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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The Two-Way
5:25 am
Mon November 14, 2011

After 'Frenetic' Weekend, Italy Rushes To Limit Financial Damage

Italy's premier-designate, Mario Monti, on Sunday in Rome.
Pier Paolo Cito AP

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 7:25 am

It was a weekend "of frenetic political activity" in Italy, as NPR's Sylvia Poggioli said on Morning Edition, and now the race is on there and in Greece to see if new governments can get those nations' economies back on track and head off a further spread of the so-called eurozone crisis.

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The Two-Way
5:10 am
Mon November 14, 2011

In Norway, Confessed Mass Murderer Claims To Be 'Military Commander'

Anders Behring Breivik in 2009.
Norwegian police AFP/Getty Images

Saying "I am a military commander" of a "Norwegian resistance movement" and that prison is torture, the man who has already confessed to the July gun and bomb attacks in Norway that left 77 people dead made his first public court

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Mood Is 'Subdued' At Penn State As Game Time Nears

The stands were blue at Penn State University this afternoon, as students and fans of the school's football team showed their symbolic support for victims of child sexual abuse.

Most of the more than 107,000 spectators at the game against Nebraska were wearing blue and many gave money to organizations that battle sexual abuse — their way of responding to the allegations that a former assistant football coach at the school abused young boys for more than a decade, sometimes on campus.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

No Firings At SEC For Missing Madoff's Massive Ponzi Scheme

Seven employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission have been disciplined, but no one has been fired, after investigations into how the agency failed to stop Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme despite repeated warnings that he was stealing billions of dollars from investors, The Washington Post reports.

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

'Blue Out' Planned At Penn State Game To Focus Attention On Victims

The "stop child abuse" blue ribbon.
Blue Out PSU vs. Nebraska — Stop Child Abuse!

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 12:23 pm

All the attention this week on the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, the protests afterward by many of the school's students and the actions or inaction of school officials when they learned that a former assistant football coach might have been sexually abusing young boy

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Mexico's Second-Highest Official Killed In Helicopter Crash

Mexican Interior Secretary Francisco Blake Mora.
Mexican Interior Ministry AFP/Getty Images

Mexican authorities say Secretary of the Interior Francisco Blake Mora, "the highest ranking official in the country after the president" and the person in charge of the fight against drug cartels, has been killed in a helicopter crash, The Associated Press reports from Mexico City. Seven other people also died, according to the Mexican government.

Reuters says that local media are reporting that the minister's helicopter went down south of Mexico City.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Fri November 11, 2011

MF Global Fires All 1,066 Brokerage Employees

The spectacular collapse of the brokerage unit at MF Global has now cost all 1,066 employees their jobs.

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Rep. Giffords Speaks: Feels 'Pretty Good,' She Tells ABC

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) during her interview with ABC News.
ABC News

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 9:41 am

For the many Americans who have been following the story of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) as she recovers from being shot in the head last January, there's now a chance to briefly hear her voice.

She feels "pretty good," Giffords has told ABC News' Diane Sawyer, although things are still "difficult."

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State's Interim President: 'My Heart Aches'

"My heart aches for the victims and the families and my mind searches for answers," Penn State University's interim president, Rodney Erickson, just said at the opening of a meeting of the school's board of trustees.

WPVI-TV is streaming the meeting here.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Fri November 11, 2011

VIDEO: Gov. Perry's 'Top 10 Excuses'

It's become the formula.

1. Have an embarrassing gaffe, such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry did during Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, when he couldn't remember the third of three federal agencies he would eliminate.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Media Blogger Romenesko Resigns After Questions About Attribution

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 7:02 am

Jim Romenesko, a blogger who pioneered online reporting about the news media, "has submitted his resignation" to the Poynter Institute "and I have accepted it," Poynter's online director Julie Moos writes.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Alleged Victim's Mother Was 'Horrified'

Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary.
Chris Gardner Getty Images

Here are some of the latest developments in the scandal at Penn State, where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade (he says he's innocent) and head coach Joe Paterno has been fired after coming under withering criticism for not having done more to investigate the allegations:

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The Two-Way
6:02 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Turn It Up: 11-11-11 Is Here And Folks Are Overly Excited

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 6:00 am

There's so much that can be said about this day's date.

The arrival of Nov. 11, 2011, or 11-11-11, brings with it:

-- "Nigel Tufnel Day." Spinal Tap fans know: 11 is "one louder."

-- All Songs Considered's 11 songs you can turn up to 11.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

We Pause On Veterans Day To Reread 'In Flanders Fields'

At Arlington National Cemetery.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 7:01 am

Before we move on to the day's news, serious and silly, we want to pause for a moment to note that it's Veterans Day.

As President Obama's declaration states, on this day Americans "pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families." And, the proclamation adds, "to honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country's call."

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Kidnapping Of MLB's Wilson Ramos Part Of Trend In Venezuela

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals during a game in Phoenix on June 2, 2011.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals appears to be the first Major League Baseball player to have fallen victim to what's become an alarming trend in Venezuela: the kidnapping and holding for ransom of the rich. He was grabbed Wednesday by gunmen and hasn't been seen since.

But he's not the first major leaguer to have been touched by the epidemic of kidnappings-for-ransom in Venezuela.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Families Of Alleged Victims Upset By Protests, Jokes

Police (center) had to move in to disperse the crowd in the streets of State College, Pa., Wednesday night after students and others gathered to protest the firing of football coach Joe Paterno.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 9:48 pm

With so much attention being given to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and school President Graham Spanier, as well the long-term impact on the school from the sexual abuse scandal that came to light at Penn State this week, there's a danger of the alleged victims being forgotten.

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The Two-Way
10:01 am
Thu November 10, 2011

French Court Convicts Cyclist Floyd Landis In Hacking Of Doping Lab

Floyd Landis, left, and then-teammate Lance Armstrong during the 2004 Tour de France.
Bernard Papon AP

Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, today was convicted in absentia by a French court "for his role in hacking into the computers of a French doping lab," The Associated Press reports. Landis was given a suspended sentence of 12 months.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Penn State's Trustees: Paterno's Firing Is In School's 'Best Interest'

For Penn State's Joe Paterno, the winningest football coach in Division I history, his career ends with this statement Wednesday night from the school's board of trustees:

"The board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately."

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

'Family Circus' Cartoonist Bil Keane Has Died, He Was 89

Bil Keane, whose "Family Circus" comics have been appearing in newspapers since 1960, died Tuesday in Arizona at the age of 89.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Co-Author Of Accused Penn State Coach's Book Calls News 'Disheartening'

The fact that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's 2001 biography was called Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story, is generating some pretty pointed commentary on Amazon.com this week.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Man's Video Shows Oakland Officer Shooting Him With Rubber Bullet

That flash in the middle is from the weapon that fired the rubber bullet at Scott Campbell in Oakland last week.
Scott Campbell video

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Wed November 9, 2011

'This Is Only A Test;' National Alert System Gets Trial Run Today

Don't be alarmed at 2 p.m. ET today when broadcasters across the U.S., including NPR stations, take part in the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.

After all, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports for our Newscast Desk, "remember, this is only a test."

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Son Says Penn State Coach Paterno Will Retire At End Of Season

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 4:19 pm

Saying "I wish I had done more" about accusations that one of his former assistants had been sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno just confirmed that he will retire at the end of this season.

The 84-year-old Paterno, who holds the record for most wins by a Division I coach, released this statement moments ago:

"I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Top Stories: Cain Allegations, Penn State Scandal, 2011 Elections

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 7:37 am

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The Two-Way
7:09 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Cain Accuser Says She Didn't Want Controversy

Cain accuser and longtime government employee Karen Kraushaar once worked as a spokesperson for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She offered a statement after meeting with the Miami family of Elian Gonzalez in March of 2000.
Miami Herald Getty Images

A few of the developments since our last post about the sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain — who calls them "false, anonymous, incorrect accusations":

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Trustees' Support For Paterno Said To Be 'Eroding'

Scott Paterno, left, greeted his father — Penn State football coach Joe Paterno — as the coach arrived at his home, Tuesday evening in State College, Pa. Hundreds of students had gathered to show support for the coach.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 6:27 am

Catching up on some of the latest developments in the scandal at Penn State University — where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing young boys, two university officials have been charged with lying to a grand jury and not alerting police, and there have been calls for legendary coach Joe Paterno to step down because of concern that he didn't do enough to alert authorities to what was allegedly happening:

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The Two-Way
5:40 am
Wed November 9, 2011

2011 Election Results: Mixed Messages

Voter stickers at a polling station Tuesday in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

As news outlets try to decipher what Tuesday's election results tell us about what voters are thinking, they're reaching various conclusions.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Coming Up: Herman Cain Interview

"I can categorically say I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain just told ABC News' Jonathan Karl on a live ABC/Yahoo webcast.

Responding to the latest accusation by a woman — Sharon Bialek of Chicago — who says he sexually harassed her in the late 1990s, Cain said the charge is "baseless, bogus and false" and that Bialek is lying.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

'Superstar Conservative' Judge Writes Opinion Upholding Health Care Law

"An appeals court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan just wrote an opinion affirming the constitutionality of the federal law overhauling health care," our colleague Scott Hensley writes over at the Shots blog.

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