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Dina Temple-Raston

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Dina Temple-Raston is a correspondent on NPR's Investigations team focusing on breaking news stories and national security, technology and social justice.

Previously, Temple-Raston worked in NPR's programming department to create and host I'll Be Seeing You, a four-part series of radio specials for the network that focused on the technologies that watch us. Before that, she served as NPR's counter-terrorism correspondent for more than a decade, reporting from all over the world to cover deadly terror attacks, the evolution of ISIS and radicalization. While on leave from NPR in 2018, she independently executive produced and hosted a non-NPR podcast called What Were You Thinking, which looked at what the latest neuroscience can reveal about the adolescent decision-making process.

In 2014, she completed a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University where, as the first Murrey Marder Nieman Fellow in Watchdog Journalism, she studied the intersection of Big Data and intelligence.

Prior to joining NPR in 2007, Temple-Raston was a longtime foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in China and served as Bloomberg's White House correspondent during the Clinton Administration. She has written four books, including The Jihad Next Door: Rough Justice in the Age of Terror, about the Lackawanna Six terrorism case, and A Death in Texas: A Story About Race, Murder and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption, about the racially-motivated murder of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, Texas, which won the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers prize. She is a regular reviewer of national security books for the Washington Post Book World, and also contributes to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Radiolab, the TLS and the Columbia Journalism Review, among others.

She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and she has an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Manhattanville College.

Temple-Raston was born in Belgium and her first language is French. She also speaks Mandarin and a smattering of Arabic.

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What We Know About The Russian Phishing Hack

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Microsoft says the same group that breached the software company SolarWinds seems to have launched another hack, this time using phishing attacks on a number of human rights agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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What Microsoft Officials Know About Russia's Phishing Hack Targeting USAID

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Hackers used the U.S. Agency for International Development's email marketing account to send messages that looked legitimate — but links in the email exposed recipients to malicious software, Microsoft says. Screen grab by Microsoft hide caption

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The CDC's early coronavirus test was poorly designed, and it also came with problematic instructions, NPR has learned. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images hide caption

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A new report says a division within the Department of Homeland Security missed signs of potential violence before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Report: DHS Division Failed To Analyze Intelligence Ahead Of Capitol Violence

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Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, says an upcoming executive order will strengthen U.S. cybersecurity, from setting up new ways to investigate cyberattacks to developing standards for software. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Order To Require New Cybersecurity Standards In Response To SolarWinds Attack

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The SolarWinds Attack: The Story Behind The Hack

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An NPR investigation into the SolarWinds attack reveals a hack unlike any other, launched by a sophisticated adversary intent on exploiting the soft underbelly of our digital lives. Zoë van Dijk for NPR hide caption

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A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack

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The FBI has released a substantial amount of information, including surveillance video, about the unidentified bomb-maker. FBI/screenshot by NPR hide caption

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What We Know About The Suspect Who Planted Bombs Before The Capitol Riot

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ISIS and domestic extremism in the U.S. are driven by very different ideologies, but the process by which young people are radicalized is remarkably similar. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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A Tale Of 2 Radicalizations

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Bruno Cua, 18, is allegedly seen here with his back to the camera, holding a tan jacket. Prosecutors say he entered the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with a handful of other rioters. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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A demonstrator wears an Oath Keepers anti-government organization badge on a tactical vest during a protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5, 2021. Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Gen. Paul Nakasone, the National Security Agency director, told NPR ahead of the 2020 elections that the U.S. was "going to expand our insights of our adversaries. ... We're going to know our adversaries better than they know themselves." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Russia May Have Stepped Up Its Hacking Game

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When law enforcement officials failed to anticipate that pro-Trump supporters would devolve into a violent mob, they fell victim to what one expert calls "the invisible obvious." He said it was hard for authorities to see that people who looked like them could want to commit this kind of violence. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Didn't The FBI And DHS Produce A Threat Report Ahead of The Capitol Insurrection?

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