Washington, D.C. is the hub for the voices and ideas that keep America moving, and the keynote speaker for DMA’s 2017 Washington Nonprofit Conference, Mara Liasson, has reported on some of the loudest voices in the nation.
Liasson is a veteran national political correspondent for National Public Radio, one of the biggest nonprofits in the country. Liasson will be delivering her keynote speech on the first day of the 2017 Washington Nonprofit Conference to kick off the two days of learning.
Currently, Liasson is a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She provides extensive coverage of DC politics with a focus on policies that come out of the White House and Congress. But she has a finger on the political pulse of the country as a whole as well. Liasson can also be seen often on FOX News as a contributor and serves as a panelist for FOX News Sunday.
Liasson has a rich history as a political correspondent and has covered six presidential elections going back to 1992 (seven if you count the 2016 election). Before her current assignment, Liasson served as NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She also won the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage three times: in 1994, 1995 and 1997. Before that, Liasson was NPR’s congressional correspondent from 1989-1992.
But Liasson doesn’t only have experience on the east coast. Before joining NPR, Liasson was a freelance radio and TV reporter in San Francisco, and she was also a managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program.
The theme of the 2017 conference is ‘”Disrupt,” and Liasson is the perfect person to talk about the political and cultural disruptions currently taking place. With her work on NPR and FOX News, Liasson has listened to voices from all over the political spectrum and delivered fair, balanced reporting no matter her platform.
This year, Liasson kept a close eye on the energetic presidential campaign from stump speeches to debates to election night itself. Since Nov. 8, Liasson has been reporting on announcements for the president-elect’s cabinet picks as well as general reaction to Trump winning the presidency.
Though it is difficult to predict the future with any certainty anymore, Liasson will be a great speaker to kick off the 2017 Washington Nonprofit Conference. Not only is she one of the longest-running voices on one of the most famous nonprofit organizations in the country, but she has been avidly following the social and political currents that have made this global electoral season so disruptive.
To keep up with all the social and technological disruptions that may affect your nonprofit, make sure to attend the DMA’s 2017 Washington Nonprofit Conference this February.
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