Curtis.

The The Clarion Ledger reports:

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10:11am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Prosecutor Murder: Wife Of Jailed Ex-Justice Arrested

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:44 pm

A wreath of flowers in honor of slain District Attorney Mike McClelland at the Kaufman County [Texas] Courthouse in early April.
Richard Rodriguez Reuters /Landov

"The wife of a former justice of the peace is being held on a capital murder charge in the killings of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor," The Dallas Morning News reports.

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