Leila Fadel

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Leila Fadel
Born1981 (age 37–38)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materNortheastern University
Years active2004-Present
EmployerNational Public Radio
AwardsGeorge Polk Award

Leila Fadel (born 1981) is a Lebanese American journalist who was the Cairo bureau chief for National Public Radio.[1][2]


Fadel (who pronounces her last name "falden")[citation needed] grew up in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.[1] She was a Jack Shaheen Mass Communications scholar and graduated from Northeastern University in 2004.[3]


In 2004, Fadel began her career in journalism at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a crime and higher education reporter.[1] She began covering the Iraq War in 2005 for Knight Ridder. By early 2006, she had completed two postings in Baghdad, Iraq. Then, she returned to Baghdad for McClatchy. She also covered the 2006 Lebanon War. She continued in Baghad for McClatchy through 2009, where she contributed to McClatchy's Baghdad Observer.[3][4][5]

In 2010, she joined the Washington Post's Middle East team.[1][2] On February 2, 2011, Fadel and photographer Linda Davidson were among some two dozen journalists arrested by the Egyptian Interior Ministry.[6][7][8] The next day, Fadel and Davidson were released, but placed under house arrest at a hotel. Two local Post employees remained in custody, interpreter Sufian Taha and driver Mansour el-Sayed Mohammed Abo Gouda; according to Fadel, Abo Gouda was beaten.[9]

She covered the Arab Spring and its aftermaths in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria for the Washington Post.[1] In July 2012, Fadel was hired by NPR as Cairo bureau chief and covered the aftermath of the Arab Spring.[1]


Fadel speaks conversational Arabic.[1]

In 2006, she stated:

My goal is to find the missing voices, the ones I heard on the streets of Beirut and Saudi Arabia but which were often missing in American media... Great journalism is the ability to capture moments in time, weave them together, and tell the story of all people without condescension, without judgment and without an agenda.[3]



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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Leila Fadel". National Public Radio. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Leila Fadel". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Chambers, David (February–March 2006). "Calling Helen Thomas". Saudi Aramco World. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Baghdad Observer". McClatchy. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  5. ^ Altadonna, Nathan (5 October 2007). "The Iraq Story: 'Why am I here?'". Society of Professional Journalists. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Egypt news day 10: Army steps in; journalists arrested and more live updates". Washington Post. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  7. ^ Stanglin, Douglas (3 February 2011). "Post's Cairo bureau chief among two dozen journalists arrested". USA Today. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Egypt crisis: At least two humanitarian workers detained, Amnesty reports". CNN. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Englund, Will (3 February 2011). "During 2nd day of bloody clashes in Egypt, foreign journalists arrested". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  10. ^ "George Polk Awards - Previous Award Winners". Long Island University. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  11. ^ "McClatchy Baghdad chief wins Polk award for Iraq reporting". McClatchy. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Leila Fadel: News From Sadr City". PBS - Bill Moyers' Journal. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Update on Egypt with Leila Fadhel and Anthony Shadid". The Charlie Rose Show. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2012.

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