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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Federal authorities investigate a case about false threats of school shootings

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After 20 years, examining the mixed legacy of the Department of Homeland Security

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A man shouts into a bullhorn as Trump supporters gather in front of the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix, where ballots were being counted following the 2020 presidential election. Federal officials have warned about violence erupting after this year's election, with experts particularly concerned about the period after Nov. 8. Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Concerns of violence grow as Election Day nears

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Concerns of political violence loom days before the midterms

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Domestic terrorism investigations and arrests shot up in 2021

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Police officers respond to a call that an active shooter had reportedly injured 24 students at Chillicothe High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, in September. The call turned out to be a hoax. Similar scenes have played out at schools across the country in recent weeks. Chillicothe Police Department/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Those fake active shooter calls to schools? A similar thing happened before

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Schools across the country are being targeted with hoax calls about active shooters

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In response to a false call about an active shooter, police and emergency workers descended on Robert Anderson Middle School in Anderson, South Carolina, on Oct. 5. Parents rushed to pick up their children, causing a traffic jam in front of the school. Ken Ruinard/USA TODAY Network/Reuters hide caption

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A police officer holds one of a group of men, among 31 arrested for conspiracy to riot and affiliated with the white nationalist group Patriot Front, after they were found in the rear of a U-Haul van in the vicinity of a North Idaho Pride Alliance LGBTQ+ event in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on June 11, 2022. John Rudoff/Reuters hide caption

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Trials begin for Patriot Front members, but some say local prosecutions aren't enough

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White House summit kicks off efforts to help communities address hate-fueled violence

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White House hosts bipartisan summit to tackle hate-fueled violence

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A campaign made it harder to access an anti-trans website linked to multiple suicides

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What Biden's speech left out about the growing popular support for political violence

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