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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

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Refugee Resettlement Groups See Surge In Volunteers

Local groups that support immigrant and refugee communities are seeing an unprecedented outpouring of offers to volunteer.

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Voting Rights Measure Fails, Alarms Immigrant Groups

Immigrant advocates are alarmed that a measure to expand voting rights in Illinois was killed in Springfield on Tuesday.

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Evanston Strengthens Sanctuary City Status

Evanston City Council unanimously passed legislation Monday to strengthen the north suburb’s Welcoming City Ordinance.

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Living In A Tent, Still Counting Blessings

“A lot of us are panhandling, you know?... As opposed to constantly just asking for stuff, how about saying thanks?”

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Can Chinatown Tax Its Way To More Tourists?

A fight is brewing in Chinatown over how to boost the neighborhood for tourism -- a goal some residents believe is critical for success.

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Immigrant Tells Emanuel, Gutierrez: 'Protect My Community, Protect Me'

Chicago officials are trying to reassure undocumented immigrants that they’ll be safe -- but some are taking little comfort.

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As Trump Visits White House, Mexican Consulate In Chicago On Alert

After Trump’s presidential win, the Mexican Consulate in Chicago says it will protect the rights of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

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Kirk Comment Upsets Some Asian-American Voters

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's comments upset many Asian-American voters in the Chicago area.

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Report: Evangelical College Needs To Recognize Unconscious Bias

The Wheaton College Board of Trustees has released a report on how the Evangelical school handled the controversial departure of a tenured political science professor.

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Right-Wing Group Targets University Of Chicago Students

A conservative group is targeting students at the University of Chicago for their involvement in Palestinian rights activities.

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Illinois' Income Inequality Rose Between 2014 And 2015

Illinois’ poverty rate last year declined while median incomes rose. But a new report shows inequality is getting deeper.

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Despite Recovery, Racial Disparities Deepen In Illinois

A new report finds that Illinois is only of very few states in the U.S. where income inequality rose between 2014 and 2015.

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In Ogden Park, A Call For Witnesses

Families of men who were gunned down in Ogden Park in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood are calling for witnesses to come forward.

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Will Chinatown Voters Show Up This Time?

Chinatown leaders say Chinese-Americans voted in unprecedented numbers during the primaries to support one of their own. But there are concerns they might not do the same in November.

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New City Colleges Initiative Creates Barriers For Some

A plan by City Colleges of Chicago to align its educational programs more closely with the jobs of tomorrow appeals to many students.

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Rideshare Case Goes To Appeals Court

Should taxis and rideshare services like Uber or Lyft all have to follow the same rules? Some federal judges will hear arguments about this today.

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Immigrant Advocates Move To Strengthen Chicago’s 'Welcoming City' Ordinance

The advocates are pushing to bar police from making verbal threats of deportation against Chicago residents and their family members.

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Chicago Homeless Count At Ten-year Low

Chicago officials say the number of homeless people is the lowest its been in a decade… even though it may not seem so to casual observers.

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Man Tests Homeless Bill Of Rights Law In Illinois

A homeless man in Chicago is suing the city for allegedly throwing away all his belongings.

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Group Claims Uptown Company Discriminated Against Tenants

Managers of an Uptown apartment building are accused of illegally discriminating against some elderly, foreign-born, low-income tenants.

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