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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New Study Finds That 4.2 Million Kids Experience Homelessness Each Year

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Pastor Urges Texas Shooting Survivors To Choose Light Over Darkness

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After Church Massacre, Many Texas Residents Want Gun Laws Relaxed For Protection

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High School Football In Texas Takes On New Meaning After Shooting

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Hondurans And Nicaraguans In The U.S. Anxious About Future Of Protected Status

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Agnes Kolodziaj and Lucas Pawelek kiss in front of the Gazebo at A Little White Wedding Chapel. The Polish couple started planning their Las Vegas nuptials six months ago. Leila Fadel /NPR hide caption

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After Tragedy In Las Vegas, The Weddings Must Go On

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Las Vegas Works To Secure Tourism Industry After Music Festival Shooting

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New Information Revealed About Shooting At Route 91 Harvest Music Festival

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Las Vegas Survivors Search For The Heroes Who Helped Save Them

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Las Vegas Authorities Say Security Guard Was Shot Before Gunman Targeted Crowd

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The Latest In The Investigation Into Las Vegas Mass Shooting

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Recovering Las Vegas Teen Survivor Remains Fearless And Positive

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