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Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered six presidential elections — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. From 1989-1992 Liasson was NPR’s congressional correspondent.

Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster. From September 1988 to June 1989 she took a leave of absence from NPR to attend Columbia University in New York as a recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

Prior to joining NPR, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American history.


The State of Play in the Nation's Capital

Political speaker Mara Liasson gives audiences an insider’s perspective on the changing face of American politics, as seen through the lens of one of the most renowned and experienced reporters in the nation’s capital. In this eye-opening presentation, she also shares how she gets to the source of what’s happening behind-the-scenes, how well the American public is being served by today’s media and political environment, and what beyond-the-beltway trends we are likely to encounter in the future.

The Political Landscape - 2018 and Beyond

When it comes to politics and elections, Mara Liasson is of the most trusted voices in political journalism. In her positions as Political Contributor for Fox News, National Political Correspondent for NPR and the host of several award-winning newsmagazines, Liasson wields the experience needed to provide audiences with a solid understanding of the issues. Serving as White House correspondent during the Clinton Administration and covering every presidential election from 1992 to 2012 for NPR, Liasson delivers a candid perspective on how the media will impact the politics and policy issues facing the country today.


David and Karen have done extraordinary work to hold Saudis accountable. Thanks to the, and to @PolkAwards for honoring them. The killing of Jamal Khashoogi was reprehensible and those responsible should face condemnation and justice.

I’m obsessed with #TheAmericans but still trying to understand what church in the 80s was politically super liberal AND practiced immersion baptism? Maybe Mennonite? Or is this just (another case of) Hollywood being sloppy with religion?

North Carolina 9th District Seat Hinges On Election Hearing Monday : NPR

I'll be at today's North Carolina board of elections hearing, where the state board will ultimately decide whether a new election is needed in #NC09. I'll be tweeting, and on @npratc tonight, and you can follow along at @nprpolitics here

Bill Weld says on CNN that one moment that made him consider challenging Trump was when Trump "shooed all the U.S. press out of the Oval Office" and brought in Amb. Kislyak and Lavrov for a summit with nobody present except TASS. "That showed contempt for the American people."

"Hi, I'm canvassing for Britain's Lets-All-Jump-Off-a-Cliff party. May we count on your support?"

"That sounds kind of reckless. I think I'll vote for the Let's-Not-Jump-Off-a-Cliff party."

"There isn't one! It's us or else the Blame-the-Jews-for-the-Impact-on-Landing party!"

The POTUS just arrived at Trump International Golf Club. Sunny and 73 degrees.

Prasenjeet Yadav's photography grew out of the wildlife and soil on his father's farm in the central Indian state of Maharashtra. As a kid, "I'd look at the animals day in and day out," he says.

See his stunning photos:

Had Amazon paid the full statutory rate they would have had a $2 billion tax bill. In a deficit spending environment like ours, the money that Amazon isn’t paying will eventually have to get paid by someone.

And that someone is you.