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

Saado Ali Warsame
The Somali terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the Wednesday killing in Mogadishu of a Somali lawmaker with Minneapolis ties. (The Daily Circuit, 07/23/2014)
The police department predicted a 2 percent increase in violent crime along the transit corridor, which includes downtown St. Paul and University Avenue. (07/19/2014)
Archbishop Nienstedt
The call for change among lay Catholics is rising after an MPR News documentary showed how three Twin Cities archbishops kept quiet about priests who sexually abused children. (07/15/2014)
The preliminary findings, announced at a hearing Thursday, come two weeks after the attorney for DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn filed a complaint that asked for an investigation into possible voter fraud. (07/10/2014)
Hennepin County elections officials say a quirk in state law resulted in voters in a Minneapolis neighborhood being improperly registered at a private mailbox center. (07/09/2014)
Met Council Chair Sue Haigh said that while the agreement isn't final, it's a big step toward finally securing Minneapolis' consent. (The Daily Circuit, 07/08/2014)
The federal government has reversed course on plans to move an immigration agency to a Twin Cities location that would pose a hardship for people who depend on public transit. (07/01/2014)
Latinos are more likely than whites to live in poverty and they have a harder time finding their next good meal, Census and other data show. Many, though, are reluctant to take advantage of food stamps. Stigma, language, and complex eligibility rules all play into historically low participation rates among Latinos in the nation's largest nutrition program. (06/30/2014)
The foundation wants to hear from anyone who has an idea for how to make St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line light rail route more vibrant and distinctive. (06/23/2014)
Nine months into the job, the head of the FBI says the trend of young Americans going to Syria to fight with extremist groups keeps him up at night. (06/17/2014)
In the north and southwest, towns are facing floods. (The Daily Circuit, 06/17/2014)
Two traffic signal poles in St. Paul were struck by motor vehicles shortly after 8:30 a.m., causing longer signal cycles that are delaying the trains. (06/16/2014)
The opening-day festivities probably won't carry a trace of the acrimony that long bedeviled plans to send trains between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In the end, opposition from residents, the University of Minnesota, and businesses proved no match for the largest public-works project in state history. (06/11/2014)
The action comes two days after the Voice of America news service broadcasted an interview with a Minneapolis woman who said her 20-year-old brother left for Syria on Thursday. She identified him as Abdi Mahamud Nur and said the family reported him missing to the FBI. (06/03/2014)
There is growing unrest among the people who work for the city's park and recreation board, from the employees who prune the trees to those who run the rec programs. (06/03/2014)