Leila Fadel to co-host NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘Up First’

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Leila Fadel will be a co-host of Morning Edition and the podcast Up First for NPR.

Fadel starts the job in February and will be based in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from Sarah Gilbert, VP of news programming.

“This work is about telling stories that reflect our nation and the world as it is, to have conversations that illuminate and that hold our public officials to account,” Fadel said in the release. “No place does this work better than NPR. I’m excited to take my years of field reporting, at home and abroad, to the host chair and work with a team I’ve long admired.”

Fadel joined NPR in 2012 as an international correspondent based in Cairo after working as Middle East correspondent for The Washington Post and a bureau chief in Baghdad for McClatchy.

Fadel is currently a national correspondent based in Los Angeles. Since returning to the U.S., she has won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting and for the 2018 Southern California fires. Her “Muslims in America: A New Generation” series in collaboration with National Geographic won the Goldziher Prize in 2019.

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