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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5:12am

Wed April 9, 2014
The Two-Way

New Pings Have Head Of Search Optimistic Jet Will Soon Be Found

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 12:28 pm

"I'm now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not-too-distant future," the head of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 told reporters on Wednesday after an Australian ship detected two more pings that may be signals from the plane's black boxes.

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10:24am

Fri April 4, 2014
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Bush's 'Art Of Leadership' Puts Putin And Others On Display

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 11:01 am

Former President George W. Bush says his favorite from among the portraits he's painted of world leaders is the one he did of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. "I painted a gentle soul," he says.
George W. Bush Presidential Center

"The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" officially opens Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

As the nation's 43rd president says: "Who woulda thought it?"

Talking with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager during a pre-recorded interview on NBC-TV's Today show, the self-deprecating Bush says:

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7:56am

Fri April 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Racing's Michael Schumacher Has 'Moments Of Consciousness'

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

Michael Schumacher in April 2012.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

A little more than three months after he suffered a severe head injury while skiing in France, Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher is experiencing "moments of consciousness and awakening" his agent says.

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6:36am

Fri April 4, 2014
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Jobless Rate Holds Steady As Employers Add 192,000 Jobs

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 11:09 am

This recruiter was waiting to meet with job seekers at a career fair last year in King of Prussia, Pa.
Matt Slocum AP
This post has been updated.

The nation's unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Meanwhile, there were 192,000 more jobs on public and private payrolls last month — a bit under the 200,000 or so economists had expected but still above the average growth in previous months.

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5:45am

Fri April 4, 2014
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Fort Hood MP Hailed As Hero For Confronting Shooter

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:16 am

Bob Butler (left) and Bob Gordon paint crosses they placed in front of American flags at Central Christian Disciples of Christ church in the city of Killeen, Texas, which is home to Fort Hood.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

As investigators try to determine why Army Spc. Ivan Lopez would open fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, stories are emerging about the harrowing minutes on the post Wednesday and what are being described as the heroic actions of the military police officer who confronted the gunman.

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4:47am

Fri April 4, 2014
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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:16 am

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus is seen in a 2005 photo taken in Rome. She was killed Friday in Khost, Afghanistan. AP reporter Kathy Gannon was injured. A gunman opened fire on them as they sat in a car.
Peter Dejong AP

"A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan," the wire service reports.

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8:42am

Thu April 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Thousands Of Artifacts Seized At 91-Year-Old Indiana Man's Home

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:32 am

FBI agents work around a home in Rush County to confiscate what the agency is calling artifacts on Wednesday.
Kelly Wilkinson The Indianapolis Star

Federal agents, art experts and museum curators descended on the home of a 91-year-old man in central Indiana on Wednesday to take control of a huge collection of artifacts from Native American, Russian, Chinese and other cultures.

FBI Special Agent Robert Jones told reporters that the collection's cultural value "is immeasurable," reports RTV6 The Indy Channel.

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6:44am

Thu April 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:18 am

The scene at a job fair last fall in Van Nuys, Calif.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

There were 326,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up by 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday morning.

Although the number increased, claims remained at the lower end of the range they've been in for the past year and were running at a pace close to where they were before the economy sank into its latest recession in December 2007.

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6:02am

Thu April 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Early Evidence: Fort Hood Gunman Showed No Warning Signs

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:11 pm

SPC Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula between 2007 and 2008 during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard in this undated handout photo.
HANDOUT Reuters/Landov

A picture is beginning to emerge of 34-year-old Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, who officials have said is the man who opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood and killed at least three people and wounded another 16 before taking his own life.

The early signs indicate that while Lopez was being treated for depression or some other type of mental issue, he had shown no sign he might be a threat to either himself or others.

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5:12am

Thu April 3, 2014
The Two-Way

'We Do Not Expect Any More Fatalities,' Doctor Says Of Fort Hood Victims

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:37 pm

Sgt. First Class Erick Rodriguez stood guard at the entrance to Fort Hood as officials prepared to brief the news media about Wednesday's attack at the post.
Erich Schlegel Reuters/Landov

On the day after a deadly shooting incident on the grounds of Fort Hood, Texas, in which a gunman killed at least three people, wounded 16 and then reportedly killed himself, there was this welcome news:

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11:14am

Wed April 2, 2014
The Two-Way

GM Has 'Culture Of Cover-Up,' Key Senator Says

General Motors CEO Mary Barra as she testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Day Two of General Motors CEO Mary Barra's time testifying before Congress about safety problems with her company's cars has been highlighted by a top senator saying the company "repeatedly lied" about its problems and has fostered a "culture of cover-up."

From The Detroit News:

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9:04am

Wed April 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Drones Will Not Be Hunted In Colorado Town

It's going to remain safe for drones in the skies above Deer Trail, Colo.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection AP

You won't be able to fire away at government drones — if any were to fly by — in Deer Trail, Colo.

A proposal to issue $25 drone hunting licenses was rejected Tuesday by voters in the little town about 55 miles east of Denver.

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7:55am

Wed April 2, 2014
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'Race Card Project' Is Among Peabody Award Winners

Michele Norris
Stephen Voss

This year's Peabody Award winners for excellence in electronic media include The Race Card Project from NPR's Michele Norris.

Her project, which was featured in a series of reports on Morning Edition, invites people to distill their "thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence that only has six words."

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6:56am

Wed April 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Job Growth Picked Up Some Speed In March, Survey Signals

Kiara Crawford, Brittney Winkler and Jessyca Freeman (left to right) were among those applying for work last month at a job fair in Washington, D.C. Early data from that month signal that job growth may have gained some speed.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The first slice of data about job growth in March offers some hope that the U.S. labor market gained some strength:

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6:23am

Wed April 2, 2014
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Oso Mudslide: As List Of Missing Shrinks, Death Toll Rises

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:45 pm

A flag flies at half-staff in the midst of the mudslide rubble in Oso, Wash.
U.S. Army National Guard/handout Reuters/Landov
This post will be updated as news comes in.

Here is some of the latest news from Oso, Wash., the tiny community north of Seattle that was devastated by a mudslide on March 22:

-- Death Toll At 29: Authorities say the number of confirmed fatalities as of this morning was 29. (We updated that figure at 11:15 a.m. ET.)

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5:02am

Wed April 2, 2014
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Tense Hours, Then Sighs Of Relief After Huge Quake Off Chile

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:32 am

Scared residents hug in the hallway of an apartment building Tuesday after Iquique, Chile, was rocked by a strong earthquake.
Cristian Viveros AP

The extent of the damage isn't yet clear and the six deaths reported so far may be followed by news of other fatalities.

But on the morning after a massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern Chile there are sighs of relief there and in neighboring Peru.

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11:08am

Tue April 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Red Sox Rock The White House With Flag Jacket And Presidential Selfie

President Obama and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox on the front line of a group selfie Tuesday.
Twitter.com/davidortiz

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes had hoped everyone on his team would wear one of the American flag blazers he bought for them all before their visit to the White House today.

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10:23am

Tue April 1, 2014
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Tiger Woods Will Miss The Masters After Back Surgery

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:16 am

Tiger Woods last month at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla. His back has been hurting him.
Robert Duyos MCT/Landov

Tiger Woods' quest to win another of golf's "major" tournaments has been put on hold.

Woods announced on his website Tuesday morning that "he has undergone a successful microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months. The surgery was performed Monday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich."

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7:57am

Tue April 1, 2014
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Report: British Army Sniper's Single Shot Kills 6 Taliban

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:07 pm

British Army Gurkha snipers in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in November 2007.
Steve Lewis Reuters/Landov

A shot fired by a British Army sniper at a suspected Taliban fighter in Afghanistan last December ended up killing not just the man in the marksman's sights but also five other men who were thought to be militant soldiers, The Telegraph reports.

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6:50am

Tue April 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Missing Malaysian Jet May Never Be Found, Head Of Search Warns

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:02 am

Angus Houston, the retired Australian air chief marshal who is leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Lui Siu Wai Xinhua/Landov

"The head of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has raised the possibility that no wreckage from the passenger jet may ever be found, revealing authorities have a very poor understanding about how fast or far it traveled," The Sydney Morning Herald writes.

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