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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1:03pm

Thu April 23, 2015
National Security

U.S. Counterterrorism Operations Kill 2 Hostages Of Al-Qaida

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And al-Qaida is at the center of a pretty stunning announcement from the White House this morning. President Obama said two hostages of al-Qaida, including an American, were killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.

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4:26pm

Mon April 20, 2015
National Security

Somali-Americans Arrested In Islamic State Recruiting Plot

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:48 am

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6:32pm

Thu April 2, 2015
National Security

Two Women Arrested In Bomb Plot, American Al-Qaeda Member To Face Charges

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

Two women who were roommates in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been arrested in a homegrown terrorism plot. Separately, a man thought to be one of the highest-ranking Americans in al-Qaeda will face charges in the U.S.

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6:43pm

Thu March 26, 2015
National Security

National Guardsman, Cousin Arrested For Trying To Join Islamic State

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

An Illinois National Guardsman and his cousin were arrested for allegedly conspiring to provide support to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. One of the men wanted to go to Syria to martyr himself, and the other planned to carry out an attack on a nearby military base in northern Illinois.

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6:28pm

Fri March 13, 2015
The Two-Way

CIA Chief Says Governing Is Too Big A Job For ISIS

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 3:38 pm

CIA Director John Brennan told an audience in New York on Friday that ISIS is facing internal divisions.
Richard Drew AP

CIA Director John Brennan told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York today that the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, is facing dissension in its ranks and is finding it hard to govern the territory it controls. These are the same problems terrorist groups that try to govern have faced in the past.

The director was cautiously optimistic that the group, which stormed across Syria and Iraq last summer and has held much of the territory it captured since then, is stumbling.

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4:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Europe

Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:38 pm

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6:11pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Parallels

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:57 pm

Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks, spent 20 months in Fleury-Merogis prison just outside Paris, where he crossed paths with a radical imam with ties to Osama bin Laden.This photo shows the men's building in May 2014.
Charles Platiau Reuters/Landov

Among the sweeping changes France is proposing in the aftermath of this month's terrorist attacks in Paris are new measures to fight Islamic radicalization in its prisons. It is an enormous problem brought into starker relief because two of the suspects in the attacks earlier this month were products of the French penal system.

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4:59am

Thu January 22, 2015
Europe

'Charlie Hebdo' Gunmen Are Textbook Case Of Radicalization

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:57 pm

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11:28am

Fri January 9, 2015
News

What U.S. Officials Know Now About The Standoffs In France

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4:24pm

Wed January 7, 2015
Technology

FBI Offers New Evidence Connecting North Korea To Sony Hack

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 6:17 pm

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3:49am

Fri December 12, 2014
National Security

When Americans Head To Syria, How Much Of A Threat Do They Pose?

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 6:34 pm

Ana and John Conley, parents of defendant Shannon Conley, exit the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Denver following their daughter's plea hearing on Sept. 10. Shannon Conley, 19, pleaded guilty on a charge that she intended to wage jihad.
Brennan Linsley AP

Shannon Maureen Conley was just 19, barely out of high school and a convert to Islam, when she fell in love with a Tunisian man who said he was an Islamic State fighter in Syria. And, according to a criminal complaint, she wanted to leave her Denver suburb and join him.

Over the course of five months, the FBI talked to Conley nine times, trying to persuade her not to go to Syria.

But it didn't work. According to a local news report, her father tipped off the FBI after he found her one-way ticket from Denver to Turkey.

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5:15am

Thu December 11, 2014
National Security

ISIS Used Predatory Tools And Tactics To Convince U.S. Teens To Join

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 4:25 pm

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
National Security

Report Reveals Deeply Misguided Interrogation Tactics, Feinstein Says

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 2:16 pm

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What has come to be known as the "Torture Report" by Senate investigators broke more new ground than expected. Lawmakers examined interrogations of terror suspects after 9/11.

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12:39pm

Fri October 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Al-Qaida Reasserts Itself With Khorasan Group

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 6:17 pm

Supporters of the al-Nusra Front protest in Aleppo, Syria, on Sept. 26, days after airstrikes there targeted the al-Qaida unit called Khorasan. U.S. officials say some top Khorasan leaders were embedded with the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's arm in Syria.
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One of the first targets of U.S. airstrikes in Syria was an al-Qaida unit that American officials call the Khorasan Group. Because few outside the intelligence community had ever heard of it, some critics have said Khorasan was created out of whole cloth to give the U.S. an excuse to bomb Syria.

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5:18am

Thu September 25, 2014
Middle East

Prominent Muslim Sheik Issues Fatwa Against ISIS Violence

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:55 am

Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah is interviewed about his fatwa explaining why ISIS is wrong to claim that Islam supports violence and the establishment of a caliphate by force.
Dina Temple-Raston NPR

In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly laying out a blueprint for the global battle against the group that calls itself the Islamic State, President Obama called on the world to take a stand against religious extremism. "The ideology of ISIL or al-Qaida or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day," Obama said.

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