Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at USATODAY.com, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.

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2:20pm

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Did Geographers Predict Where Bin Laden Would Be? Close, But Not Exactly

"I'd never heard of the city of Abbottabad" before Sunday, UCLA professor Thomas Gillespie said with a laugh after he got on the phone with us this afternoon.

So much for the rather breathless blogging yesterday after Science Magazine's initial story about work done by Gillespie, fellow professor John Agnew and students in 2009.

At first, some readers thought Science had made it sound like Gillespie's team had said two years ago that there was an 88.9 percent likelihood that Osama bin Laden would be hiding out in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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1:33pm

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Says Bin Laden Photos Will Not Be Released, CBS Reports

2:32 p.m. ET: Fearing that their release could pose a risk to national security because they might incite violence, President Obama has decided not to make public any post-mortem photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the White House announced this afternoon.

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12:19pm

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Native Americans Offended By Codename 'Geronimo' In Bin Laden Mission

It's been confirmed, by CIA Director Leon Panetta, that when U.S. commandos reported that they had killed Osama bin Laden, they used the codeword "Geronimo."

And to confirm the al-Qaida leader's death, they reportedly said "Geronimo EKIA" (enemy killed in action).

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10:50am

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Third Levee Levee Blast Planned In Missouri

After two blasts yesterday that opened breaches in levees along the Mississippi River in Missouri — to flood rural areas in the hope that doing so will relieve pressure upstream along the Ohio River — the Army Corps of Engineers plans a third explosion for some time today, KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Mo., reports.

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10:15am

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Job Growth Slowed In April, Private Researchers Say

There were 179,000 more private sector jobs last month, according to the ADP National Employment Report released earlier this morning. The researchers revised up their estimate of job growth in March — to a gain of 207,000 jobs, vs. the previous estimate of 201,000.

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9:50am

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Obama Aides Disagree On Release Of Bin Laden Photo

Originally published on Wed May 4, 2011 1:37 pm

Update at 1:40 p.m. ET: "Obama Says Bin Laden Photos Will Not Be Released, CBS Reports.

Our original post:

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9:05am

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

SEAL Team Six: The 'Best Of The Best'

There are some stories to pass along this morning about the elite U.S. commandos who carried out the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan and killed the al-Qaida leader.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Tom Bowman profiled SEAL Team Six, the unit that conducted the dangerous mission.

Tom sent us this additional material:

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8:25am

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

On Whether Bin Laden Was Armed, Here's What Officials Said

In the first few hours after the world learned that U.S. forces had killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, most news reports said he had been involved in the firefight at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and at least implied that he was armed when he died.

And it was said that a woman on the scene had been used as a human shield.

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3:15pm

Tue May 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Happy 40th To 'All Things Considered'

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 11:45 am

Robert Conley, 85, last month in NPR's Studio 2A.
Coburn Dukehart/NPR
  • ATC hosts
  • Theme music and introduction
  • The first show's line-up
  • Robert Conley on the day's big story
  • The sounds of the streets
  • The first half hour of the first All Things Considered

Turning 40 is a good thing when it's a news program you're talking about. It's a sure sign you must be doing a lot of things right.

Today, All Things Considered hits that mark.

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12:25pm

Tue May 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Job Approval Up 9 Points After Bin Laden's Death, Pew Poll Shows

President Obama's job approval rating "has jumped in the wake of [Osama] bin Laden's killing," the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press just reported. It says that "in the one-day survey, 56% say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president while 38% disapprove. Last month, Obama's job rating was about evenly divided — 47% approved, 45% disapproved."

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12:00pm

Tue May 3, 2011
The Two-Way

News Of Bin Laden's Demise Brings Out The 'Deathers'

This isn't a surprise:

"DNA Tests Not Enough For Bin Laden 'Deathers' " (The Atlantic Wire).

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6:39am

Mon May 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Raid On Bin Laden Was Live-Blogged, Though The Blogger Didn't Know It

Originally published on Mon May 2, 2011 12:49 pm

Shohaib Athar
Twitter

"Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."

With that fairly innocent sounding post on Twitter, Shohaib Athar became, in his own words, "the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it."

A computer programmer who The Associated Press reports is 33-years-old and lives in Abbottabad, Pakisan, Athar tweeted throughout the night about what he was hearing — without realizing for hours what was happening.

At first he was annoyed:

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2:35am

Mon May 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Video And Text Of The President's Statement On Death Of Bin Laden

Here is video of President Obama's late Sunday night announcement that Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaida terrorist network, was killed earlier in the day by U.S. personnel during a raid in Pakistan. The text of the president's statement follows:

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12:55am

Mon May 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Bush, Others Hail Bin Laden's Death

From around the nation and around the world, leaders are reacting to the news that an American assault team killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on Sunday. We'll add to this post as more statements come in:

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11:15pm

Sun May 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, Officials Say

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:55 am

Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in Quetta, Pakistan, rally to condemn the killing of Osama bin Laden on Monday.
Arshad Butt AP

Osama bin Laden, who created the al-Qaida terrorist network that killed 3,000 people in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, is dead.

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9:20am

Sun May 1, 2011
The Two-Way

In Alabama: Tornado Victims Helped By 'Army Of Volunteers'

The latest numbers on the toll from the tornadoes that roared through parts of the Southeast on Tuesday and Wednesday are sobering: "at least 342 people died across seven states, including 250 in Alabama," The Associated Press says. Thousands more were injured and thousands more than that are homeless.

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8:20am

Sat April 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Little Bridesmaid In Royal Wedding's Best Photo Is William's Goddaughter

The picture seems to have captured the hearts of millions around the world.

As our friend Claire O'Neill over at The Picture Show put it, "the best photo from the royal wedding" was snapped as Prince William and Kate Middleton kissed yesterday on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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9:18am

Fri April 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Spending Growth Slowed In March

While there was a solid-sounding 0.6 percent gain in personal spending in March from February, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says most of that increase was not "real."

That's because higher prices, especially on gasoline and food, were behind most of the rise. Adjusted for inflation, spending grew a much more modest 0.2 percent.

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5:15am

Fri April 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Live Blog: The Royal Wedding Ceremony

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:55 am

Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after their wedding.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

It's happened. Our first "wedding of the century." Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were married today at Westminster Abbey.

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3:30am

Fri April 29, 2011
The Two-Way

CBS News' Lara Logan On Tahrir Square Attack: She Feared 'Tortuous Death'

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is speaking for the first time about the attack and sexual assault she suffered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Feb. 11.

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2:30am

Fri April 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Live-Blog: The Royal Wedding

It's here. Our first "wedding of the century." Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton become future-king and future-queen today at Westminster Abbey.

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2:50pm

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Chilling: The Tornadoes' Paths As Viewed From Space

Originally published on Thu April 28, 2011 2:58 pm

We've been putting videos of the devastatingly destructive force of the tornadoes that ripped through parts of the South in a post we began earlier today.

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1:25pm

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Chrysler To Repay $7.5 Billion In Bailout Money

In another sign of recovery for the American auto industry, "Chrysler said today it intends to pay off its $7.5 billion in government loans by selling new debt, an investment from Fiat and a new loan agreement with institutional investors," the Detroit Free Press reports.

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12:15pm

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Map Tells Story Of Devastating Storms' Reach

The red marks — 164 of them — show where there were tornado reports Wednesday.

Blue is for high wind reports.

Green marks show where hail fell.

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11:05am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

The Royal Wedding: Our Coverage Plan And Key Times To Watch

On Friday, The Two-Way won't forget the other important stories of the day — from the devastating storms that have struck the South to the scheduled launch of space shuttle Endeavour in the afternoon.

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10:05am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

U.N. Watchdog Says Syria Was Trying To Build Nuclear Reactor

"The head of the U.N. nuclear agency has said for the first time that Syria tried to secretly build a nuclear reactor," The Associated Press reports from Paris.

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9:35am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

More Bad Weather Is Coming, 'Have A Safe Place To Go,' FEMA Chief Says

More on the devastating weather that has roared through much of the South this week.

Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has posted a video this morning in which he warns that "today, we're going to see more severe weather."

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9:10am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

'A Bomb Has Been Dropped' On Birmingham, Mayor Says After Storms

Of the many places pummeled by tornadoes the past two days, Alabama is where the greatest number of deaths have been reported as of this hour.

The Birmingham News says at least 128 people were killed in the state. And the death toll is likely to go higher. More than 30 deaths occurred in Birmingham.

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8:38am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Economy Grew At 1.8 Percent Pace In First Quarter

The nation's economy grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter of the year, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported.

That's down from fourth-quarter 2010's 3.1 percent pace.

The first-quarter figure is the bureau's first estimate of how the economy was doing in the first three months of the year. It will revise the number each of the next two months.

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7:45am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Stunning Tornado Videos Capture Storm's Power

The power of the tornadoes that have swept across much of the South in the past few days, killing at least 178 people as they tore through, is all too terrifyingly clear in the photos and videos starting to appear on the Web.

This one, from Tuscaloosa, Ala., captures the power of a huge twister. And the sound of the person behind the camera as he or she breaths, is chilling.

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