Leila Fadel Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR based in Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles, 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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Trump's Support From Latino Voters Holds Steady

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Latino Voters Face Even More Voting Challenges Because Of Pandemic

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During the Sept. 29 presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland, President Trump declined to denounce white supremacists. Days later he told Fox News that he condemned right-wing hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Proud Boys. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Critics Accuse Trump Of Using Race To Divide Americans

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Trump Appears To Engage Far-Right Group During Debate Answer

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Professor Is At Center Of Controversy Over Chinese Word That Sounded Like Racial Slur

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Ted Hearne's latest work, a theatrical production reckoning with gentrification and privilege, was commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and was supposed to premiere on the West Coast in late March. Instead, Place was released as an album. Jen Rosenstein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ted Hearne On Exploring Gentrification Through The Music Of 'Place'

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Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari visits "Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street" at Fox Business Network Studios on October 11, 2019. Kashkari is calling for a return to mandated lockdowns in every state for up to six weeks in an effort to save both lives and the economy in response to COVID-19. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images hide caption

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A National Lockdown Could Be The Economy's Best Hope, Says Minneapolis Fed President

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After Being Called Out For Racism, What Comes Next?

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Pittsburgh Teen 'Rises Up' In Song For WYEP's Reimagination Program

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How A Taiwanese Couple In Their 80s Became Instagram's Newest Fashion Influencers

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Protests For Racial Justice Bring Light To Anti-Blackness Within Communities Of Color

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Like Her 'Radioactive' Elements, Marie Curie Didn't 'Behave' As Expected

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Protesters Call For Police To Be Defunded. But What Does That Mean?

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A Former Minneapolis Police Officer's Case Shows An Example Of Selective Justice

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Judge Sets A Bail For Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin

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