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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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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Black Muslims Step Into Spotlight

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In Chicago, A Muslim Non-Profit Is Engaging The Community Through Activism

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American Muslim college students in Ohio (front row: left to right) Halimah Muhammad (in brown hijab), Fatima Shendy, Zaina Salem, Ruba Abu-Amara, (back row: left to right) Arkann Al-Khalilee (in gray hijab), Nora Hmeidan and Lama Abu-Amara appear in an image that was featured in Uhuru, a Kent State University magazine in an issue on identity and race. Eslah Attar for NPR hide caption

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America's Next Generation Of Muslims Insists On Crafting Its Own Story

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Amena Khan, center in hijab, with other L'Oreal ambassadors at a photo shoot in February 2017 in London. Handout/Prince's Trust/L'Oreal via Getty hide caption

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Beauty Brands Struggle With The Diverse Opinions That Come With Diverse Faces

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News Brief: House Passes Funding Extension, Pence Visits Japan, Steve Wynn Resigns

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Elad Dvash-Banks (left) and his husband, Andrew, pose for photos with their twin sons, Ethan (right) and Aiden, in their Los Angeles apartment on Tuesday. Ethan is a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the State Department that seeks the same rights as his brother, who is a U.S. citizen. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Same-Sex Couples Sue U.S. Government For Kids' Citizenship

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