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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

Study: Domestic Violence Resources Lacking On South, West Sides

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

WBEZ Updates

Cabbies Protest Lenders On Underwater Loans

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

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

ACLU Urges Stronger Chicago Sanctuary Policies

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

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ Updates

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.]


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.

WBEZ Updates

Low-Wage Workers Fear Speaking Up

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

WBEZ Updates

Coalition Aims To Naturalize More Immigrants

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

WBEZ Updates

Immigrant Detainee Claims Neglect, Abuse

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

WBEZ Updates

Immigrants Take Citizenship Oath

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


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."

WBEZ Updates

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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