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
8:53 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Gates Warns Of NATO's 'Dim' Future

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates offering his blunt assessment of NATO earlier today (June 10, 2011) in Brussels.
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Saying that NATO faces a "dim, if not dismal future," outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates told U.S. allies in Europe today that the alliance now has two tiers:

"Those willing and able to pay the price and bear the burdens of alliance commitments, and those who enjoy the benefits of NATO membership, be they security guarantees or headquarters billets, but don't want to share the risks and the costs."

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Crews Make Some Progress At Containing Arizona Wildfire

Smoke from the Wallow fire near Springerville, Ariz., on Thursday (June 9, 2011).
Eric Thayer Getty Images

There's some good news to pass along about the huge wildfire in eastern Arizona.

The main headline on The Arizona Republic's webpage this hour is "Fire Crews Slowly Containing Raging Wallow."

And the newspaper adds that "progress was finally made Thursday, as officials put containment at 5 percent, the first time they have been able to declare any of the fire under control."

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The Two-Way
7:33 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Will The Mavs Beat The Heat? Dallas Takes 3-2 Lead In NBA Finals

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is defended by Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Center in Dallas on Thursday (June 9, 2011).
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Good morning.

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The Two-Way
4:31 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Newt Gingrich Says He'll Keep Going; Top Campaign Aides Quit

Even though "the entire top echelon of New Gingrich's presidential campaign resigned on Thursday," the former House speaker is saying he's still in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination:

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Killing Camels Could Cut Australia's Greenhouse Gases, Study Says

A wild camel in Australia's Simpson Desert (October 2007 file photo).
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

As scientists and environmentalists in Australia search for ways to reduce that nation's greenhouse gas emissions, some have suggested killing many of the estimated 1.2 million wild camels that now roam there.

We have to confess to not knowing that: a) there are 1.2 million feral camels in Australia and that the population is expected to reach 2 million by 2020; and b) that they are major contributors to the emission of greenhouse gases.

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