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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11:07am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Crime On The Farm: Hay Thefts Soar As Drought Deepens

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:09 am

That's a valuable commodity: A hay bale at a farm in Eatonton, Ga., earlier this year.
Erik S. Lesser EPA /Landov
  • Sheriff Bobby Whittington talks with NPR's Renee Montagne

Your crime fodder ... sorry, make that blotter ... news of the day.

From St. Louis:

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10:09am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Living On Food Stamps: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Starts Challenge Today

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:02 am

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

A campaign to raise awareness about the struggles of low-income Americans who depend on food stamps gets a high-profile plug today as Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., begins a week of living on $30 worth of food.

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9:17am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Iran Claims Drone Capture; Typhoon Bears Down On Philippines

Philippine Air Force troops use a rubber boat to evacuate residents from floods in Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines earlier today (Dec. 4).
Bobby Lagsa EPA /LANDOV

8:02am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Benghazi 'Talking Points' Watered Down By CIA, Not White House

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
Allison Joyce Reuters /Landov

"A highly cautious, bureaucratic process that had the effect of watering down the U.S.'s own intelligence" led to the controversial "talking points" that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used when she spoke about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, The Wall Street Journal reports this morning.

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7:22am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Disputes Iran's Claim To Have Captured Drone

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 1:50 pm

A screen image from the video released by Iranian TV of what the military there claims is a captured U.S. drone.
Press TV

The U.S. Navy says all its drones are "fully accounted for" — casting doubt on Iran's claim to have captured one of the small spycraft after it allegedly flew into Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf.

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2:33pm

Mon December 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Bridget Hughes Calls Off Search For Her Hat

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 3:15 pm

Bridget Hughes and her hat, before it went missing.
Facebook.com

The story of Bridget Hughes' missing hat struck a chord with many. It was the floppy hat her mom wore years ago when she had breast cancer and was having chemotherapy. Mom died when Bridget, now a volunteer preschool teacher in New Mexico, was seven.

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12:15pm

Mon December 3, 2012
The Two-Way

'Three Cups Of Tea' Co-Author Took Own Life, Medical Examiner Says

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 3:51 pm

Viking Press

David Oliver Relin, a journalist who had reported from around the world before gaining fame — and getting mired in controversy — as co-author of the best-selling Three Cups of Tea, took his own life when he died on Nov. 15 in Oregon, The New York Times reports.

It got that word from Relin's family.

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11:21am

Mon December 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge, Is Pregnant

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 1:23 pm

April 29, 2011: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after their wedding.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Here's the news you've been waiting for, royal watchers:

"The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby, St James's Palace has announced." (BBC News)

That would be Catherine, wife of Prince William (the Duke of Cambridge). They, of course, are the potential future king and queen.

The BBC adds that:

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10:17am

Mon December 3, 2012
The Two-Way

LeBron James Is 'Sportsman Of The Year,' Says 'Sports Illustrated'

LeBron James, during last summer's Olympics in a game against Spain.
Christian Petersen AFP/Getty Images

This news may not go over so well in Cleveland:

LeBron James, who led the Miami Heat to the NBA championship and Team USA to a gold medal in the London Olympics, is Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year."

According to SI, James "has morphed from the most imposing small forward in the league to the most dynamic all-around threat in the history of the league."

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9:20am

Mon December 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Murdoch's News Corp. Shuts Down 'The Daily'

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 10:01 am

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in February 2011, when The Daily was launched. Now, it's in shutdown mode.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Saying that "we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term," News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch said this morning that The Daily will "cease standalone publication" on Dec. 15.

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