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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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Biden discusses stalled domestic agenda and other issues during news conference

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In News Conference, Biden Says Build Back Better May Have To Be Broken Up

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Politics chat: Biden's tough week; mask-or-test mandates; the future of the filibuster

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What Trump told NPR about the Republican party before he hung up

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Trump is the most powerful figure in the Republican party, despite lies and Jan. 6

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Week in politics: Congressional Democrats fear losing majority in midterms

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COVID-19 resurgence trips up Biden's agenda

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Longtime GOP senator and 1996 presidential nominee, Bob Dole, dies at 98

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Dole was President Richard Nixon's choice to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee. He served from 1971 to 1973. Henry Griffin/AP hide caption

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Bob Dole, longtime GOP senator and 1996 presidential nominee, dies

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Congress Has A LOT To Do, But Can They Stop Fighting For Long Enough To Do It?

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