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

Amin Aaser, left, and his brother, Mohammed Aaser
Amin and Mohammed Aaser would like their "Noor Kids" books to save youngsters from what they went through in post-9/11 Minnesota. (07/28/2015)
City Council Member Barb Johnson said the over-saturation is compounding problems for areas of the city that are already struggling with poverty and other challenges. (07/18/2015)
The death of a Ramsey County man has led the Minnesota Department of Health to urge all men who have sex with men to be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis. (07/17/2015)
So far this year, 37 people have been killed while riding their motorcycles, more than double the number by this time last year. (07/16/2015)
Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern's work on "Wilson" in Minnesota could help boost efforts to ensure the state provides incentives to the film industry — and lure other films and TV shows. (07/14/2015)
The Minneapolis NAACP is asking for an independent investigation into a Metro Transit Police officer's handling of an African-American man who rode a light rail train without paying. (07/13/2015)
St. Paul leaders want the nation's top pro soccer league to look at an empty parcel on the northeast corner of Snelling Avenue and Interstate 94 as a possible stadium site. (07/09/2015)
Awaiting trial on charges of trying to join ISIS, young Twin Cities men seek permission to reenter the community. (06/26/2015)
Harvard-bound Munira Khalif, who graduated this spring from Mounds Park Academy, and St. Paul police officer Kadra Mohamed were invited to sit at the president's table. (06/23/2015)
Officials with LeafLine Labs are confident that outreach and education will help them erase the stigma of marijuana among nearby residents and the medical community. (06/17/2015)
Minneapolis and Duluth have approved Sunday sales. (06/12/2015)
For the first time, a man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS is beginning to tell prosecutors who helped facilitate his attempted travel to Syria. (06/11/2015)
Attorney Erick Kaardal represents a group of Mdewakanton Sioux whose ancestors sat out of the Dakota War in 1862, and Congress set aside land rewarding them for their loyalty. But that land was later turned over to tribal property. (06/10/2015)
A judge's decision to release Mohamed Ali Omar as he awaits sentencing was a partial victory for a family with two other sons accused of trying to join terrorist groups overseas. (06/09/2015)
Adolfo Saldana-Lara, a Mexican immigrant, made it past tough odds and missteps to graduate from high school. His commencement address to his peers celebrated their hard-earned success. (06/04/2015)