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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4:56am

Thu January 9, 2014
The Two-Way

'I Had Been Drinking,' Rodman Says In Apology For Comments

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:24 am

Dennis Rodman in December, during one of his previous visits to North Korea.
David Guttenfelder AP

Saying that "I had been drinking," former NBA player Dennis Rodman has had his publicist issue an apology for the obscenity-laced rant he went on earlier this week during an interview on CNN.

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9:53am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Emails Tie Gov. Christie's Aides To Lane Closings Controversy

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:20 pm

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.
Kena Betancur Getty Images

Update at 8:15 p.m. ET: Gov. Christie Responds

In the late afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie released a statement expressing anger at the situation and denying involvement in what appeared to be an act of political payback:

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8:47am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Maddux, Glavine And Thomas Going To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:43 pm

At the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., a young fan reads about the game's greats.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images
Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

Two great pitchers from the Atlanta Braves and one great slugger who spent many of his best years with the Chicago White Sox are the newest additions to baseball's Hall of Fame.

The new inductees were announced at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday and they are:

-- Greg Maddux of the Braves

-- Tom Glavine of the Braves and later the New York Mets

-- Frank Thomas, who played for Oakland and Toronto as well as the White Sox. He's the first player who spent most of his career as a designated hitter to be put in the Hall of Fame.

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7:12am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Hell Has Frozen Over, Headline Writers Rejoice

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:13 am

Hell, Mich., is embracing its frozen fame. The town's Facebook page now features this photo from 2003.
Keasha LeClear-Morse Facebook.com/gotohellmichigan

When it gets super-cold in Hell, Mich., guess what headline writers and radio hosts have to say about it:

Hell Has Frozen Over

A Google News search of that phrase at 8:45 a.m. ET Wednesday turned up 3,980 results.

The hardy souls in the tiny town near Ann Arbor don't seem to mind the attention.

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5:30am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Ships Break Free In Antarctica, U.S. Icebreaker Not Needed

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 8:56 am

The Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xue Long broke free from ice and was back in the open waters off Antarctica on Tuesday.
Zhang Jiansong Xinhua/Landov

There's good news from Antarctica, where two ships that had been stuck in ice — one of them for about two weeks — have managed to get to open waters.

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