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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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White nationalists must pay $25 million in damages for their part in deadly Va. rally

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The suspect in the Wis. Christmas parade attack has a previous criminal record

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Far right extremists herald Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal

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Armed participants walk at a Proud Boys rally with other right-wing demonstrators in September 2020 in Portland, Ore. Far-right groups celebrated the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial. John Locher/AP hide caption

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For far-right groups, Rittenhouse's acquittal is a cause for celebration

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Rittenhouse verdict could be interpreted as a 'permission slip' by some extremists

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A demonstrator wears a badge for the extremist group the Oath Keepers on a protective vest during a protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., the day before the Capitol siege. Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Active-duty police in major U.S. cities appear on purported Oath Keepers rosters

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Emancipation Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Hate on trial in Virginia, four years after deadly extremist rally

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Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, holds a U.S. flag during a July protest in Miami as part of a show of solidarity for Cubans who were demonstrating against their government in Cuba. Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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After Arrests And Setbacks, Far-Right Proud Boys Press New Ambitions

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Website Tailored To Paramilitary Groups Experiences Explosive Growth

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Coronavirus Pandemic Upends The Dry Cleaning Industry

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Luis Pedrote-Salinas, seen at a July news conference, is suing the Chicago Police Department for including him in a gang database, an inaccurate designation that he thinks cost him the chance for protection under the DACA program. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Activists: Gang Database Disproportionately Targets Young Men Of Color

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One Woman Shares How She Was Drawn Into A Gang At An Early Age

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A View Of The Ride-Share Debate From The Backseat Of Both Sides

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