Journalist Mara Liasson to speak at Maine Law Commencement
April 2, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – Mara Liasson, an award-winning political correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s commencement for the University of Maine School of Law.
Graduation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Ninety seven students will be awarded J.D. degrees and two students will be awarded LL.M. degrees. Also, more than two dozen merit awards will be presented to graduates. Family and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony, and tickets are not required.
Mara Liasson joined NPR as a reporter in 1985. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's news magazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C., focusing on the White House and Congress, and she also reports on political trends beyond the beltway. Liasson has covered every presidential election since 1992. She was NPR’s White House correspondent for both terms of President Bill Clinton. Liasson is also a regular contributor to Fox News, appearing as a panelist on “Fox News Sunday.”
Liasson won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and 1997. Prior to joining NPR, she was a freelance and television reporter in San Francisco, a managing editor and anchor of a California Public Radio nightly news program, California Edition, 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.