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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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Sunday

Politics chat: Will Congress consider police reform?

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Monday

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1973 US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, in Tallahassee, Florida, on January 22, 2023. DON JUAN MOORE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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FBI Searches Biden's Home; Harris Speaks Out For Abortion Rights

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Sunday

Politics chat: Latest on the classified documents found; Republicans delay raising the debt ceiling

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Friday

A fox walks near Upper Senate Park on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on April 05, 2022 in Washington, DC. Several individuals have reported being approached and bitten by a fox. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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"Can't Let It Go" Holiday Spectacular 2022

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Tuesday

This combination of pictures created on November 11, 2022 shows US President Joe Biden (L) and China's President Xi Jinping (R). MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Sunday

Politics chat: January 6 committee will take up criminal referral against Trump

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Thursday

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President Joe Biden speaks on student loan debt in the Roosevelt Room of the White House August 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Boxes of scanned ballots sit on a pallet at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on November 09, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Sunday

Politics chat: Trump wants to return to the White House at all costs

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Wednesday

Joe Biden, then the Democratic U.S. presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign stop at Pittsburgh Union Station September 30, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Sunday

Politics chat: Congress returns for a lame duck session

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Wednesday

US President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Poland following a meeting with G7 and European leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 16, 2022. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at his election night watch party after the midterm elections, early on November 9, 2022, in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Sunday