Leila Fadel Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR based in Las Vegas, covering issues of culture, diversity, and race.

Leila Fadel

National Correspondent

Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR based in Las Vegas, covering issues of culture, diversity, and race.

Most recently, she was NPR's international correspondent based in Cairo and covered the wave of revolts in the Middle East and their aftermaths in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and beyond. Her stories brought us to the heart of a state-ordered massacre of pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Cairo in 2013 when police shot into crowds of people to clear them and killed between 1,000 and 2,000 people. She told us the tales of a coup in Egypt and what it is like for a country to go through a military overthrow of an elected government. She covered the fall of Mosul to ISIS in 2014 and documented the harrowing tales of the Yazidi women who were kidnapped and enslaved by the group. Her coverage also included stories of human smugglers in Egypt and the Syrian families desperate and willing to pay to risk their lives and cross a turbulent ocean for Europe.

She was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club for her coverage of the 2013 coup in Egypt and the toll it took on the country and Egyptian families. In 2017 she earned a Gracie award for the story of a single mother in Tunisia whose two eldest daughters were brainwashed and joined ISIS. The mother was fighting to make sure it didn't happen to her younger girls.

Before joining NPR, she covered the Middle East for The Washington Post as the Cairo Bureau Chief. Prior to her position as Cairo Bureau Chief for the Post, she covered the Iraq war for nearly five years with Knight Ridder, McClatchy Newspapers, and later the Washington Post. Her foreign coverage of the devastating human toll of the Iraq war earned her the George. R. Polk award in 2007. In 2016 she was the Council on Foreign Relations Edward R. Murrow fellow.

Leila Fadel is a Lebanese-American journalist who speaks conversational Arabic and was raised in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

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Hurricane Irma Recovery Highlights Stark Divide Between Rich And Poor

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Hurricane Irma Mostly Spares Tampa Bay Area Of Florida

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Irma Weakens But Still Packs A Punch As It Moves Toward Georgia

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Hurricane Irma Evacuations Force Difficult Decisions

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Latinos outside Cardenas market in Las Vegas are hesitant to talk politics today because they feel that they are targeted by the government. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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For Some Latino Voters, DACA Is Just The Latest Blow From Trump

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University Of Nevada-Reno Won't Dismiss Student In Viral Charlottesville Rally Photo

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Sofia Majed (from left), Samah Safiullah and Noa Turk assist Fatima Diallo as she navigates the ropes course. Maggie Starbard for NPR hide caption

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Between Swimming And S'mores, Young Muslim Campers Learn To Cope With Rising Hate

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Taylor Swift Wins Groping Suit Against Ex-Radio Host

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Jury Rules In Favor Of Taylor Swift In Groping Lawsuit

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Jury Begins Deliberations In Taylor Swift Groping Trial

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Marcus Hutchins, seen in May when he was credited with hobbling the WannaCry attack. Now, U.S. authorities have arrested him for allegedly creating and distributing banking malware. Frank Augstein/AP hide caption

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Muslims In The U.S. Face Increased Discrimination, PEW Report Says

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