NPR Political Correspondent/FOX News Contributor Liasson Speaking Oct. 28 at Southeast


LiassonCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 14, 2014 – Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) and FOX News contributor, will speak as part of Southeast Missouri State University’s 2014-2015 Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Show Me Center.

Liasson will speak at Southeast one week before the mid-term elections and will provide an election preview, including potential impacts for the next presidential race and on the U.S. House and Senate. Her presentation is titled “Let’s Talk Politics with Mara Liasson” and will be moderated by KRCU Host and News Editor Jacob McCleland.

The Office of the President at Southeast Missouri State is presenting this event.

Tickets are required for entry. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at and the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket in the University Center Room 204, The Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center Box Office.

KRCU is accepting submissions for questions to be asked of Liasson during her presentation at Southeast. Questions must be submitted in advance to For more information, visit or call (573) 651-5070.

Liasson’s reports from NPR’s Washington, D.C., desk can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning news magazines “All Things Considered and Morning Edition.” Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C.  — focusing on the White House and Congress — and reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. Liasson also serves as a contributor to FOX News Channel and is a panelist on “FOX News Sunday,” FOX Broadcasting Company’s public affairs program that airs nationwide each Sunday morning.

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered six presidential elections, and prior to her current assignment, she was NPR’s White House correspondent during the entire Clinton administration. She won the White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995 and 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 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.