Leila Fadel Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR based in Las Vegas, covering issues of culture, diversity, and race.

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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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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Deb Haaland worked on President Obama's 2008 campaign before chairing New Mexico's Democratic Party. Now she's running for office with a record number of other Native Americans across the country. Juan Labreche/AP hide caption

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Record Number Of Native Americans Running For Office In Midterms

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The now infamous incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia is far from isolated. Experts say it echoes a tragic past that excluded black people from public spaces. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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Nordstrom Rack: "We have three gentlemen..."

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Police Are Being Used To Exclude Black People From Public Places

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Police Are Being Used To Exclude Black People From Public Places

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Las Vegas Golden Knights Surprise Everyone As Team Reaches Final In First Year

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People place bets at the Sports Book at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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Las Vegas Welcomes The Spread Of Sports Gambling

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Noshaba Afzal (right) — with daughters (from left) Maimona Afzal Berta, 23, Sana Afzal, 16, and Honna Afzal, 18 — says bullying of Muslims has become a "safety issue." Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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Bullied For Its Faith, Muslim Family Fights Back Through Education

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Turning Rampant Anti-Muslim Bullying Into Teachable Moments

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A Mosque For LGBTQ Muslims

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Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, seen in a photograph for the NCAA Champion Magazine last year, was the first Muslim woman in a headscarf to play NCAA Division I basketball. Jamie Schwaberow hide caption

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Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir:"We belong in every space"

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