International Correspondent, NPR; Edward R. Murrow Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Leila Fadel is NPR's international correspondent based in Cairo and the 2016-2017 Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Over the past four years, Fadel has covered the Middle East for NPR. She snuck into a Shiite village in Saudi Arabia just as the Saudi-led war in Yemen began. She gave a rare glimpse inside the Shiite community and showed the fears that they were being treated as the enemy within. She reported a story of two young Tunisian women manipulated into joining the extremist group ISIS to help shed light on why thousands of young Tunisians join the group. She also covered the Yazidi victims of rape and kidnappings at the hands of ISIS in Iraq. Her coverage of the 2013 coup in Egypt and its aftermath for NPR earned her the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club. Before joining NPR, she covered the Middle East for The Washington Post. In her role as Cairo Bureau Chief she reported on a wave of revolts and their aftermaths in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. Prior to her position as Cairo Bureau Chief for the Post, she covered the Iraq war for nearly five years with Knight Ridder, McClatchy Newspapers and later the Washington Post. Her foreign coverage of the devastating human toll of the Iraq war earned her the George. R. Polk award in 2007.