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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

Judge Orders ICE Agents’ Names Be Revealed

A judge rejected a request by some federal immigration agents to remain anonymous in a case involving a Chicago man arrested in March.

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Homeless Group Threatens Lawsuit Over Viaduct Plan

People living in tents on Chicago’s North Side say they’re getting ready to sue the city.

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ACLU Praises Chicago Sanctuary Lawsuit — With Caveats

The prominent civil liberties group argues that Chicago still has a long way to go to live up to its ideals of protecting residents’ constitutional rights.

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Immigration Shift Could Leave Midwest Behind

Experts worry that Chicago and the region could lose out if President Donald Trump gets the changes he wants to the U.S. immigration system.

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Lawyers Hope Cases Show Racial Bias In Gang Database

One judge will hear two separate cases that claim that Chicago’s gang database leads to racial profiling.

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Chicago ID Program Aims For Gender Inclusiveness

Chicago’s municipal ID program is aiming to be gender-inclusive.

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Airbnb Tax Raises Millions For Chicago Homeless Services

A year after Chicago imposed an extra tax on Airbnb rentals, it’s generating millions of dollars to help combat homelessness.

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Study: Domestic Violence Resources Lacking On South, West Sides

A new study finds inequities in where domestic violence resources are located in Chicago.

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Cabbies Protest Lenders On Underwater Loans

Cab medallion owners in Chicago say banks should do more to alleviate their financial troubles.

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Chicago Immigrant Defense Fund Helps Hundreds

Chicagoans are getting help changing their undocumented status — thanks to a special fund set up by teh city.


After Shelter Fire, Homeless Youth Face Dwindling Options

A fire shuttered Chicago’s second-largest shelter for young people. Now, staffers are trying to salvage ties with those they served.

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ACLU Urges Stronger Chicago Sanctuary Policies

A civil liberties group says Chicago’s sanctuary city law is weak.

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Advocates Denounce ICE Effort To Arrest Parents

An initiative to arrest parents who pay smugglers to bring their children into the U.S. could put kids’ further into harm’s way.

Every Other Hour

Gunshots Or Fireworks? Here’s How Chicago Cops Know

Chicago is paying millions for technology that detects where gunshots occur. But it’s not clear whether this helps solve crimes.

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Travel Ban Development Prompts Confusion

A partial reinstatement of President Trump’s so-called “travel ban” has prompted concern and dismay among some local attorneys.

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Chicago Muslim Leader Expects Reassurance From Washington In Wake Of London Attack

A local Muslim leader questions Trump’s silence on an attack Monday morning that appears to have targeted Muslims in London.


Immigrant Taxi Owners See Their Wealth Wither In Age Of Uber, Lyft

Owning a taxi has been a path for immigrants to achieve the American dream. But that may be coming to an end as the industry struggles.

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Immigrant Groups Push For Stronger Sanctuary Policies

A rift is emerging between immigrant advocacy groups and the mayor’s office over how far the city should go to protect undocumented people.

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Chicago Colleges, Leaders Address Immigrant Mental Health

Professionals who work with immigrants and young people are turning their attention to unique mental health challenges faced by undocumented youth.

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Southwest Side Group Sees Neighborhood Reversal

Community groups have turned a foreclosure crisis in part of Chicago’s southwest side into an opportunity for affordable housing.]

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