Dina Temple-Raston

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Dina Temple-Raston
Born 25 August 1965
Occupation Author; Journalist

Dina Temple-Raston is a Belgian-born American journalist and award-winning author. She is known for her 2001 book, A Death in Texas, and for her work as a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News during Bill Clinton's two terms. She is now a correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR).

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, winning the prize for top essay. She wrote about Henry James and travel, focusing on the fact that he had never written about her birthplace, Belgium. 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 News as National Security correspondent and covers the FBI both at home and abroad. She is now Counterterrorism Correspondent. She was chosen for a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.[2] These fellowships are given to mid-career journalists. She pursued the fellowship during the 2013-2014 academic year. She previously worked as City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Sun and as foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia. While in Asia, Temple-Raston 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 and latest non-fiction work, about the Lackawanna Six, America's first sleeper cell.[5][6]