Odette Yousef Odette Yousef is a National Security correspondent focusing on extremism.
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Odette Yousef

Domestic Extremism Correspondent

Odette Yousef is a National Security correspondent focusing on extremism.

In her reporting, Yousef aims to explore how extremist ideas break into the mainstream, how individuals are radicalized and efforts to counter that.

Before joining NPR in August of 2021, Yousef spent twelve years reporting for member station WBEZ in Chicago, where she was most recently part of the Race, Class and Identity team. While there, she was reporter and host for Season 3 of WBEZ's investigative podcast, Motive. The podcast, which won a 2021 national Edward R. Murrow award, explores the emergence and spread of the neo-Nazi skinhead movement in the U.S. and its connections to the far right extremism of today. Yousef was also part of a team that won a 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Continuing Coverage, and she received a 2018 Studs Terkel Community Media Award. Prior to joining WBEZ, Yousef reported at WABE in Atlanta.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Yousef received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and East Asian studies from Harvard University. She is based in Chicago.

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Tuesday

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker speaks on the steps of the state judicial building on April 5, 2006, in Montgomery, Ala. Jamie Martin/AP hide caption

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Alabama justice's ties with far-right Christian movement raise concern

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Monday

A look at the Christian Nationalist beliefs of Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice

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Friday

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ICYMI: Politics News From The Week

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Friday

Participants in the "Take Our Border Back" convoy arrive at a ranch near Quemado, Texas on Feb. 2. Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The border crisis is helping to mainstream a dangerous conspiracy theory

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Thursday

Border rhetoric could inspire acts of violence, extremist experts say

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Friday

Growing list of public and private people are being targeted by swatting attempts

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Friday

The Colorado Supreme Court in Denver hears arguments on Dec. 6 regarding former President Donald Trump's eligibility for the state's primary ballot. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Violent online rhetoric heats up after Colorado ballot ruling on Trump

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Thursday

Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits at the defense table while waiting for proceedings to begin in his civil business fraud trial in New York State Supreme Court on Dec. 7, 2023 in New York City. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Trump's rhetoric draws alarming comparisons to autocratic leaders and dictators

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Monday

Two states are filing lawsuits to curtail the activities of a neo-Nazi organization

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Tuesday

Speaker Mike Johnson draws scrutiny for ties to far right Christian movements

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Friday

In a still frame from video law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting late last month in Burlington, Vt. The suspect is accused of shooting three young men of Palestinian descent who were attending a Thanksgiving holiday gathering near the University of Vermont campus. Wayne Savage/AP hide caption

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For years, the FBI quietly stopped tracking anti-Arab violence and hate crimes

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Wednesday

Why hate crimes against Arab Americans have long been difficult to track

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Friday

Did a letter written by Osama bin Laden really go viral on TikTok this week?

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Wednesday

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., speaks during a news conference with families of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol November 7, 2023 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

When Israeli-Palestinian conflicts erupt, threats against U.S. Jews and Muslims surge

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Tuesday

New survey shows that local officials are experiencing increased hostility

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Thursday

RICO case against cop city protesters in Atlanta stirs concerns about free speech

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Wednesday

Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio sentenced to 22 years for Jan. 6 riot role

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Tuesday

Enrique Tarrio, ex-Proud Boys leader, is sentenced to 22 years for his role in Jan. 6

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Tuesday

In light of the Jacksonville shooting, here's how hate groups have grown in Florida

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Thursday

Oliver Anthony performs at the Eagle Creek Golf Club on Aug. 19, 2023, in Moyock, N.C. Mike Caudill/Billboard via Getty Images hide caption

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The rise of Oliver Anthony and 'Rich Men North of Richmond'

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Oliver Anthony performs in Moyock, North Carolina, on Saturday. Virginian Pilot/TNS / Tribune News Service/Getty Images hide caption

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