Mara Liasson

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. 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.

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6:20am

Wed December 17, 2014
Politics

Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run For President

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:22 pm

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4:26pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Politics

Some Republicans Rethinking Party's Traditional Stands On Crime, Policing

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:16 pm

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4:22pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Politics

Potential Presidential Candidates Give Speeches On Foreign Policy

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 1:42 pm

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5:22am

Tue December 2, 2014
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Following Ferguson, Obama Urges Changes To Boost Community Policing

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:44 am

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5:17am

Thu November 27, 2014
Politics

EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 12:12 pm

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4:37pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Politics

Hagel Struggled To Stay On The Same Page As The White House

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:15 am

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1:02pm

Mon November 24, 2014
U.S.

Hagel Steps Down After Discord On Syria, Iraq

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down. President Obama made the announcement in an East Room appearance minutes ago.

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5:10am

Fri November 21, 2014
Politics

Obama Unveils Temporary Protection From Deportation

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:39 pm

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4:24pm

Thu November 20, 2014
Politics

Millions Of Americans Could Be Affected By Obama's Immigration Plan

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 6:30 pm

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4:27pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Politics

Republicans Criticize Obama's Immigration Actions Ahead Of Unveiling

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:31 pm

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