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

Hamza Ahmed
Awaiting trial on charges of trying to join ISIS, young Twin Cities men seek permission to reenter the community. (06/26/2015)
Munira Khalif
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)
Transplanting cannabis plants
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)
Authorities say the ring distributed drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone and others in and around the Red Lake and White Earth Indian reservations starting in April 2014. (05/28/2015)
Three cities say the Met Council has intentionally concentrated low-income rental housing in impoverished areas. The Met Council contends it cannot withhold money from cities that don't meet housing goals. (05/27/2015)
Larry Dwayne Davis died about a mile from where he gunned down another man in 2001. Davis was on supervised release after serving time for that murder. (05/27/2015)
Abdirahman Daud is accused of trying to fight for ISIS in Syria. His lawyer talked in court about the long history of Americans going overseas to fight for causes. (05/22/2015)
Now that she's finished college, the Eagan woman feels a need to pursue a different subject: deepening her Muslim faith. (05/22/2015)
Federal prosecutors say the men, all 19 and 20 years old, were conspiring to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS. (05/20/2015)
The grand jury indictments were unsealed Tuesday, revealing new charges of college financial aid fraud against two of the men. (05/19/2015)