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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4:45am

Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Today's Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize, September Jobs Report

Good morning.

We've already posted about the top story so far today:

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Women Striving For Peace In Liberia And Yemen

And we're getting ready for what's expected to be the other major news of the morning — the 8:30 a.m. ET announcement from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about the September unemployment rate and how many jobs were or were not added to payrolls last month.

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2:45am

Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Nobel Peace Prize About To Be Announced

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 9:54 am

Left to right: Nobel Peace Prize laureates President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

AP

Three women who have worked for peace and women's rights in Liberia and Yemen have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, it was just announced at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Yemeni protest leader Tawakkul Karman are being honored.

This year's Nobels come with about $1.5 million. That amount will be divided between the three laureates.

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11:55am

Thu October 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Rooney's Dad Arrested In Betting Probe, But English Star Is Ready To Play

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 12:10 pm

English soccer star Wayne Rooney during a training session today in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Hrvoje Polan AFP/Getty Images

After it was announced today that the father of English soccer star Wayne Rooney has been arrested as part of an investigation into betting at a Scottish Premier League match, news outlets in the U.K. got right to the bottom of what they must think is the really important part of the story:

Will Rooney still play in Friday's match between England's national team and Montenegro?

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11:05am

Thu October 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Read And Watch: Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Address

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 11:33 pm

The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, has renewed interest in the commencement address he gave at Stanford University in 2005, which drew considerable attention for its content and because Jobs so rarely spoke in public about himself.

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8:55am

Thu October 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Hank Williams Jr. And 'Monday Night Football' Part Ways

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 9:23 am

Hank Williams Jr., here seen promoting Monday Night Football.

John Raoux AP

The controversy over his comment that compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler has cost singer Hank Williams Jr. his spot on Monday Night Football.

ESPN says it made the call:

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