Leila Fadel Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR based in Los Angeles, 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 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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Some Schools In Afghanistan Are Back, But Only For Boys. Girls Have Been Told To Wait

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Richard Powers' Book 'Bewilderment' Explores Life On And Beyond Earth

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A U.S. Strike Recently Killed Afghan Civilians, But It's Far From The First Time

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Thousands of Migrants, Mostly From Haiti, Are Packed Under Texas Bridge

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El Salvador Protest Reflected Concerns Over Democracy And Bitcoin

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Ali Malik, 37, with his sons Muhammad Binyamin, 9, and Layth Noah, 5. Malik is part of a class action lawsuit against the FBI alleging religious discrimination and violations of surveillance laws. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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For Many American Muslims, The Legacy Of 9/11 Lies In The Battle For Civil Rights

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His Family Fled Afghanistan 30 Years Ago. Now He's Watching It Happen Again

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WHO Weighs In On Countries Offering A Booster Shot

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After 3 Failed Attempts To Flee Afghanistan, A Family Clings To Hope

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Louisiana Power Provider Shares How — And When — The Company Will Repair Outages

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Hospital President In Louisiana Describes Hurricane Ida's Impact

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As Withdrawal Deadline Nears, Kabul Airport Crowds Grow Increasingly Desperate

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Biden Vows To Strike Back After Attack Kills 13 U.S. Service Members In Kabul

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News Brief: Kabul Attack, Evacuations To Continue, Eviction Moratorium Ruling

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