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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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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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In Chicago, Are Unlicensed Programs Illegally Administering Addiction Meds?

Some controversial, unlicensed drug therapy programs on Chicago’s West and South Sides may illegally have administered certain narcotics to addicts.

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Are Unlicensed Centers Illegally Administering Addiction Meds?

Group counseling may not have been the only therapy used at unlicensed addiction programs in Chicago. Some say medications were used, too.

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One Man Behind The Pipeline Of Puerto Ricans Addicts To Chicago

Luis “Wisin” Negron says he helped to bring hundreds of Puerto Ricans to Chicago for help at controversial residential drug addiction services.

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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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