Leila Fadel Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR based in Las Vegas, covering issues of culture, diversity, and race.
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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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People gather to pray for the victims of a mass shooting during a candlelight vigil in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. A gunman opened fire Wednesday evening inside a country music bar, killing multiple people, including a responding sheriff's sergeant. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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Reporting On Mass Shootings: A Familiar Heartbreaking Script

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Investigation Continues Into Motive Behind California Bar Shooting

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Mourning Thousand Oaks Community Now Threatened By Wildfires

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What We Know So Far About What Happened During Shooting In Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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Record Number Of LGBTQ Candidates Elected

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Muslims Hope To 'Wake Up' At The Ballot Box This Year

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On the set of East of La Brea at the Islamic Center of Southern California. The Web series, which focuses on two Muslim-American women, is one of a new crop of shows featuring Muslim characters. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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Muslims Are Having A Hollywood Moment

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Steve Sisolak, the Nevada Democratic gubernatorial candidate, reacts as he walks off stage at an election night party in Las Vegas after winning the primary. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Democrats See Nevada As 'The Model' For A Blue Wave

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Dennis Hof, seen outside one of his brothels in Nevada earlier this year, was found dead Tuesday. Hof was a brothel owner who beat the three-term Republican candidate in the primary for a district in southern Nevada, a victory that roiled local politics and made national headlines. Steve Marcus/Reuters hide caption

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'You Can Get Through It': Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Rebuild Their Lives

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Time Keeps Many Voters In El Paso, Texas, From Casting Ballots

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On The Sidelines Of Democracy: Exploring Why So Many Americans Don't Vote

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