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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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Sunday

Politics chat: Trump wins big in South Carolina, Alabama Supreme Court ruling on IVF

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Tuesday

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley gives a speech on the state of her campaign on Feb. 20, 2024, in Greenville, S.C. Meg Kinnard/AP hide caption

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Monday

A staff member reaches in as little boy tries to take the Vice Presidential Seal from the podium as Vice President Mike Pence speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Let The Veepstakes Begin

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Thursday

Biden defended his mental acuity in this evening's press conference

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Sunday

Politics chat: More U.S. strikes; Biden wins South Carolina; House Republicans vote

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Wednesday

Trump says VP pick won't impact the race. So what's he looking for in a running mate?

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Tuesday

The southern border has become a key issue in Washington and the presidential race

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Monday

A guardsman stands watch at the U.S.-Mexico border, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024, in Eagle Pass, Texas. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Thursday

A staff member reaches in as little boy tries to take the Vice Presidential Seal from the podium as then-Vice President Mike Pence speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Let The Veepstakes Begin

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Tuesday

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Sunday

Wednesday

Former U.S. President Donald Trump departs the Waldorf Astoria where he held a press conference following his appearance in court on January, 9 2024 in Washington, DC. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images hide caption

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Sunday

Politics chat: 2024 campaigning season begins with speeches from Trump and Biden

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Thursday

Republican presidential candidate former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign rally at Trendsetter Engineering Inc. on November 2, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Election Headwinds

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Thursday

President Biden disembarks Air Force One at Chicago O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Ill., on November 9, 2023. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden's Election Headwinds

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Tuesday

A voting booth is seen during the Kentucky Primary Elections at polling place in the Simpsonville Community Gym on May 16, 2023 in Simpsonville, Ky. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is in Washigton to make plea to Congress for funding

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Sunday

Politics chat: Biden campaigns on Infrastructure Bill, attacks Trump

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Thursday

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Department of Justice on December 6, 2023 in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley greets guests at the third annual MMM Tailgate celebration hosted by U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) on October 20, 2023 in Iowa City, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Biden wants to win over young voters. They want him to do more about climate change

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Sunday

Week in politics: House passes spending bill; Biden's statements on Gaza make waves

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Thursday

Demonstrators in support of Israel gather to denounce antisemitism and call for the release of Israeli hostages, on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on November 14, 2023. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Poll: Americans Divided Over Israel's War With Hamas

The latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll shows a growing number of Americans think Israel's military actions against Hamas have gone too far compared to data from last month. Respondents also are split on whether to continue financial & military support to Israel and to Ukraine in their wars, and whether the U.S. should play a leadership role in global affairs.

Poll: Americans Divided Over Israel's War With Hamas

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Wednesday

President Biden held a news conference after his meeting with China's Xi Jinping

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