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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Protesters Call For Police To Be Defunded. But What Does That Mean?

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A Former Minneapolis Police Officer's Case Shows An Example Of Selective Justice

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Judge Sets A Bail For Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin

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People gather on June 3, at the site where George Floyd, an African-American man, was killed while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. Jim Urquhart for NPR hide caption

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In A Place Of Tragedy People Resist And Find Solace

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New Charges Filed Against Ex-Minneapolis Officers In George Floyd's Death

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Armed Neighborhood Groups Form In The Absence Of Police Protection

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Neighbors In Minneapolis Unite To Protect Small Businesses During Unrest

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Minnesota Attorney General Will Lead Prosecution In George Floyd's Death

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Restaurant Owner Whose Business Burned Calls For Justice For George Floyd

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Minneapolis Family Hopes For Justice Despite Losing Business To George Floyd Protests

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Unrest Erupts Across The U.S. Following George Floyd's Death

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Ex-Police Officer Who Knelt On George Floyd's Neck Is Arrested And Faces Charges

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Many Essential Employees Still Rely On Buses For Daily Commute

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Public Health Experts Say Many States Are Opening Too Soon To Do So Safely

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As part of a demonstration across from the White House on May 7, National Nurses United set out empty shoes for nurses who have died from COVID-19. The union is asking employers and the government to provide safe workplaces, including adequate staffing. Hospitals have been laying off and furloughing nurses due to lost revenue. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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As Hospitals Lose Revenue, More Than A Million Health Care Workers Lose Jobs

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