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
12:32 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

No One's Claimed Mega Millions Win, Maryland Lottery Official Says

We still don't know who bought the three winning tickets in Friday's $656 million Mega Millions lottery drawing — one in Illinois, one in Kansas and one in Maryland.

And we still don't know what's going on with Mirlande Wilson, the Maryland woman who has made headlines by claiming to have purchased a big winner, but who hasn't yet provided any proof.

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Thu April 5, 2012

'Kill The Head, The Body Will Die,' NFL's Gregg Williams Heard Telling Players

Gregg Williams, then a coach with the New Orleans Saints, in August 2011.
Bill Haber AP

Former New Orleans Saints defensive coach Gregg Williams is heard telling his players to target specific opponents and he goes so far as to mention the types of injuries those opponents might be vulnerable to in an audio recording posted online by a documentary filmmaker.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Thu April 5, 2012

LISTEN: Recordings Show How Wife Calmly Took Control To Land Plane

Down safely: Helen Collins successfully landed this small plane after the pilot, her husband, suffered a heart attack.
Door County Sheriff's Office AP

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 7:05 am

  • Paul Brown reporting
  • Helen Collins: "I Don't Feel Good"

Recordings of the conversations that an 80-year-old Wisconsin woman had with a controller and another pilot after her husband collapsed at the controls of their small plane on Monday show she had a "take-charge attitude in a total emergency," NPR's Paul Brown said earlier this morning on our Newscast.

Indeed, Helen Collins sounds remarkably calm. Her 81-year-old husband John had suffered a heart attack when they were about 10 minutes away from landing at Cherryland Airport in Sturgeon Bay, 150 miles north of Milwaukee. He was later pronounced dead.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Drought Means 20 Million People In England Can't Use Hoses

No hoses, please. (2006 file photo from Knutsford, England.)
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 7:50 am

  • Larry Miller, reporting for the NPR Newscast

The words "hosepipe ban" popped up in a lot of headlines today, and since we'd never seen that phrase before we wondered what was going on.

It turns out that 20 million people in south-east England, including London, have been told they can't use hoses to water their gardens, wash their cars, fill their pools, clean their patios and a variety of other things (the BBC has a Q&A on what's allowed and not allowed).

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