Mara Liasson (/ˈmɑːrə ˈlaɪ.əsən/; born June 13, 1955) is an American journalist and political pundit. She is the national political correspondent for National Public Radio and also a contributor at Fox News Channel.
Liasson was born in New York City. She graduated from Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York in 1973. Additionally, when she was studying at Scarsdale High School, she was one of a few students to form the Scarsdale Alternative School, an experimental democratic community that still exists today. She is a graduate of Brown University (class of 1977) with a bachelor of arts degree in American history. She is also a practicing Jew.
Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco and worked at Berkeley's KPFA before joining NPR in 1985. She was awarded a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism to study at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for a year; she took leave to do that in 1988-89, then became NPR's congressional correspondent. She was NPR's White House correspondent from 1992–2001, receiving the White House Correspondents' Association's Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage for 1994, 1995 and 1997. She is now NPR's national political correspondent.
She joined Fox News in 1997. She is a regular contributor to Special Report with Bret Baier and a panelist on FOX News Sunday.
She has also worked as a panelist for the WETA-TV (a subset of PBS) weekend news program Washington Week.
She is married to Jonathan Cuneo, a partner in the Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca law firm in Washington, D.C.