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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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Media Blogger Romenesko Resigns After Questions About Attribution

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 7:02 am

Jim Romenesko, a blogger who pioneered online reporting about the news media, "has submitted his resignation" to the Poynter Institute "and I have accepted it," Poynter's online director Julie Moos writes.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Alleged Victim's Mother Was 'Horrified'

Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary.
Chris Gardner Getty Images

Here are some of the latest developments in the scandal at Penn State, where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade (he says he's innocent) and head coach Joe Paterno has been fired after coming under withering criticism for not having done more to investigate the allegations:

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The Two-Way
6:02 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Turn It Up: 11-11-11 Is Here And Folks Are Overly Excited

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 6:00 am

There's so much that can be said about this day's date.

The arrival of Nov. 11, 2011, or 11-11-11, brings with it:

-- "Nigel Tufnel Day." Spinal Tap fans know: 11 is "one louder."

-- All Songs Considered's 11 songs you can turn up to 11.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

We Pause On Veterans Day To Reread 'In Flanders Fields'

At Arlington National Cemetery.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 7:01 am

Before we move on to the day's news, serious and silly, we want to pause for a moment to note that it's Veterans Day.

As President Obama's declaration states, on this day Americans "pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families." And, the proclamation adds, "to honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country's call."

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Kidnapping Of MLB's Wilson Ramos Part Of Trend In Venezuela

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals during a game in Phoenix on June 2, 2011.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals appears to be the first Major League Baseball player to have fallen victim to what's become an alarming trend in Venezuela: the kidnapping and holding for ransom of the rich. He was grabbed Wednesday by gunmen and hasn't been seen since.

But he's not the first major leaguer to have been touched by the epidemic of kidnappings-for-ransom in Venezuela.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Families Of Alleged Victims Upset By Protests, Jokes

Police (center) had to move in to disperse the crowd in the streets of State College, Pa., Wednesday night after students and others gathered to protest the firing of football coach Joe Paterno.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 9:48 pm

With so much attention being given to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and school President Graham Spanier, as well the long-term impact on the school from the sexual abuse scandal that came to light at Penn State this week, there's a danger of the alleged victims being forgotten.

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The Two-Way
10:01 am
Thu November 10, 2011

French Court Convicts Cyclist Floyd Landis In Hacking Of Doping Lab

Floyd Landis, left, and then-teammate Lance Armstrong during the 2004 Tour de France.
Bernard Papon AP

Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, today was convicted in absentia by a French court "for his role in hacking into the computers of a French doping lab," The Associated Press reports. Landis was given a suspended sentence of 12 months.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Penn State's Trustees: Paterno's Firing Is In School's 'Best Interest'

For Penn State's Joe Paterno, the winningest football coach in Division I history, his career ends with this statement Wednesday night from the school's board of trustees:

"The board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately."

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

'Family Circus' Cartoonist Bil Keane Has Died, He Was 89

Bil Keane, whose "Family Circus" comics have been appearing in newspapers since 1960, died Tuesday in Arizona at the age of 89.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Co-Author Of Accused Penn State Coach's Book Calls News 'Disheartening'

The fact that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's 2001 biography was called Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story, is generating some pretty pointed commentary on Amazon.com this week.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Man's Video Shows Oakland Officer Shooting Him With Rubber Bullet

That flash in the middle is from the weapon that fired the rubber bullet at Scott Campbell in Oakland last week.
Scott Campbell video

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Wed November 9, 2011

'This Is Only A Test;' National Alert System Gets Trial Run Today

Don't be alarmed at 2 p.m. ET today when broadcasters across the U.S., including NPR stations, take part in the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.

After all, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports for our Newscast Desk, "remember, this is only a test."

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Son Says Penn State Coach Paterno Will Retire At End Of Season

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 4:19 pm

Saying "I wish I had done more" about accusations that one of his former assistants had been sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno just confirmed that he will retire at the end of this season.

The 84-year-old Paterno, who holds the record for most wins by a Division I coach, released this statement moments ago:

"I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Top Stories: Cain Allegations, Penn State Scandal, 2011 Elections

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 7:37 am

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The Two-Way
7:09 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Cain Accuser Says She Didn't Want Controversy

Cain accuser and longtime government employee Karen Kraushaar once worked as a spokesperson for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She offered a statement after meeting with the Miami family of Elian Gonzalez in March of 2000.
Miami Herald Getty Images

A few of the developments since our last post about the sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain — who calls them "false, anonymous, incorrect accusations":

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Trustees' Support For Paterno Said To Be 'Eroding'

Scott Paterno, left, greeted his father — Penn State football coach Joe Paterno — as the coach arrived at his home, Tuesday evening in State College, Pa. Hundreds of students had gathered to show support for the coach.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 6:27 am

Catching up on some of the latest developments in the scandal at Penn State University — where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing young boys, two university officials have been charged with lying to a grand jury and not alerting police, and there have been calls for legendary coach Joe Paterno to step down because of concern that he didn't do enough to alert authorities to what was allegedly happening:

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The Two-Way
5:40 am
Wed November 9, 2011

2011 Election Results: Mixed Messages

Voter stickers at a polling station Tuesday in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

As news outlets try to decipher what Tuesday's election results tell us about what voters are thinking, they're reaching various conclusions.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Coming Up: Herman Cain Interview

"I can categorically say I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain just told ABC News' Jonathan Karl on a live ABC/Yahoo webcast.

Responding to the latest accusation by a woman — Sharon Bialek of Chicago — who says he sexually harassed her in the late 1990s, Cain said the charge is "baseless, bogus and false" and that Bialek is lying.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

'Superstar Conservative' Judge Writes Opinion Upholding Health Care Law

"An appeals court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan just wrote an opinion affirming the constitutionality of the federal law overhauling health care," our colleague Scott Hensley writes over at the Shots blog.

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The Two-Way
11:03 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Another Cain Accuser Identified

Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old federal employee and registered Republican, has been identified as one of the two women who in the late 1990s settled claims of sexual harassment against 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, our colleague Liz Halloran reports on the It's All Politics blog and the NPR Newscast.

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The Two-Way
8:56 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Berlusconi Loses Majority In Key Vote

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, holds the hand of Reforms Minister Umberto Bossi during a must-watched vote at the Lower Chamber, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 2:38 pm

Update at 2:26 p.m. ET. In a meeting with Italy's president, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi offered to resign after Parliament approved a budget filled with new austerity measures.

The Guardian reports that President Giorgio Napolitano broke the news in a statement that read in part:

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

White House: Government Has No Evidence Of Extraterrestrial Life

We're pretty sure these guys are in costumes. (2004 file photo from Comic-Con Convention in San Diego.)
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

This probably isn't going to satisfy many of those who think of The X-Files as a documentary series, but the Obama administration has now put the White House on record as saying the government doesn't have any evidence of life "out there."

And the Obama team doesn't believe anything's being hidden from us.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Reports: Sarkozy Heard Telling Obama That Netanyahu Is 'A Liar'

President Obama, right, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy last Thursday in Cannes, France.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 7:33 am

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was overheard last week telling President Obama that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "a liar," according to reports from Reuters, The Associated Press and other news outlets.

Sarkozy also said of Netanyahu that "I can't stand him," the stories say.

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The Two-Way
6:35 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Should Penn State Clean House, Including Paterno?

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 1997.
Rick Stewart Getty Images

The allegations that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused young boys and that university officials, including legendary coach Joe Paterno, had been warned years ago about what was supposedly happening and never informed police have raised an obvious question:

Is it time for the 84-year-old Paterno to step down and for a complete "house cleaning" of the school's football program?

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Boxer Joe Frazier, Who Beat Ali In The 'Fight Of The Century,' Has Died

Joe Frazier (left) hits Muhammad Ali during the 15th round of their heavyweight title bout — the "Fight of the Century" — at New York's Madison Square Garden in March 1971.
AP

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 6:02 am

A "sledgehammer left hook" that put Muhammad Ali on the canvas in 1971 pretty much tells the story of Joe Frazier's career, NPR's Tom Goldman says.

"It was as crushing and symbolic" as any of Frazier's punches over his long career, Tom said on Morning Edition. "It put his bitter rival, Muhammad Ali, on his 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee' keister at Madison Square Garden in what came to be known as the "Fight of the Century."

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The Two-Way
5:22 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Cain: 'There's Not An Ounce Of Truth' In Latest Allegations

Sharon Bialek, left, aired her accusations against Herman Cain during a news conference Monday in New York City. The event was organized by lawyer Gloria Allred, right.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 9:23 am

After watching a woman accuse him Monday of groping her and other inappropriate sexual behavior, "I says 'well, I know what we got to do,' because there's not a ounce of truth in all of these accusations," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said early today on ABC TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Cain said he'll be holding a news conference this afternoon in Phoenix to address the allegations.

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