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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.


in Jan 2009, the govt Obama inherited was running $1-T budget deficit

GOP ripped him throughout his term for running up debt

when Obama handed off to Trump, deficit had been cut below $600-B, to 3.2% of GDP

now deficit’s back to $1-T, 5.1% of GDP

I’m old enough to remember when there was another country on these joint statements by the West

An eye-catching WaPo story about poor patients in Missouri being sued to pay their medical bills - and the rural hospitals struggling to stay open - completely ignores that Missouri rejected Medicaid expansion.

in NBC/WSJ poll, 46% of Americans say someone in their household owns a gun

most likely to have a gun:

evangelical Christians 64%
Republicans 64%
rural residents 62%
white men 58%

least likely:

African-Americans 24%
Democrats 33%
Northeasterners 33%
women college grads 38%

A memo instructed workers at a Pennsylvania plant to show up at 7 a.m., and stand for hours through lunch in order to watch a speech by President Trump. The alternatives: stay home without pay or use up part of their paid time off.

good point! add Gabby Gifford.

Johnson to bewildered leaders of countries with less to lose than his own: Comply with my demands or I’ll wreak catastrophic damage on my own country!

after Obama in 2009 inherited financial crisis/recession w/unemployment soaring, Congressional Republicans demanded: “where are the jobs?”

average monthly job gains in last 2.5 years of Obama’s term: 221K

average during Trump’s first 2.5 years: 193K

An incredible sentence from @ToluseO’s pool report from Monaco, Pennsylvania

President Trump defends promoting conspiracy theory about Epstein's death: "It was a retweet"