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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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Durbin calls on feds to limit opioid production

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says pharma companies are producing too many addictive opioid pills - and it’s time for the feds to address that.

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Homeless Housing Effort Hits Snags

An effort to house 75 chronically homeless who live under viaducts in Uptown by early July has hit some snags.

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Beloved Uptown Social Enterprise Restaurant To Close

Inspiration Cafe trained homeless people for jobs in the culinary industry. It's closing at the end of this month.

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‘They Shouldn’t Exist’: Father Blames Drug Programs For Son’s Death

Another Puerto Rican man who was sent to Chicago under false promises of getting addiction treatment has been found dead.

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Cartoon Controversy Roils Local Muslim Leaders

Some Muslim leaders in the Chicago area are calling foul on an editorial cartoon published by the Chicago Tribune on Saturday.

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New Uber Rules May Leave Chicago In Legal Limbo

Many are questioning whether a new set of rules for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft will put Chicago in the clear on a federal lawsuit.

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From Tragedy, Some Hope: Muslim LGBTQ Look To Dispel Taboos

A Chicago-area LGBTQ community gathers to share stories of pain caused by prejudice within their religious community.

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Muslims In Chicago Start Groundbreaking Talks Around Homophobia

Scores of Chicago-area Muslims came together Tuesday night for what many called a historic gathering.

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Lawmakers Call For Answers On ‘Deceptive’ Deportation

Legislators are calling for a review of how immigration authorities detained an undocumented Mexican man in a Northwestern suburb.

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DePaul President Resigns

Rev. Dennis Holtschneider announced he will step down on the heels of recent racial controversies on the Chicago campus.

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City Colleges Chancellor To Stay One More Year

The controversial head of City Colleges of Chicago says she will stay in the post one more year to allow time for her replacement to be found.

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Questions Of Campus Safety, Free Speech Collide At DePaul University

Some students are still trying to make sense of events contributing to racial tensions on campus.

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National Organizations Worried About Chicago To Puerto Rico Addict Pipeline

The head of a national organization for sober living houses is concerned about some Chicago residences where Puerto Rican addicts have been sent.

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Puerto Rico-Addict Pipeline To Chicago Fraught With Problems

Drug addicts from Puerto Rico are sent to Chicago with the promise of high-quality rehab, but in reality, they're not getting much help.

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How The Fiscal Crisis In Puerto Rico Could Lead To More Drug Addicts In Chicago

Illinois U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez says the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico could wind up sending more drug addicts to Chicago for treatment.

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Why Puerto Rico Sends Addicts To Chicago

Advocates for better addiction treatment say more communication could stem the flow of addicts from Puerto Rico to Chicago.

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'Had He Stayed In Puerto Rico, He Would Have Still Been Alive'

Puerto Rico sends drug addicts into unlicensed treatment in Chicago. Why has so little been done about it?

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Hoop Dreams: A Syrian Refugee’s Tale

As millions of Syrian refugees rebuild their lives in new countries, one in Chicago is dreaming big. He's aiming for the NBA.

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Chicago State University Prepares For Layoffs

CSU officials deny reports that the university is collecting faculty's office keys, but say the state budget impasse imperils its future.

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City Colleges of Chicago Air Their Concerns

A broad coalition of unions that work at City Colleges of Chicago is coming together to demand public hearings about changes at their schools.

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