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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Immigration 'Crackdown': Just A Threat?

Some activists are wondering if the “crackdown” is meant to be more talk than action.

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University Of Chicago Professor Files Legal Brief On Travel Ban

A law professor at the University of Chicago. elped file an amicus brief on behalf of Muslim and Arab American professional groups.

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North Side School Rallies For Immigrant Families Worried About Trump Ban

Almost half of Swift Elementary's student body was born outside the U.S. The school hosted a rally and immigration law workshop on Thursday.

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Mother: ‘This Is The First Time In Our Lives We’ve Been Separated’

After changes to the U.S. refugee resettlement rules, one Syrian mother is reeling from the possibility of never seeing her son again.

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Chicago Area Mosques Ramp Up Security After Weekend Violence

About a dozen local imams plan to meet tomorrow to discuss heightened precautions.

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No Day Of Rest For Faith Groups

Many Chicago-area religious groups spent their Sunday organizing after Trump's refugee ban caused confusion and panic at airports around the world.

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Immigration Advocates Decry Trump’s Executive Actions

Community organizations representing immigrants and their allies reacted to some executive orders that President Trump signed today.

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Homeless Communities Resist City Cleaning Efforts

Residents of two homeless encampments on Chicago’s North Side are continuing resistance against scheduled street cleanings.

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Last Minute Donation Keeps Doors Open At Uptown Shelter

A men’s shelter that was on the brink of closing is now welcoming homeless guests again.

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In Uptown Tent City, Do Your Part Or Get Kicked Out

A homeless community on the North Side has devised its own governance system, with rules and roles to support each other.

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Two-Year Study On Costs Of Segregation Expected This Spring

The study that examines the regional economic costs of deepening economic and racial segregation.

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Tent City Residents Protest Cleanings

People living in tents under Chicago viaducts are saying they’ve had enough of the city’s bimonthly street cleanings.

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Organizers Plan 'Resistance Rally' Before Inauguration

Organizers are hoping to draw thousands of Chicagoans to a so-called “resistance rally."

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One Restaurant In Chicago Declares Itself A “Sanctuary”

Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood is declaring itself to be a “sanctuary” to immigrants, Muslims and LGBTQ people.

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Hours From Closure, Uptown Homeless Shelter Given Three-Year Grant

The shelter on Lawrence Avenue had been scheduled to close Friday.

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Heading Into The New Year With No Home

A well-established homeless shelter in Uptown is closing, and some residents don’t know where to go next.

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