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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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Does New Neighborhood Watch Reduce Crime Or Create Resident-Cops?

CPD has partnered with residents in the relatively low-crime neighborhood on a community policing program. But other residents are wary.

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Low-Wage Workers Fear Speaking Up

A study finds that retaliation against low-wage workers who speak up is rampant in Illinois.

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Coalition Aims To Naturalize More Immigrants

A new push is underway to help eligible immigrants become citizens.

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Immigrant Detainee Claims Neglect, Abuse

A disabled immigrant detainee being held in McHenry County claims he’s being denied the care he needs.

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Immigrants Take Citizenship Oath

Eight men and women took oaths to become U.S. citizens in downtown Chicago this morning.

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Rogers Park Effort Aims To ‘Ruin’ ICE’s Plans

A group of Rogers Park residents hope to make immigration raids so slow that ICE agents "never want to come back."

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Federal Lawsuit Filed By Chicago Man Injured By ICE Agents

A new lawsuit claims that Chicago Police helped immigration agents target a Chicago man.

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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.

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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.

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Fight Over Tent City Location Continues In Courts

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

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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.

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United Incident Stokes Fear Among Asian Americans

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

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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.

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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.

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Activists Call For Transparency In ICE Shooting

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

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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.

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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.

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Muslim Family Claims Discrimination On United Flight

A Chicago-area Muslim family is suing United Airlines.

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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.

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Refugee Agencies Brace For Cuts

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

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