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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7:38am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Home Prices Rise At Best Pace In Seven Years

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:02 am

This home was under contract last month in Chicago.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Led by more strong gains in Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, home prices in major U.S. cities were up just more than 12 percent on average in July vs. July 2012, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.

The average increase was the largest since February 2006, Reuters adds, and is yet another sign that the housing sector is among the economy's strongest sectors.

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6:44am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Word Spreads Far Of Canceled Wedding That Fed The Homeless

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:57 am

Carol Fowler (in blue dress) at the dinner her family turned into a charity event after her daughter's wedding was canceled.
Hosea Feed the Hungry, via Here & Now

We first heard about Carol and Willie Fowler's generosity from our friends at Here & Now late last week.

Now, the feel-good story of how they turned something sad into something glad is spreading across the Web.

ABC News describes what happened earlier this month in Atlanta this way:

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5:59am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

UPDATED: Obama And Iranian President Rouhani Will Not Meet

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 1:59 pm

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during an interview with NBC — part of a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly.
Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam AP
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro on what President Obama will tell the U.N.

Update at 3:07 p.m. ET. Leaders Will Not Meet:

After intense speculation that the United States and Iran were on the verge of making history today by coordinating a meeting between President Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, there came word this afternoon that the two would not meet during the ceremonies surrounding the opening session of the U.N. General Assembly.

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5:12am

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Siege Over, Kenya Has 'Defeated The Monster Of Terrorism'

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 2:12 pm

Kenyan police officers take cover outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi on Monday.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Update at 12:55 p.m. ET:

Telling his nation that security forces have "ashamed" those who attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday declared "we have defeated the monster of terrorism."

As night fell in Kenya and after four days that captured attention around the world, it appeared the crisis was over.

Kenyatta said, as the BBC reports, that the death toll from Saturday's attack by Somalia-based terrorists and the siege that followed was:

-- 61 civilians.

-- 6 security officers.

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12:01pm

Mon September 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Detroit Has Many Strays, But 'We're Not Tripping Over Dogs'

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 6:38 pm

A stray dog in Detroit last week.
Carlos Osorio AP

While there's a serious dog problem in Detroit, the initial results of an effort to count the number of homeless canines in the city indicate there are far fewer than the 50,000 strays that some news accounts have talked about.

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