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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5:30pm

Wed March 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Quick Links To Coverage Of NPR CEO's Departure

Go here for our day-long live-blogging of the news that NPR CEO and President Vivian Schiller stepped down today.

We also posted today on

-- "Rep. Cantor: Schiller's Resignation Doesn't Change Minds On NPR Funding."

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1:55pm

Wed March 9, 2011
The Two-Way

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's Departure Grabs Headlines, Sparks Debates

The news of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's departure (much more about that here) is at or near the top of most ways of measuring buzz today.

And here are a few ways of gauging what's being said:

Headlines

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12:25pm

Wed March 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Rep. Cantor: Schiller's Resignation Doesn't Change Minds On NPR Funding

Originally published on Wed March 9, 2011 10:25 am

This just in from the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), in reaction to the news that NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has stepped down:

"Our concern is not about any one person at NPR, rather it's about millions of taxpayers. NPR has admitted that they don't need taxpayer subsidies to thrive, and at a time when the government is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar that it spends, we certainly agree with them."

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9:19am

Wed March 9, 2011
The Two-Way

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

(5:25 p.m. ET: This post has been given an end-of-day write-through and re-ordering. After the following introduction, it lays out our updates in chronological order.)

Vivian Schiller, NPR's CEO and president since January 2009, left that job today in the wake of the second high-profile controversy to hit the organization in the past six months.

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8:55am

Wed March 9, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Gadhafi Again Blames Foreigners

Courtesy of The Guardian, here is video (with English subtitles) of statements made today by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. As he has before, Gadhafi blames foreigners for the uprising in his nation. "It's a small group from Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Palestine," he claims, even though independent reporting from journalists in and around Libya shows it is a homegrown movement that's trying to topple Gadhafi's regime:

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