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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7:06am

Tue January 20, 2015
It's All Politics

State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:37 pm

President Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks Friday during their joint news conference at the White House.
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Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) has had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president's agenda slim to none.

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6:17am

Mon January 19, 2015
Politics

Obama Strategizes How To Be A Successful Lame Duck President

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 1:27 pm

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And NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson has been reporting on the challenges of a president beginning his seventh year in office.

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6:16am

Thu January 15, 2015
Politics

Romney Comments Add To Speculation On GOP Presidential Race

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:07 am

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4:18pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Politics

White House Says It Should Have Sent More Senior Official To Unity March

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:20 pm

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5:33am

Wed January 7, 2015
Politics

Obama Begins State Of The Union Preview In Michigan

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 3:03 pm

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5:01pm

Tue January 6, 2015
Politics

Obama And Mexican President Talk Cuba, Immigration

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:07 pm

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5:05am

Mon December 22, 2014
Politics

Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:37 am

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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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