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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11:47am

Sat November 16, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Soldier Accused Of Murder In Deaths Of Deaf Iraqi Boys

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 2:13 pm

A U.S. Army sergeant who in 2007 allegedly shot and killed two unarmed deaf Iraqi boys who had no known ties to the insurgents then battling American forces, has now been charged with two counts of premeditated murder.

The story of what Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera allegedly did was spelled out in detail last December by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. An online version of the newspaper's 8-page report is posted here. It began its package of stories this way:

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10:47am

Sat November 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Princeton Meningitis Cases Spur Emergency Import Of Vaccine

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 1:48 pm

Princeton University's Nassau Hall.
DANIEL HULSHIZER AP

A seventh case since March of bacterial meningitis among students at New Jersey's Princeton University has federal health officials considering the use of "an emergency vaccine," The Star-Ledger writes.

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9:49am

Sat November 16, 2013
The Two-Way

As He Retires, Cricket Superstar Gets India's Highest Honor

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 1:42 pm

Students in Ahmadabad, India, honored cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar in their own way earlier this week.
Siddharaj Solanki AP

8:43am

Sat November 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Suicide Bombing Causes Multiple Deaths In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 1:37 pm

An Afghan police officer stands near some of the wreckage after Saturday's suicide bombing in Kabul.
Anja Niedringhaus AP

A suicide bombing Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan, near the site where elders will meet next week to debate a security pact with the U.S. caused multiple deaths and injuries, NPR's Sean Carberry tells our Newscast Desk.

He reports that:

"The huge blast destroyed cars and shops and scattered debris for more than 100 yards. Witnesses describe seeing injured and dead civilians being pulled from the scene. Afghan officials claim the bomber was under surveillance and exploded his vehicle when stopped at the checkpoint."

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8:36am

Sat November 16, 2013
The Two-Way

How'd They Do That? Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'Epic Split'

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 1:31 pm

The easy part: Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme before the trucks started backing up and he did his "epic split."
Volvo Trucks

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