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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4:11pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Heroin & Alcohol Killed 'Glee' Star Monteith, Coroner Says

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 4:12 pm

Actor Cory Monteith on June 8 in Los Angeles. He died Saturday in Vancouver, Canada.
Jonathan Leibson Getty Images for Chrysalis

3:36pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Liz Cheney, Daughter Of Former VP, To Run For Senate

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 10:55 am

Liz Cheney in 2010.
Chris Usher CBS/Landov

Liz Cheney, the elder of former Vice President Dick Cheney's two daughters, a former State Department official and a conservative commentator who's often on Fox, is going to challenge Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi in next year's Republican primary.

According to The Associated Press, Cheney, 46, confirmed what had been wide speculation about her plans on Tuesday — not long after the 69-year-old Enzi said that he will seek a fourth term.

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3:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Holder Calls For 'Hard Look' At 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 4:34 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the annual convention of the NAACP in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday. Holder told the convention that "Stand Your Ground" laws that have been adopted in 30 states should be reconsidered.
David Manning Reuters /Landov

Saying that "it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods," Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Tuesday called for a reexamination of so-called stand your ground laws.

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1:47pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

'Dear George Zimmerman' Letter Hits Home With Many

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 2:46 pm

George Zimmerman during his trial.
Joe Burbank/pool UPI/Landov

There are obviously more provocative things being written and said about the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman than we could ever hope to keep up with.

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12:36pm

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 1:32 pm

Michael Boatwright, an amnesia sufferer who now refers to himself as Johan Ek, during an interview at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif.
Jay Calderon The Desert Sun

One of the odder stories of the day is that of 61-year-old Michael Boatwright, "a Florida man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a Southern California motel," as The Associated Press writes.

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