Leila Fadel Leila Fadel is a national correspondent for NPR based in Los Angeles, covering issues of culture, diversity, and race.
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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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Biden Signs Most Far-Reaching Federal Protections For LGBTQ People Yet

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'The Separate and Unequal Health System' Highlighted By COVID-19

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Why Black Officers Find Breach Of U.S. Capitol Particularly Upsetting

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Site That Traffics In Misinformation Fills Void Left By Struggling Newspaper

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'Now The World Gets To See The Difference': BLM Protesters On The Capitol Attack

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BLM Protesters Express Frustration Over Police Treatment Of Mob On Capitol Hill

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LA County Hospitals Begin To Ration Care Amid Coronavirus Surge

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News Brief: Politics Of Relief, Ariz. COVID-19 Surge, Census Delay

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News Brief: COVID-19 Variant, Abortion Vote, Pandemic Relief

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News Brief: Pandemic Relief, Nashville Blast, EU Vaccinations

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After Increase In White Supremacist Incidents, LA County Turns To Hate Hotline

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Majority Of Muslims Voted For Biden, But Trump Got More Support Than He Did In 2016

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Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich Says GOP Is 'Afraid' Of Trump

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