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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: Trump Delivers 2 Divisive Speeches Over Independence Day Weekend

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Politics Chat: Trump's Response To COVID-19 Surge And Plans For Reelection

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President Trump's Attempts To Define And Disqualify Biden Are Having Mixed Results

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White House Fires NY Prosecutor Who Led Investigations Of Trump Loyalists

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Week In Politics: President Trump's Tulsa Rally Sees Smaller Crowds Than Anticipated

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President Trump has declared himself the "president of law and order." Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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As The Culture Wars Shift, President Trump Struggles To Adapt

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President Trump Seems Struggling To Adjust To The Changes In The Culture Wars

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People vote in Detroit during the March 10 Michigan primary. A new survey has identified a group of persuadable voters dubbed "guardian women" who could decide which party wins key states like Michigan and the election. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In A Polarized Election, 'Guardian Women' Could Be Key Swing Voters

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President Trump Tests 'Law And Order' Rhetoric Amid Protests For Racial Justice

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Trump Promises Dramatic Action To End Violent Protests

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Trump Encourages Governors To 'Dominate' Protesters, Blames Democrats For Unrest

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President Trump Urges Governors To 'Dominate' Unruly Protests

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