Mara Liasson

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. 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 five presidential elections — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. 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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4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Politics

Mitt Romney To Make GOP Presidential Run Official

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney today formally gets into the GOP race for the White House. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who brings us up to date on the field of candidates so far.

12:01am

Tue May 24, 2011
Politics

GOP Field Takes Shape, And Some Don't Like It

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces in Des Moines, Iowa, that he's running for president on Monday.
Steve Pope Getty Images

The Republicans have another presidential candidate — former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. His formal campaign launch Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, comes after lots of possible GOP candidates decided not to go for it — and that has many in the party grousing about their choices.

Pawlenty's announcement was no surprise. While other potential candidates have been coy or ambivalent, Pawlenty's been all-in for months, visiting the early states to lay the groundwork for a campaign.

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5:04am

Fri May 20, 2011
Politics

Gingrich Backpedals Medicare Comments In Iowa

DACS placeholder - newt is in iowa doing more damage control. meanwhile democrats are saying the fuss over newts comments says even more aobut the gop THAN ABOUTNEWTS FAMOUS LACK OF DISCIPLINE., Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.

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12:01am

Wed May 18, 2011
Politics

In Medicare Debate, Both Sides Claim An Edge

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), shown with Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA, left) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), speaks at a news conference last month on Capitol Hill. Pelosi says the Republicans' Medicare plan is a political boon to her party.
Alex Wong Getty Images

One thing Republicans and Democrats have learned in recent years is how to use Medicare to attack the other party. Republicans say Democrats will ruin the program by letting it go bankrupt, while Democrats say the GOP wants to abolish the program altogether.

It's hard for voters to sort out who's telling the truth, and even harder to tell which party will have an advantage on the issue in 2012.

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4:00am

Tue May 10, 2011
Politics

Obama To Lay Out Plan For Immigration Overhaul

President Obama on Tuesday travels to El Paso, Texas, where he's expected to talk about immigration and his goals for legislation this year. The president is trying to push a plan that would include a path to legalizing undocumented workers.

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