Liasson to be Holman Family Distinguished Speaker

Mara Liasson will speak at 8 p.m. April 13 in Baldwin Auditorium as part of the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series.

Liasson is one of the top national political analysts in America. She serves as a correspondent for NPR as well as political contributor for FOX News. She serves as a regular panelist on the No. 1 rated cable news program "Special Report with Bret Baier" and "FOX News Sunday" and 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, D.C., — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.


Mara Liasson

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.

Free tickets for this event may be picked up at the Student Union Building Information Desk or the Public Relations Office in McClain Hall 202. Tickets may also be picked up at Edna Campbells gift shop in downtown Kirksville. For those living outside the Kirksville area, email or call 660.785.4016 for ticket information.