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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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Tuesday

President Joe Biden stands with his son Hunter Biden, left, as he looks at a plaque dedicated to his late son Beau Biden while visiting Mayo Roscommon Hospice in County Mayo, Ireland, Friday, April 14, 2023. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Trump attacks the DOJ as "rigged." It just convicted Hunter Biden of three felonies.

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Sunday

Politics chat: Biden seeks to differentiate himself from Trump

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Saturday

What issues motivate voters who support neither Biden nor Trump?

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Friday

Artificial Intelligence and Trump on trial. David McNew/AFP; Curtis Means-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

President Joe Biden walks along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso Texas, Jan. 8, 2023. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Meet 'double disapprovers': swing voters who could decide the presidential election

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Monday

A woman shrugs her shoulders outside a checkpoint as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Biden, Trump or the couch: hear from our focus group of unenthused voters

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Saturday

Politics chat: How voters are responding to Trump's felony conviction

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Thursday

Mara Liasson on Trump verdict

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Thursday

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks with Peter Rough after speaking at the Hudson Institute,in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Haley spoke about the dangers of National Security weakness. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Monday

Donald Trump, presumptive Republican presidential nominee, appears at the Minnesota Republican Lincoln Reagan Dinner Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. Abbie Parr/AP hide caption

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Republicans haven't won a Minnesota presidential contest in a half-century. Can Trump?

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Sunday

Politics chat: Biden and Trump pin their hopes on debate to give them an edge

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Thursday

Military aid for Israel is putting President Biden in a tight political spot at home

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Wednesday

In this file photo from 2020, President Biden and then-President Donald Trump participate in the second and final presidential debate of that election. Morry Gash/AP hide caption

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Monday

In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo Amazon Prime boxes are loaded on a cart for delivery in New York. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

The implications after President Biden put a hold on a shipment of bombs for Israel

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Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., pauses during a news conference amid threats that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, is threatening to oust Johnson from his leadership post, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Some GOP House Members Want To Fire The Speaker. Again.

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Sunday

Wednesday

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., speaks to the media on the Low Library steps on Columbia University's campus in New York, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Stefan Jeremiah/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

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Tuesday

Rep. Monica De La Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to the media at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. Michelle Vallejo/AP hide caption

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This Texas District Has A Lot To Teach Us About How Politics Has Changed

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Tuesday

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Sunday

Politics chat: Biden vows to continue support for Israel, aid package in the works

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Sunday

Politics chat: What it'll take to win 2024

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