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
12:18 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

California's Prop 8 Same-Sex Marriage Ban Looks Headed To Supreme Court

A federal appeals court in San Francisco says it will not reconsider an earlier ruling that California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

That means, as our colleagues at KQED's News Fix blog report, that "Prop 8 supporters will almost certainly ask the United States Supreme Court to hear the case."

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Disney To Put Limits On Food Ads In Bid To Nudge Kids To Eat Healthier

Mickey thinks kids should eat better.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 6:53 pm

With an endorsement from first lady Michelle Obama for its effort, Walt Disney Co. confirmed this morning that it is going to apply new standards to food ads aimed at children and their families during programming for kids. The entertainment giant says it will try "to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles."

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The Two-Way
9:54 am
Tue June 5, 2012

This Video May Creep You Out: Artist Turns Dearly Departed Cat Into Helicopter

Orville, the flying helicopter cat made by artist Bert Jansen. The cat is part of an art fair in Amsterdam.
Ade Johnson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 1:20 pm

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Fete Fit For A Queen: Diamond Jubilee Draws To A Close

Queen Elizabeth II, as she rode toward Buckingham Palace earlier today. The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) rode beside her. Also in the carriage: the Prince of Wales (Charles).
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 1:51 pm

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Syria Bars 17 Western Diplomats, Including U.S. Ambassador

Calling them "persona non grata," Syria today told 17 diplomats — including the U.S. ambassador — that they are no longer welcome in the country.

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Tue June 5, 2012

As Sandusky Trial Begins, A 'Two-Minute Guide' To The Case

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky as he arrived at a courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., this morning.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Jury selection starts today in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces allegations that he sexually abused at least 10 boys over 15 years, sometimes on the school's campus. Sandusky has pleaded innocent.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Connecticut Family Of Six, Houston Sisters Among Dead In Nigerian Crash

Monday, before a storm blew through, rescuers and firefighters searched through the crash site in Lagos.
Emmanuel Arewa AFP/Getty Images

"A torrential downpour and strong winds prevented emergency crews from returning Tuesday morning to a devastated neighborhood where a commercial airliner crashed, killing all 153 people aboard the plane and an undetermined number of people on the ground," The Associated Press reports from Lagos.

The wire service adds that:

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Decision Day Arrives In Wisconsin

Getting out the vote: In Janesville, Wis., on Monday, Democrat Wanda Sonnentag was calling voters.
Scott Olson Getty Images
  • Don Gonyea, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Polls open at 7 a.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) in Wisconsin, where the bitter battle over whether to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker is finally coming to a conclusion.

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Reports: Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaida's 'Leading Propagandist'

Abu Yahya al-Libi in an October 2011 video obtained by the watchdog group IntelCenter.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 12:59 pm

The man described as al-Qaida's "leading propagandist" and the No. 2 leader in that terrorist organization was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Monday, NPR, CNN and The Associated Press say they've been told by "a U.S. official."

That word came around 1:40 p.m. ET.

Our original post. Reports: Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaida's 'Leading Propagandist'

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The Two-Way
1:19 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

'Cricket Comes First,' India's Tendulkar Says After Joining Parliament

Sachin Tendulkar kisses his helmet after scoring his 100th century (100 runs) in a March match against Bangladesh.
Munir uz Zaman AFP/Getty Images

Since we've followed cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar's heroics on the pitch, we should note that he's now a member of India's upper house of parliament.

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