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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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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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Mother Teresa’s Legacy In Chicago

Mother Teresa is canonized a saint of the Catholic Church this weekend. The occasion is especially meaningful for a small group of nuns who continue her work in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods.

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Muslim Leaders Worry Sentencing Too Light On Imam

Some Muslim leaders worry the light sentencing of a west-suburban imam on sexual assault charges could undermine the bravery of his victims.

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West Suburban Muslim Cleric Pleads Guilty To Criminal Charges

A much-revered conservative Muslim cleric who founded a religious school in Elgin has pleaded guilty to counts of sexual assault.

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West Loop Residents Try To Hold Onto Harpo Studio History

As demolition of Harpo Studios continues… one West Loop resident has been trying to preserve some of its history.

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Individuals Charged With Defrauding Housing Agency

The Chicago Housing Authority’s Inspector General says her office has found instances where individuals were cheating the public agency.

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Lake Drownings Up: Heat To Blame?

So far, 2016 has had an alarmingly high rate of drownings in Lake Michigan. One water safety expert thinks warm weather is to blame.

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North Side Group Turns Foreclosure Lemons To Affordability Lemonade

Communities United, a North Side community group, has successfully turned 19 foreclosed homes into permanent affordable housing in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

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Aldermen Tackle Police Accountability Reform

City council members are considering ways to change how police are held accountable in Chicago for misconduct.

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What You Need To Know About Illinois’ Attempt At Automatic Voter Registration

Advocates for automatic voter registration in Illinois say Gov. Bruce Rauner's reasons for vetoing their bill are bogus.

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Muslim Woman Sues Chicago, Police For Religious Profiling

She claims she was targeted by police on the CTA because of her religion.

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Kirk Calls For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Republican Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says it is critical to pass comprehensive immigration reform soon.

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Activists Claim Immigration Agents Profiled Workers

Activists are accusing federal agents of racial profiling in a recent immigration enforcement action on day laborers in Chicago.

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Lawyers: U.N. Should Demand U.S. Action On Unlicensed Drug Programs

Human rights lawyers want the U.N. to shame the U.S. into action over Puerto Ricans sent to Chicago for substandard addiction treatment.

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Experts Call For Clearer Rules On Addiction Services In Illinois

Questions about possible illicit medical treatment at unlicensed programs in Chicago have experts calling for clearer regulation of addiction services in Illinois.

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