Laura Yuen

Laura Yuen

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
lyuen@mpr.org


Laura Yuen is a general assignment reporter covering the Twin Cities as part of MPR News' metro unit. Her radio series on young Somali-Americans, "Civil War Kids," won the national Society of Professional Journalists New America Award, which honors work that explores issues of importance to immigrant communities living in the U.S. Laura's stories have also earned national recognition from the Asian American Journalists Association and regional honors from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Laura joined MPR News in January 2008 after eight years of writing for daily newspapers, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. She graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Laura has lived in Taiwan, backpacked through Asia, and reported on chicken farms in Arkansas. She's always up for a good story.

Laura Yuen Feature Archive

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said the 18-year-old and another man conspired to join the Islamic State "to engage in a campaign of terror in support of a violent ideology." (11/26/2014)
Two young Minnesotans face federal conspiracy charges tied to their alleged efforts to provide "material support" to the radical group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. (11/25/2014)
Students held a protest at the U of M.
Students and activists across the state Tuesday protested the Missouri grand jury's decision. Rallies were peaceful, although a woman was hit by a car during a late afternoon rally in Minneapolis. (11/25/2014)
U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andy Luger told about 50 community leaders Monday he wants to bolster youth and job-training programs and reduce extra security hassles many Muslims face while traveling through the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. (11/24/2014)
Mayor Chris Coleman invites civil rights leaders to discuss concerns about a civilian review board after it exonerated officers who arrested Christopher Lollie. (11/23/2014)
Family members of Abdullahi Anshoor say Mogadishu police told them a group of gunmen killed the father of three and took his car. (11/18/2014)
Christopher Lollie, who St. Paul police officers detained in a public area of the St. Paul skyway last winter, alleges that officers used excessive force. (11/14/2014)
Concerns about terrorist recruitment within the United States can test a community's values, experts say. That's playing out now in the Twin Cities. (11/13/2014)
Martine Tchitchihe, "Cameroon's Malala," has been teaching school in Fergus Falls. She hopes to return to her home country to inspire other women. But right now, it's not safe. (11/05/2014)
African-Americans in Minneapolis were more than 11 times likelier than whites to be arrested for possessing marijuana, even though studies show similar usage rates, according to a new report. (10/28/2014)
Two of Minnesota's leading forces join us to discuss current challenges for the state. (The Daily Circuit, 10/14/2014)
Officials pledge to investigate claims of racial and ethnic harassment alleged in a federal complaint that followed a fight between African-American and Somali-American students. (10/10/2014)
The Minnesota Supreme Court justices said the Legislature still needs to fix a law that required automatic life-without-parole for juveniles who commit some first-degree murders (10/08/2014)
Mahdi Hussein Furreh had denied any contact with a fugitive tied to recruitment for the terror group. (10/03/2014)
Experts increasingly worry expelling radicals from mosques may plant the seeds for even more radicalism. (09/30/2014)