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
3:00 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Critical Day For Arizona Fire Crews; Power Lines To Other States In Danger

Wind gusts of 35 mph or more and timber that has less moisture than what you'd get if you bought kiln-dried lumber at your local hardware store are combining to make this a critical day for the several thousand firefighters battling the huge wildfire in northeast Arizona.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Fed: 'Some Deceleration' By Economy In Recent Weeks

"Economic activity generally continued to expand" in most parts of the country over the past six to seven weeks, "though a few districts indicated some deceleration," the Federal Reserve just reported in its latest Beige Book review of conditions around the nation.

According to the central bank:

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

'Gay Girl In Damascus': Missing Or Mythical?

We've been holding off on reporting about the mystery surrounding the blogger known as "Gay Girl in Damascus" and the reports that she was arrested by Syrian authorities.

There are a growing number of questions about who she may or may not be and even whether such a person is actually in the hands of the authorities.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Some Flights To Argentina Resume; Ash Still Disrupts Domestic Travel

A cloud of ashes billowed from the Puyehue volcano between clouds on Tuesday (June 7, 2011).
Claudio Santana AFP/Getty Images

"Chilean flagship carrier LAN Airlines SA has resumed all of its international flights to and from Argentina," Dow Jones Newswires reports, "although several domestic Argentine flights are still canceled because of the presence of volcanic ash, the company said Wednesday."

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Video Justice: Soldiers Hit With $200 Baggage Fees To Be Reimbursed

Staff Sgt. Fred Hilliker.
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On their way home Tuesday from Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgts. Fred Hilliker and Robert O'Hair were not happy that they and some other soldiers had been charged $200 each because they each had four bags. The airline ended up collecting $2,800, according to the soldiers, meaning slightly less than half the 34 soldiers traveling in the group were charged.

They thought the Army's contract with Delta Air Lines allowed for four free bags. Delta said it's contract allows for three free bags for soldiers flying in coach; four for those in first or business classes.

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