NPR’s investigative unit reports on Christmas Day bomb suspect

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“Going Radical,” an NPR investigative series that begins airing tomorrow, is the first to be produced by the new reporting unit headed by Suzanne Reber. The three-part series examines the radicalization of the Christmas Day bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Three reporters–Peter Kenyon, Dina Temple-Raston and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton–collaborated on the investigation, according to Poynter Online. Within NPR headquarters, the investigative team working under Reber includes correspondents Daniel Zwerdling and Joseph Shapiro, librarian Barbara Van Woerkom and computer-assisted reporter Robert Benincasa. NPR plans to hire a producer/off-air reporter to complete the team, but journalists will “cycle through” the unit on assignments, NPR News chief Ellen Weiss says.

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