Dina Temple-Raston

As part of NPR's national security team, Dina Temple-Raston reports about counterterrorism at home and abroad for NPR News. Her reporting can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines. She joined NPR in March 2007.

Recently, she was chosen for a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard. These fellowships are given to mid-career journalists. While pursuing the fellowship during the 2013-2014 academic year, Temple-Raston will be temporarily off the air.

Prior to NPR, Temple-Raston was a longtime foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia. She opened Bloomberg's Shanghai and Hong Kong offices and worked for Bloomberg's financial wire and radio operations. She also served as Bloomberg News' White House correspondent during the Clinton administration and covered financial markets and economics for both USA Today and CNNfn.

Temple-Raston is an award-winning author. Her first book concerning race in America, entitled A Death in Texas, won the Barnes' and Noble Discover Award and was chosen as one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2002. Her second book, on the role Radio Mille Collines played in fomenting the Rwandan genocide, was a Foreign Affairs magazine bestseller. Her more recent two books relate to civil liberties and national security. The first, In Defense of Our America (HarperCollins) coauthored with Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, looks at civil liberties in post-9/11 America. The other explores America's first so-called "sleeper cell", the Lackawanna Six, and the issues that face Muslims in America, The Jihad Next Door.

Temple-Raston holds a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a Master's degree from the Columbia University's School of Journalism. She has an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. She was born in Belgium and French was her first language. She also speaks Arabic. She is a U.S. citizen.

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2:48pm

Tue July 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Family Describes Chattanooga Shooter As Being On A Downward Spiral

This booking photo taken in April and released by the Hamilton County, Tenn., sheriff's office shows a man identified as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez after being detained on suspicion of a driving offense.
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The family of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez has been holed up with friends since the 24-year-old went on a shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tenn., that ultimately left four Marines and a sailor dead.

A representative of the family, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, said since Thursday's shooting, Abdulazeez's family has received numerous death threats.

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4:03pm

Fri July 17, 2015
News

Details Emerge On Chattanooga Shooting, But Big Question Persists: Why?

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:39 pm

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6:20am

Fri July 10, 2015
National Security

The Hack Of Federal Employee Data Is Even Worse Than First Thought

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 4:34 pm

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5:50pm

Wed July 8, 2015
Law

FBI Director Brings Silicon Valley Encryption Fight To Capitol Hill

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:34 pm

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6:58pm

Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

ISIS Supporter Moved To Jail After Box Cutter Found In His Halfway House Room

There's been a setback for a Minnesota man who had been a test case for deradicalization in this country.

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5:22pm

Wed June 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Third Man Arrested In New York Pressure Cooker Bomb Plot

U.S. authorities have arrested a third New York man in connection with an alleged plot to detonate pressure cooker bombs in New York City for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.

The latest arrest involved a 21-year-old Staten Island man named Fareed Mumuni who allegedly tried to kill a law enforcement official who came to his house earlier today. The criminal complaint alleged that he repeatedly attempted "to stab an FBI Special Agent with a large kitchen knife."

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4:31pm

Mon June 15, 2015
National Security

U.S. Officials Say Nearly 14 Million Affected In OPM Breach

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 6:22 am

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5:23pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Parallels

Who Are America's Suspected ISIS Followers?

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:27 pm

An Islamic State fighter holds holds a rifle and the group's flag shortly after capturing the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014. Dozens of Americans have been accused of planning or heading off to the Middle East to join the group. Their individual cases are on the chart below.
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More than two years after the self-proclaimed Islamic State burst on the scene, it is still difficult to quantify just how big the threat is in this country. Counterterrorism officials say nearly 200 Americans have traveled to Syria and Iraq, are thinking about doing so or have returned to the U.S. after spending time there.

NPR has learned that number of returnees in this country is nearly three dozen — but their cases remain sealed.

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5:24pm

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:12 pm

A member of Iraq's government forces battling Islamic State fighters in Anbar province earlier this month.
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As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

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5:19pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Parallels

'Haqqathon' Takes Anti-ISIS Fight To Cyberspace

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:19 pm

Haqqathon-ers from the winning team, which developed the social media site Champions of Islam, at the event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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In Arabic, haqq is the word for truth.

Last week in the United Arab Emirates, group of Muslim scholars held what they called a "haqqathon" – a hackathon meant to create new ways for Islamic scholars to connect with young Muslims and, by doing so, defuse violent extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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