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Mara  Liasson

Mara Liasson

Correspondent, NPR Washington Desk


Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs 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. Read More >

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered seven presidential elections — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. 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, Massachusetts.

Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history. Read Less ^

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Election 2020

After years of reporting on American political happenings and landmark events, Mara Liasson has established herself as an authority on all things politics. With a long career as NPR’s congressional correspondent, White House correspondent for the Clinton years, and a national political correspondent for NPR, Liasson has memorized the American political scene. With her unique insight, Mara Liasson is bound to add an important voice to your 2020 election discussion.

100 Years of Women Voting

Liasson delves into the history behind the 19th amendment, how it passed as well as it’s impact. Liasson discusses what women have done having the ability to vote, especially in 2020.

Politics 2020