Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Ms. 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. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. 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. Ms. 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.
Opening Plenary: 15 Years After 9/11: The Global Landscape