Mara Liasson Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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Mara Liasson

Correspondent, National Politics, Washington Desk

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines 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 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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Trump Says Republicans Are Close To Passing Tax Bill

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Democrat Doug Jones greets supporters before his victory speech Tuesday night. Jones defeated controversial Republican Roy Moore to become the first Democratic senator elected from Alabama in 25 years. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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What's At Stake With Alabama's Special Election?

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Women Who Accused President Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Want Congress To Investigate

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President Trump points out a supporter of Roy Moore, the embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate, as he speaks at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Will The Tax Overhaul Help The Working Class?

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News Brief: Trump To Call Jerusalem Israel's Capital, Endorses Roy Moore

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President-elect Donald Trump calls out to the media as Mitt Romney leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., shortly after Election Day. Romney was under consideration for secretary of state at the time. Now, he's eyeing a Senate race in Utah. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Is Trump Waging A Hidden Campaign Against Mitt Romney?

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Trump Endorses Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore Despite Allegations Of Sexual Abuse

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Pelosi Calls For Conyers To Step Down

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Trump Retweets Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos From Far-Right Group In Britain

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Trump Will Try To Get Legislative Agenda Back On Track

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Politics: Who Will Lead The CFPB, Trump And Roy Moore

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Democrat Ralph Northam celebrates his election as governor of Virginia on Nov. 7. Members of both parties are wondering what that race and other recent success for Democrats will mean for the 2018 midterms. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Is A Big, Blue Wave Forming Off The Political Coast?

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