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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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Democratic Candidates Were Less Than Welcoming To Michael Bloomberg

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Democratic Party Admires Michael Bloomberg's War Chest

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire's Democratic Primary

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What Democrats Want To See Happen During The New Hampshire Primary

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Week In Politics: Which Way Will Democratic Moderates Go In New Hampshire?

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Iowa's Results Snafu Is A Backdrop To Trump's State Of The Union

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After Caucus Mishaps, Iowa's Role In The Primary Process Is In The Spotlight

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Iowa Results Waylaid By "Technical Difficulties," Democrats Say

As problems with a mobile app through which vote tallies were transmitted electronically caused a delay in the reporting of Iowa caucus results on Monday night, Democratic candidates seized the moment to fire up their supporters.

Iowa Results Waylaid By "Technical Difficulties," Democrats Say

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Where Iowa Falls In The Big Picture Of The 2020 Election

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Week In Politics: Impeachment And State Of The Union

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Q&A Session Will Continue For 2nd Day In Senate Trial

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