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

His tweets allegedly threatened that if his "brothers" weren't released, "a massacre is going to happen." (04/24/2015)
Halima Ahmed, grandmother of two men charged
The FBI spelled out the details of its deal with a confidential source who helped make its case against six young men allegedly planning to join ISIS in Syria. (04/23/2015)
Ayan Farah
The mothers of three men charged with trying to join ISIS depended on their first-born sons to be the bedrock of their families. Instead, the men face years in prison. (04/23/2015)
As four of the six men made their first court appearances, supporters said it was wrong of the government to use a friend against them. (04/20/2015)
The complaint alleges some of the men were in touch with Abdi Nur, a Twin Cities man who left the country last year and has been presumed fighting with ISIS. (04/20/2015)
Two Somali women say their sons were arrested at home Sunday in Minneapolis. (04/19/2015)
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 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)