Leila Fadel Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR based in Las Vegas, covering issues of culture, diversity, and race.
Leila Fadel at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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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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Majority Of Americans Say Shutdown Is 'Embarrassing For The Country'

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'An Act Of Faithful Resistance': Congregations Offer Refuge For Immigrants

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After Falling Short, U.S. Army Gets Creative With New Recruiting Strategy

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Andrea Savage plays a comedy writer and a mom on her truTV series I'm Sorry, now in its second season. As she created the pilot, Savage tried not to worry what people thought of the show. "I'm going to focus and make the show in the spirit of what I want it to be," she says. "I know what my intentions are, and I hope that then that translates." Her daughter is played by Olive Petrucci. truTV hide caption

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'I'm Sorry' Makes No Apologies For Capturing Cringeworthy Family Moments

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In Yemen, thousands of civilians have been killed, but in the backdrop of this bloodshed and destruction is another tragedy: the looting of the country's history. Its precious antiquities plundered by criminals and violent extremists. Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Yemen's Loss Of Antiquities Is 'Robbing Them Of Their Future'

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Martha Stewart says in the last 30 years she's seen the food offerings at parties become a lot more interesting and varied. "Our interest in all kinds of things culinary, and all kinds of things related to celebration has really expanded tremendously," she says. Fadil Berisha/Magrino PR hide caption

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Here Are Martha Stewart's Tips For Hosting A Terrific New Year's Eve

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In 2018, Streaming Services Helped Fuel A New Latin Explosion

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In The Midst Of Wildfire Chaos, Families Try To Plan Funerals For Their Loved Ones

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The Search Continues For The Hundreds Who Are Missing After California Wildfires

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Wildfires Razed Calif. Neighborhoods But What About Untouched Homes?

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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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