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Odette Yousef

Odette Yousef

Northside Reporter

Odette Yousef is WBEZ's North Side reporter.

Prior to WBEZ, she worked as a General Assignment reporter at WABE an NPR member station in Atlanta, Georgia. She also was an Editorial Assistant for NPR’s Talk of the Nation in Washington, DC.

Odette has a B.A. from Harvard University in Economics and East Asian Studies and she has won numerous awards, including a Lisagor Award, Edward R. Murrow and the Atlanta Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year.

Recent Stories

WBEZ Updates

Local Officials "Pleased”By Judge’s Sanctuary Order

Local officials are pleased that a federal judge in California has halted an effort to strip federal from sanctuary jurisdictions.


Undocumented And A Victim Of A Violent Crime

Local authorities in Illinois can help victims of some crimes obtain a special visa. But that depends on where they live.

WBEZ Updates

Fight Over Tent City Location Continues In Courts

A fight over where Uptown’s tent cities can go is playing out in courts.


Small Lincoln Park Church Takes Big Risk To Harbor Immigrants

A Lincoln Park church is creating a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Advocates say they should be ready to defend their space.

WBEZ Updates

United Incident Stokes Fear Among Asian Americans

Asian Americans in Chicago react to footage of United passenger dragged off flight


Undocumented Parents Face Imperfect Options For Kids

Worried about deportations, parents who live in the country illegally are struggling with safety plans for their U.S.-born children.

WBEZ Updates

Illinois Legislators Aim To Restore Immigrants' Faith In Police

State legislators hope a new bill could eliminate fear in the undocumented community over cooperating with police.


Activists Call For Transparency In ICE Shooting

Federal authorities and an attorney for the hospitalized man offered conflicting accounts of Monday's shooting.


Visa Changes Could Lead To Shortage Of Doctors At Chicago Hospitals

A decision to halt fast-track visa processing could derail training for thousands of foreign medical school graduates.


Illinois Congressman Ends Chicago Immigration Office Sit-in

Gutierrez and others stayed several hours beyond Monday's scheduled meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.


Muslim Family Claims Discrimination On United Flight

A Chicago-area Muslim family is suing United Airlines.


Quiet Shift In Deportation Centers Alarms Local Attorneys, Families

Immigration attorneys said they were left in the dark about a major change in how deportations are carried out in the Chicago area.


Refugee Agencies Brace For Cuts

President Trump's revised travel ban threatens refugee self-sufficiency programs.


Trump's Travel Ban Still Raises Constitutional Concerns

Some legal experts say President Trump’s revised travel ban still raises constitutional concerns.


Changes To Local Immigration Enforcement Moves Processing For Some

On Friday activists learned that immigrants processed for deportation at a federal facility in Broadview learned that those detainees were 70 miles south at a facility in Kankakee.


Trump's Address To Congress Dismays Immigrant Advocates

Immigrant advocates in Chicago say they feel President Trump painted an inaccurate picture of their communities in his address to a joint session of Congress. 

Curious City

Where Do Chicago’s Homeless Go In The Winter?

Coffee shops, hospital waiting rooms and train cars are a few of the places Chicago’s homeless go to escape the cold.


New Immigration Enforcement Policies Worry Some Chicago Attorneys

The changes would expand a policy that allows federal officers to fast-track the deportation of immigrants in the U.S. less than two years.


Memos Clarify Travel Ban Executive Order

Two new memos detail how the federal government will implement executive orders on immigration that President Donald Trump signed last month.


Syrian Family Reunites After Travel Ban

A Syrian family from Northwest Indiana finally reunited at O’Hare Airport yesterday after President Trump’s travel ban took a devastating toll on them.

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