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 Andrew Luger
Two of Minnesota's leading forces join us to discuss current challenges for the state. (The Daily Circuit, 10/14/2014)
Police and emergency vehicles
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)
Metro Transit is trying to determine where to add shelters or enhance existing shelters with lighting, heating and other improvements. (09/25/2014)
Harun Maruf, senior editor with Voice of America's Somali service, on young Somali-Americans whose families believe they have left Minneapolis to join radical groups in Syria. (The Daily Circuit, 09/18/2014)
Federal officials plan to run a pilot program in the Twin Cities that aims to deter young Somalis from succumbing to violent ideology. It will help local organizations within the Somali community offer young people positive alternatives to extremism. (09/16/2014)
A 19-year-old Muslim woman who disappeared from the Twin Cities unexpectedly surfaces in Syria. Her family believes she is in a dangerous place, one that continues to lure Minnesotans for jihad. (09/11/2014)
In this land of 10,000 lakes, jumping in is more risky for some kids than for others. (09/08/2014)
St. Louis Park school leaders say they're suspending swimming lessons this year as they reassess swimming programs and safety after a middle school boy drowned earlier this year. (09/05/2014)
In photographs just a handful of years old, Douglas McAuthur McCain and Troy Castigar bear the confident yet goofy smiles of teenagers. But today, both are gone, claimed by a holy war that Castigar's mother insists wasn't theirs to fight. (08/29/2014)
More Minnesotans are on the way to Syria, the FBI says. Two are now feared to have died fighting with militants. (08/29/2014)
Administrative law Judge Timothy O'Malley will serve in the newly created position. (08/25/2014)
The new development, called Hamline Station, is a block long and will be built with a mix of private and public money. (08/25/2014)