Rabia Chaudry

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Rabia Chaudry
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EducationUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County (BA)
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School (JD)
OccupationLawyer and author
Known for

Rabia Chaudry (Urdu: رابعہ چودھری) is a Pakistani-American attorney, author and podcast host. A childhood friend of Adnan Syed, subject of the podcast Serial (2014), Chaudry subsequently wrote a book about his case called Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial (2016), which became a New York Times best seller. Chaudry co-hosts Undisclosed, a podcast on Syed's case and others.

Early life[edit]

Chaudry was born in Pakistan.[1] She attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the George Mason University School of Law.[2]


Chaudry, a childhood friend of Adnan Syed, was the first person to take his case to radio producer and host Sarah Koenig; on the 2014 podcast Serial, Koenig documented her investigation into Chaudry’s contention that Syed had been wrongly convicted of killing Hae Min Lee.[3] Chaudry subsequently wrote a book about the case called Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial (St. Martin Press, September 2016).[4] Molly Fitzgerald writes in Bustle that the book "picks up where ‘Serial’ left off,"[5] describing evidence not included in the Serial podcast including letters he wrote to his family early in his imprisonment.[6] Reviewing the book for the Los Angeles Times, Jessica Roy wrote, “It was easy to forget, listening to ‘Serial,’ that it was a true story about real people. ‘Adnan’s Story’ adds context and humanizes it in a way that could change how you think about the case, and about ‘Serial’ itself.”[7] Adnan's Story became a New York Times best-seller[8][9] and one of Audible's 10 most popular audio books of 2016.[10]

Chaudry also has a podcast, Undisclosed with Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, that looks at evidence in Syed's case, the case of Joey Watkins, and others.[11][12][13]

Chaudry has been a fellow at the US Institute of Peace and at the New America Foundation.[14] She is founder and president of the Safe Nation Collaborative, a project that offers education on Islamic faith, dialogue between law enforcement and Muslim communities, and countering violent extremism.[2]


  1. ^ "Twitter". Rabia Chaudry. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Scharper, Julie (December 18, 2014). "Rabia Chaudry fights for Muslims — and Adnan". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  3. ^ Mirchandani, Raakhee (4 August 2016). "Adnan Syed: "I Thought People Would See I Had No Reason to Kill Hae"". ELLE. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  4. ^ Zurawik, David (November 24, 2015). "Rabia Chaudry writing book on 'Serial's' Adnan Syed". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Molly (August 12, 2016). "Rabia Chaudry's new book 'Adnan's Story' picks up where 'Serial' left off". Fusion. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Rabia Chaudry, author of "Adnan's Story," sheds light on case via undisclosed letters from Adnan". Fox5 (DC). August 9, 2016. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  7. ^ Jessica, Roy (2016-08-04). "The book 'Adnan's Story' and what it tells us about 'Serial'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-11-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - August 28, 2016 - The New York Times". The New York Times. August 28, 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Books | Best Sellers | Crime and Punishment". The New York Times. January 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Wilson, Kristian (January 3, 2017). "The 10 Most Popular Audiobooks In 2016 Show Just How Varied Readers' Tastes Are". Bustle. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  11. ^ Alawa, Laila (2016-05-10). "The powerhouse behind Adnan Syed's retrial and "Serial" speaks out about the case, life, and hard-earned justice". The Tempest. Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  12. ^ Robinson, Will (2 July 2016). "Rabia Chaudry reacts to 'Serial' subject Adnan Syed's new trial". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  13. ^ Amelia McDonell-Parry (June 18, 2016). "'Undisclosed': Inside Gripping Season 2 of Unofficial 'Serial' Spinoff". Rolling Stone.
  14. ^ Gaynor, Michael J. (28 July 2016). "Rabia Chaudry Thinks the Police Should Investigate Don". Washingtonian. Retrieved 6 April 2017.

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