NPR's Mara Liasson to Visit Cape Girardeau

Aug 27, 2014

Mara Liasson

NPR National Political Correspondent and Fox News Contributor Mara Liasson will visit Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, October 28 with a preview of the mid-term elections. Liasson's presentation is being sponsored by the Office of the President at Southeast Missouri State University and is titled "Let's Talk Politics with Mara Liasson."

Liasson's visit is part of the 2014-2015 Speakers Series at Southeast Missouri State University. It will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 28 in the Show Me Center.

As part of the program, Mara will answer questions from KRCU listeners. To submit your question, send an email to: Questions must be submitted in advance. Please include your name and where you live and how to pronounce your name.

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. 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 — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. 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 has received numerous awards and honors for her reporting, including the White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Award in 1994, 1995, and 1997 for excellence in daily news reporting.

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.

Tickets are required for entry to all events, which are open to the public. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the Show Me Center Box Office. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket for the event in the University Center Room 202, the Center for Student Involvement.