NPR Political Correspondent Mara Liasson to Speak at WRKF Luncheon

BATON ROUGE, La.--()--89.3 WRKF-FM, Baton Rouge’s NPR News station, announced today that NPR political correspondent Mara Liasson will speak at the station’s fifth annual Founders Luncheon Sept. 13 at 12:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge.

Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC, focusing on the White House and Congress; and political trends beyond the Beltway. She has reported on seven presidential elections since 1992. Liasson's reports are heard regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on WRKF.

“We are thrilled Mara Liasson will join us,” said WRKF President and General Manager Paul Maassen. “She brings a unique perspective on the political landscape.”

The WRKF board of directors will present its Founders Award to Mary Ann Sternberg, a longtime supporter of WRKF. Sternberg represented WRKF’s members during her two terms on WRKF’s board of directors. She is author of six books about Louisiana’s River Road.

Previous award recipients, each recognized for significant contribution to the station, were Lew Carter (posthumously), the Richard Kilbourne family, the Reilly Family, and Cyril Vetter.

The popular event, has drawn more than 600 attendees each year. Speakers at previous luncheons were political commentator James Carville, NPR commentator Cokie Roberts, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, and political strategist Mary Matalin.

Tickets are available at WRKF.ORG. Individual tickets are $100 for the general public, $85 for WRKF members. Tables of 10 are available starting at $900. Order online at:

WRKF’s Founders Luncheon is presented by Covalent Logic. The Program is made possible by Southern Strategy Group Governmental Affairs. VIP reception sponsor is Our Lady of the Lake. Major sponsors are Hancock Whitney Bank, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens LLC, and AARP Louisiana.

WRKF, Baton Rouge’s NPR station, connects community members to independent news, cultural programs, and each other, through local, national and international news and programs. Founded in 1980, WRKF is supported by donors and underwriters who value discovering the world around them.


Barbara Clark, Development Director, WRKF | 225-278-0504,

Release Summary

Political correspondent Mara Liasson will speak at the fifth annual Founders Luncheon Sept. 13 to benefit 89.3 WRKF, Baton Rouge’s NPR News station.


Barbara Clark, Development Director, WRKF | 225-278-0504,