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
2:30 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

AP To Open News Bureau In North Korea

"The Associated Press and the North Korean state news agency have signed a series of agreements, including one for the opening of a comprehensive AP news bureau in Pyongyang," the AP announced today.

The wire service says it will be "the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital." Currently, AP Television News has an office in North Korea that distributes video news.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

The 'JFK Turtles' Are Back, And This Time They're Tweeting

The "JFK Turtles" spokesterrapin.
twitter.com/JFKTurtles

It's becoming something of early summer tradition.

Turtles — hundreds of them — slowly crossing the runways at New York's Kennedy International Airport, and in the process forcing flight delays.

According to The New York Times' City Room blog:

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Appeals Court Upholds Health Care Law; Many More Challenges In Pipeline

"In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Obama's health care overhaul, a judicial panel in Cincinnati on Wednesday affirmed an earlier ruling that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage," The Associated Press reports.

But, as the wire service notes, "more than 30 legal challenges have been filed over the health care overhaul. The case is expected to eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court."

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

'Riot Dog' Is Back In Athens

Loukanikos paused in front of riot police in central Athens on December 8, 2010.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

As protests shake Athens again, "riot dog" is back in the news.

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Tue June 28, 2011

U.S. Endorses French Finance Minister's Bid To Head IMF

Praising her "exceptional talent and broad experience," U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner this morning announced that the Obama administration supports the selection of French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde to be the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

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