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

Tania Harris
The family of a woman shot and wounded Thursday night by Robbinsdale police acknowledged she had a knife but said she wasn't threatening officers. (04/17/2015)
Jim Nobles will review allegations the Minneapolis Urban League may have inappropriately spent state and school district money on projects to help struggling high school students. (04/16/2015)
Pierre Collins
Pierre Collins is charged with killing his 10-year-old son, Barway Collins. His next court appearance is May 14. Bail has been set at $2 million. (04/15/2015)
Minneapolis police took up the pursuit after Hopkins police broke it off. (04/14/2015)
Three young men are among those from Minnesota who apparently tried to join the fight in Syria. Two were stopped; one made it, and lost his life. (03/25/2015)
Roughly 15 young people have left Minnesota to join the militant group ISIS in Syria. Their stories follow similar patterns: The suburban drifter or unassuming student becomes rapidly (and often quietly) radicalized and leaves Minnesota to join the ISIS extremists. (03/25/2015)
Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, faces up to 15 years in prison but is hoping for a reduced sentenced. Officials see him as a test case in rehabilitating radicalized youth. (02/26/2015)
After a purported al-Shabab video encouraged attacks against the Mall of America, Somali-Americans wondered how to respond. Some went to the mall. Others fear a backlash against their community. (02/23/2015)
Hamza Naj Ahmed, 19, is charged with trying to aid a foreign terrorist organization and conspiring to provide that support. (02/19/2015)
A pilot program to support Muslim communities is facing a backlash from some Muslim leaders. Some say U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger should leave the social work and fundraising to others. (02/18/2015)
Community leaders from the Twin Cities, Boston and Los Angeles will meet at a White House conference to discuss new ideas to prevent Americans from enlisting with ISIS and other organizations. (02/15/2015)
A Twin Cities judge has sent a terror suspect to a halfway house and counseling, not jail, pending trial. Counterterrorism experts are watching the experiment closely. (02/12/2015)
At a detention hearing Monday, prosecutors argued that Hamza Ahmed's tweets suggested he was willing to be a martyr and was therefore a danger to the community. (02/09/2015)
Federal authorities have charged a Minneapolis man with lying to federal agents during a terrorism investigation. They suspected he was headed to Syria. (02/05/2015)
A former Twin Cities man who joined a terror group in Somalia and later became a star federal witness will be released from prison Thursday. But he isn't a free man yet. (02/05/2015)