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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8:31pm

Tue June 10, 2014
Politics

Tea Party Challenger Upsets Eric Cantor In GOP Primary

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 9:25 pm

In a surprise result, voters in Virginia's 7th Congressional District have dealt a defeat to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, nominating Tea Party challenger David Brat instead in the GOP primary.

4:06pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Education

With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:42 pm

President Obama is signing an executive order Monday, which will expand a loan forgiveness program for college debt. NPR's Mara Liasson looks at the program and the political salience of the issue.

5:11am

Wed June 4, 2014
Politics

Sen. Cochran In Danger Of Losing Primary To Tea Party Candidate

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 1:01 pm

The most closely watched of Tuesday's primaries was the race in Mississippi, where incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran was fending off a challenge from Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel.

5:11am

Tue June 3, 2014
Politics

Environmentalists Hail Reduced Emission Rules, Others Criticize

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 7:57 am

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. President Obama's administration hopes his latest climate initiative will influence the United States long after he is gone.

GREENE: The president leaves office at the beginning of 2017, but the goal of the latest regulations is to sharply reduce emissions of gases linked to climate change by the year 2030. States would be given flexibility on how to meet the goals.

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5:11am

Thu May 29, 2014
Politics

On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 12:54 pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said he's "mad as hell" about reported problems with the VA health care system, and politicians on both sides of the aisle also expressed outrage. But the origins of the scandal are bipartisan, with deep roots, and not everyone agrees on what to do about it.
Cliff Owen AP

A preliminary report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general finding systemic issues in the delivery of health care to veterans has intensified political pressure on the White House to fix the problems.

But the allegations that VA bureaucrats falsified data to cover up long delays is a scandal that transcends the usual partisan food fight, says Duke University's Peter Feaver, a former Bush White House official.

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4:34pm

Thu May 22, 2014
Politics

Obama's Relationship With Hispanic Voters Hinges On GOP

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:46 pm

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And I'm Robert Siegel. We've heard this cited many times. In 2012, Republicans lost the Hispanic vote by more than 2 to 1. Well, it turns out President Obama and the Democrats have problems of their own when it comes to Latino votes. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

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6:50am

Wed May 21, 2014
Analysis

Primary Roundup: 6 States Held Primaries On Tuesday

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:06 am

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Wow. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is here to tell us what yesterday's races mean.

Mara, good morning.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning.

INSKEEP: OK, let's use Kentucky as an example here. How would that race had been different if Mitch McConnell was gone and the Tea Party candidate was nominated?

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6:16am

Wed May 14, 2014
Around the Nation

Tea Party Challenger Wins Nebraska's GOP Senate Primary

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 am

In Tuesday's Senate primary in Nebraska, Ben Sasse, a university president and Tea Party favorite, beat former state treasurer Shane Osborn.

4:05pm

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics

In GOP Primaries, Establishment Has Kept The Tea Party Quiet

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:26 pm

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People in Nebraska and West Virginia are going to the polls today. In Nebraska, the Republican Senate primary has a familiar dynamic: Tea Party candidates running against Republicans backed by the party establishment.

NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson has been following this year's installment of the battle between the two wings of the GOP.

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11:18am

Tue May 13, 2014
It's All Politics

Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 2:53 pm

Addressable TV advertising technologies, which allow advertisers to selectively target audiences and serve different ads within them, are poised to play a bigger role in political campaigns.
Matt Rourke AP

NPR's Mara Liasson interviewed top Democratic ad man Jim Margolis recently as part of her research for a story about political advertising aimed at women.

Much of the interview didn't make the final radio piece, but the picture he painted of the not-too-distant political future was fascinating — and a little unsettling.

Here are some excerpts from that interview:

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