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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5:15am

Tue October 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Israeli Soldier Released, Exchange Of Prisoners Begins

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 1:43 pm

An Israeli Defense Forces photo of Sgt. Gilad Shalit an unknown location today in Israel, following his release.

AFP/Getty Images

A "dazed ... thin and pale" Gilad Shalit is home in Israel today after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas, while Palestinians are joyously celebrating in Ramallah as Israeli authorities begin releasing some of the hundreds of prisoners who are being set free in exchange for the Israeli soldier's release.

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12:50pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Harbaugh, Schwartz And The Back Slap Heard 'Round The NFL

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 2:14 pm

Harbaugh (in dark cap and jacket) and Schwartz (in white jacket with blue stripes) are separated by the 49ers' Venron Davis (85).

Rick Osentoski AP

10:00am

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

BlackBerry Customers Offered Free Apps As Apology

Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

Last week, Research in Motion apologized for the service outages that swept around the world last week, leaving millions of its BlackBerry users unable to send or receive messages.

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8:54am

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Just Doing His Job, Says Firefighter Who Caught Boy Dropped Three Floors

Lt. Glenn McGillivray, Boston firefighter.

WHDH-TV

As flames engulfed a Roxbury, Mass., apartment house early this morning, Judith Lamb desperately held her young grandson out a window. She was shielding him fire and smoke.

That's when Boston Fire Department Lt. Glenn McGillivray "reached his arms out," the Boston Globe reports.

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8:06am

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Anadarko To Pay BP $4 Billion, Settle Claims Related To Gulf Oil Spill

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 8:22 am

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

This morning's announcement from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. that it is paying BP $4 billion "to settle all of BP's current and future claims" against it related to the April 2010 Gulf oil spill, "ends a long dispute between BP, which operated the well in the gulf, and Anadarko, which owned a 25 percent stake, about accepting responsibility for compensating those affected by on

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