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
10:30 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tell Us: Why Did Obama Win?

President Obama celebrating early this morning in Chicago.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images
  • NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Pew's Michael Dimock

Two-Way readers were pretty smart about when we would hear who won the White House.

It was 11:29 p.m. ET last night when we posted the news that "Obama wins."

And:

"Between 10 p.m. ET and midnight Tuesday" was the most popular choice by the 13,801 readers who answered our "when will we know who won?" question. It was picked by 32.2 percent.

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9:28 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Stocks Fall On 'Fiscal Cliff' Fears

On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.
Allison Joyce Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:02 pm

On the day after voters returned President Obama to the White House and kept Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in control of the House:

"Investors pulled back sharply ... [amid] rising worries about the upcoming fiscal fight in Congress," The Wall Street Journal writes.

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

We'll Be Live Blogging Tonight

Voting in Los Angeles today.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 10:42 pm

Here's the plan for our Election Night coverage:

-- Starting between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., we'll be live-blogging. Not here in The Two-Way, but right on the homefront of NPR.org and on our "Election Night 2012" results page. If all goes as planned, our updates should flow on to your screen automatically.

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2:12 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

After Driving On Sidewalk To Pass School Bus, Woman Must Wear 'Idiot' Sign

Caught in the act. Shena Hardin decided she wouldn't stop just because a school bus was pulled over. She went up on the sidewalk instead.
Fox8 Cleveland

"Justice has been served!" declares the man who helped police in Cleveland nab a woman who had been driving up on a sidewalk many mornings to get around a stopped school bus with children on board.

It's something 32-year-old Shena Hardin had done many times before, apparently, and for which a judge has now ordered her to wear a sign reading "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid the school bus."

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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

When Will We Know Who Won?

We'll know who won eventually. But when?
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Everybody tries to predict who will win.

What we wonder, though, is when will we know whether it will be President Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney taking the oath of office next January?

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2:50 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Shh! 400-Foot-Long Trailer Carrying Radioactive Material Is On Secret Mission

A screen image from a Mack Trucks video about one of the earlier hauls.
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12:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Superstorm Sandy: Latest Figures & How To Help Those In Need

Long Beach, N.Y.: Volunteers unloaded water at an aid distribution center on Sunday.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 3:13 pm

NPR librarians continue to help us keep track of the recovery from Superstorm Sandy and the deadly toll from the storm that blasted New Jersey, New York City and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England one week ago.

-- Number of deaths: At least 115 in the U.S., by NPR's count. The Associated Press reports there were at least 106 fatalities. There were 69 Sandy-related deaths in the Caribbean and two in Canada.

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11:19 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Election Guides? We've Got 'Em

In Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, folks lined up to cast early ballots.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

As Eyder said earlier, "it's almost over."

The campaign, that is.

But if you haven't had enough of it all yet, here's are three places to go if you're looking for tips on what to watch for and when to watch for it.

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10:22 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Boy Killed By Dogs At Pittsburgh Zoo: Onlookers' Screams 'Just Kept Coming'

A security guard closes the gate at the Pittsburgh Zoo, where a 2-year-old boy was killed Sunday.
John Heller AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:28 am

Witnesses describe a horribly heartbreaking scene Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium after a 2-year-old boy fell into an exhibit housing wild African dogs.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Alan Murray Of 'The Wall Street Journal' Named Pew Research Center's President

Alan Murray, deputy managing editor and executive editor, online, at The Wall Street Journal, is taking the post of president at the Pew Research Center.

He's succeeding a man who would certainly be familiar to many NPR listeners and to those who like to pore over polls. Andrew Kohut, who has been the center's president since its founding in 2004, will "stay on as founding director and continue to provide counsel on political polling and global attitudes research," the organization announced today.

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11:48 am
Fri November 2, 2012

As Tempers Flare At Stations, Moves Are Made To Get Gas To N.Y, N.J.

Rather than sit in their cars, many people on Staten Island today lined up at stations with gas cans — hoping to get a few gallons before supplies ran out.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 9:48 pm

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9:09 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Coast Guard Probing Tall Ship's Sinking; Captain Had Spoken About Hurricanes

The HMS Bounty as the tall ship sank Monday off the coast of North Carolina.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski/U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

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6:16 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Video May Show Rebels Executing Syrian Soldiers

In Aleppo, Syria, this week: A rebel crossed a ruined street. This image shows him in a mirror's reflection.
Javier Manzano AFP/Getty Images

A video that appears to show rebels in Syria executing a small group of soldiers from the regime of President Bashar Assad has prompted human rights groups and officials to appeal to all sides to respect the human rights of their prisoners.

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5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Job Growth Beats Forecasts; Unemployment Rate Is 7.9 Percent

How many signs like this were there in October? We got a clue today.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 9:37 am

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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1:06 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

University Of Alabama Names First Woman President

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

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

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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11:28 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Pay Phones Are Suddenly Important Again Because Of Sandy

A woman uses a pay phone in the Lower East Village in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Carlo Allegri Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 12:24 pm

"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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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Latest Figures On Deaths, Power Outages Related To Sandy

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 3:57 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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8:39 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Point In Nearly Five Years

"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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6:52 am
Thu November 1, 2012

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

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 7:02 am

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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6:25 am
Thu November 1, 2012

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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5:36 am
Thu November 1, 2012

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

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

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 8:56 am

  • 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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8:40 am
Wed October 31, 2012

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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6:49 am
Wed October 31, 2012

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

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5:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012

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

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

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 7:30 pm

  • 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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7:45 am
Tue October 30, 2012

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

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

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:54 pm

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4:42 am
Tue October 30, 2012

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

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

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:16 am

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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7:19 am
Mon October 29, 2012

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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5:11 am
Mon October 29, 2012

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

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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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Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 6:21 am

  • 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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4:19 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Sandy: Latest News As The Worst Begins To Be Felt

Broken and non-functional traffic lights hang over an intersection in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 9:18 am

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3:59 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

If Sandy Becomes 'Frankenstorm,' It Could Be Worst In A Century

National Hurricane Center's "5-day forecast cone" at 2 p.m. ET today (Oct. 26).
www.nhc.noaa.gov

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 8:52 am

"We're not trying to hype it," National Weather Service meterologist Paul Kocin tells Bloomberg News. "What we're seeing in some of our models is a storm at an intensity that we have not seen in this part of the country in the past century."

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