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

Chief Thomas Smith
Guns on the street and encounters with violent, mentally ill and drug addicted people explain the uptick in St. Paul's officer-involved fatal shootings, Police Chief Thomas Smith says. (01/30/2015)
A little boy looks around
U.S. Attorney Andy Luger plans to create a program to prevent young people from becoming radicalized. But some Muslims worry that the effort by law enforcement aims to gather intelligence. (01/30/2015)
Screenshot of council meeting video
Raymond Kmetz, 68, the man killed after opening fire at New Hope City Hall Monday night and wounding two officers, had a long history of confronting government and the law. (01/27/2015)
U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said Abdullahi Yusuf may also participate in a civics program aimed at re-integrating him into U.S culture. (01/27/2015)
Lamar Allen Sullivan-Armstrong was shot by police in Blaine Thursday after he allegedly ran at officers with a knife. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating. (01/23/2015)
More than 1,000 anti-abortion demonstrators gathered at the Capitol Thursday to demand an end to government-funded abortions. (01/22/2015)
Quincy Reed Reindl, 24, died of multiple gunshot wounds last week. Police responded on a report of a suicidal male. (01/21/2015)
The nonprofit Ka Joog, which has won honors from the White House and the FBI for its work, will detail its two-year plan for expanding educational, employment and arts programs across the state Tuesday. (01/19/2015)
In the past six years, St. Paul officers have fatally shot more suspects than any other department across the state, an MPR News analysis of state law enforcement data shows. (01/15/2015)
Prosecutors say Papa Faal and about a dozen co-conspirators entered their tiny West African homeland in late December, planning to seize the president's home and overthrow the government. (01/05/2015)
One year after a fire killed three, injured 14, and displaced a mosque, a community is still recovering. (01/01/2015)
Travelers on New Year's Eve have options for getting around safely and responsibly. (12/31/2014)
Experts say the experiences described by Twin Cities women are common, especially among the poor. (12/22/2014)
Mall officials want to stop a protest against police brutality planned at the mall on Saturday. Organizers say they expect 2,000 people. (12/17/2014)
A settlement in a federal lawsuit allows a mosque to worship in part of the former Medtronic headquarters. Mayor Jerry Faust said the worshipers "will be accepted by this community." (12/16/2014)