Dina Temple-Raston

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Dina Temple-Raston
Born25 August 1965
OccupationAuthor; Journalist, Podcaster

Dina Temple-Raston is a Belgian-born American journalist and award-winning author. She is the creator, host, and correspondent of the podcast "What Were You Thinking," which Entertainment Weekly named as one of the best new podcasts of 2018 Feb 23 issue, calling it "a provocative series which tells the stories of teenagers who've made the worst kinds of choices -- joining ISIS, planning a school shooting -- before analyzing the impulses behind them." In a review, the Washington Post wrote that it was "the podcast every parent needs to hear."

Temple-Raston has been NPR's counter-terrorism correspondent since 2007 and is the author of four award-winning books of narrative non-fiction including A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption, about the James Byrd murder in Jasper, Texas; and "The Jihad Next Door: Rough Justice in the Age of Terror," which looks at being Muslim in America post 9-11.

Early life and education[edit]

Temple-Raston was born in Brussels, Belgium, on 25 August 1965 or 1964.[1] Her first language was French. She graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, in 1982. She received her Bachelor of Arts with honours from Northwestern University in 1986. She went on to study at Liaoning University, Shenyang, China, graduating with a degree in Chinese Language in 1989. In 2006, she earned a master's degree in journalism from New York's Columbia University.

Journalistic career[edit]

In March 2007, she joined the staff of NPR as Counter-terrorism correspondent and traveled all over the world covering terrorism attacks and trends for more than a decade. She took a book leave in 2017 to create the "What Were You Thinking" podcast, the first season of which was released in 2018. She was chosen for a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard in 2013.[2] These fellowships are given to mid-career journalists. She previously worked as City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Sun, as a producer for CNNfn and as a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. One of the news services earliest employees, Temple-Raston was recruited while living in Asia and opened Bloomberg's Shanghai and Hong Kong offices and covered financial markets and economics for both USA Today and CNNfn.[3][4] She began her professional career as special foreign assistant for the Liaoning Provincial Government, Shenyang, China, followed by a stint with AsiaWeek in Hong Kong.[1]


Her first book, A Death in Texas, about the aftermath of a white supremacist murder in a small town, won the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program Award and was chosen as one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2002.[1][2] Her second work, Justice on the Grass, on the role the radio station Radio Mille Collines played in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, was a Foreign Affairs magazine bestseller. She has written extensively on civil liberties and national security, including In Defense of Our America (co-written with Anthony D. Romero) on civil liberties in post-9/11 America. The Jihad Next Door is her fourth work of non-fiction was published in 2007 and is about the Lackawanna Six, America's first sleeper cell.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Temple-Raston, Dina 1964-". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Class of 2014 - Nieman Foundation". Harvard University. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  3. ^ Barnes & Noble.com - Meet the Writers
  4. ^ Simon & Schuster: Dina Temple-Raston - Biography
  5. ^ Dina Temple-Raston : NPR
  6. ^ Dina Temple-Raston (2007). The jihad next door: the Lackawanna six and rough justice in an age of terror. Perseus Books Group. ISBN 978-1-58648-403-3. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30.