NPR’s Mara Liasson to analyze 2016 election at free JFSA event

Mara Liasson

The Jewish Federation will launch its 2017 Community Campaign with a free event, “Together: A Post Election Conversation with Mara Liasson” on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Anshei Israel.

Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR and a regular panelist on “Special Report with Bret Baier” on the Fox News Channel. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” She 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.

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered seven presidential elections. 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 1997. From 1989-1992, she 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. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in American history.

The Together event is free but registration is required at jfsa.org or 577-9393.

Reception with Mara Liasson

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona will hold a reception with Mara Liasson for members of JFSA’s Tikkun Circle and Ben Gurion Society, which include donors to the JFSA 2017 Community Campaign of $1,000 (per couple) or $500 (individual). The reception, with a light supper and no-host bar, will be held at 5:30 p.m.at Congregation Anshei Israel, prior to Liasson’s talk at 7 p.m.

There is a $36 registration fee. Attendees are invited to submit a question for Liasson when they register. RSVP at jfsa.org or call Lisa Yeager at 577-9393, ext. 125.