National Public Radio political correspondent Mara Liasson is scheduled to speak at Spokane Community College as part of the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote.
Liasson will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the SCC Lair Auditorium in Building 6. The talk is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hagan Center for the Humanities at SCC.
Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR and a contributor to FOX News Channel (FNC). She joined FOX in 1997 and serves as a panelist on Special Report with Brett Baier and FOX News Sunday, FOX Broadcasting Company's public affairs program that airs nationwide each Sunday morning.
Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster. She covered Congress and served as the White House correspondent during all eight years of the Clinton administration. Now, as the national political correspondent her reports can be heard on the award-winning newsmagazines, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. During her tenure, she has covered the all the presidential elections since 1992 and reports on Senate and House races every election year. She is an expert on elections, national policy and on relations between the White House and Congress.
Liasson received a Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. From September 1988-June 1989, she took a leave of absence to attend Columbia University in New York. Shortly thereafter, she returned to NPR as its congressional correspondent.
Liasson has received numerous awards and honors for her reporting, including the White House Correspondents' Association’s ” Merriman Smith Award” in 1994, 1995 and 1997 for excellence in daily news reporting.
Liasson earned her bachelor's degree from Brown University.
The Hagan Center for the Humanities is dedicated to the liberal arts and humanities offerings at Spokane Community College. It was established in 1997 by Dr. Cornelius Hagan, a retired Spokane ear, nose and throat specialist. The endowment was generously supported by the community and also augmented by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.