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Mara Liasson

Correspondent, 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.

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.

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Politics Chat: Infrastructure Negotiations Continue, Biden Visits G-7 Leaders

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Then-Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi preside over a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 to certify the 2020 Electoral College results after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol earlier that day. Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A Growing Number Of Critics Raise Alarms About The Electoral College

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The Electoral College Is At The Heart Of Debate Over Vote Counting Laws

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Democrats Increasingly Say American Democracy Is Sliding Toward Minority Rule

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President Biden Has Ended Negotiations Over The Infrastructure Deal

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How Does Trump's Return To The Public Eye Impact GOP Lawmakers?

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Politics Chat: 559,000 Jobs Added In May, But Pace Of Growth Still Concerning

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Politics Chat: Jan 6 Commission Reveals A Divided Congress

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As Calls Grow For Israeli-Hamas Cease-Fire, White House Hesitates On Public Message

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