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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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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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Men’s Shelter Tries To End On A Good Note

Fifteen men remain at a homeless shelter in Uptown that’s slated to close.

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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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