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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National Security
2:46 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

American Al-Qaida Member Killed In Strike Was Star Of Propaganda Videos

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:03 pm

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National Security
11:03 am
Thu April 23, 2015

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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National Security
4:12 am
Tue April 21, 2015

ISIS' Peer-To-Peer Recruiting Style Concerns U.S. Authorities

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National Security
2:46 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Somali-Americans Arrested In Islamic State Recruiting Plot

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National Security
4:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 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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National Security
4:09 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

National Guardsman, Cousin Arrested For Trying To Join Islamic State

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:01 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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Middle East
4:02 am
Mon March 23, 2015

ISIS Posts 'Wanted' List Of 100 U.S. Military Personnel

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Europe
3:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

French Interior Ministry Blocks Websites Promoting Terrorism

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

In the first use of government powers enacted after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the French Interior Ministry on Monday ordered five websites blocked on the grounds that they promote or advocate terrorism. The action raises questions about how governments might counter groups such as the self-declared Islamic State on digital platforms.

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The Two-Way
4:45 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

CIA Chief Says Governing Is Too Big A Job For ISIS

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

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 1:38 pm

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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National Security
4:20 am
Fri February 27, 2015

ISIS Extremist Who Beheaded Prisoners Is Identified

A playground is seen in London, outside an address where Kuwaiti-born London computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi is believed to have lived. Emwazi has been identified as masked ISIS militant "Jihadi John."
Niklas Halle'n AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:20 am

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National Security
3:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Why A Young Minneapolis Man Wanted To Join ISIS

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:42 pm

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National Security
2:27 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

FBI Charges Three Men With Conspiring To Support ISIS

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National Security
2:16 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

A Model For De-Radicalization In Minneapolis

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 6:13 pm

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National Security
2:56 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

For Somalis In Minneapolis, Jihadi Recruiting Is A Recurring Nightmare

Somali-American youths play basketball before the start of a September 2013 solidarity rally by the Minneapolis Somali community to denounce al-Shabab's attack of a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Less than a decade after groups of teens from Minneapolis emigrated to Somalia to join the terrorist group, more have been recruited to join the self-declared Islamic State in Syria.
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Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 4:26 pm

This week officials are gathering in Washington to discuss how to counter extremist messages, particularly those from the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

ISIS has been luring thousands of Westerners to the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. The number of Americans who have traveled to Syria is still relatively small — in the neighborhood of 150 people — and a thin slice of that group, perhaps as many as two dozen Americans, are thought to have joined ISIS.

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Middle East
3:20 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Woman Held By Jordan Has Close Ties To Islamic State

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 8:07 am

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Europe
3:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 4:38 pm

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Parallels
4:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

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

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:57 pm

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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Europe
2:59 am
Thu January 22, 2015

'Charlie Hebdo' Gunmen Are Textbook Case Of Radicalization

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:57 pm

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Europe
2:16 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Every Day Brings New Twists In Paris Attack Investigation

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 4:45 pm

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National Security
2:59 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Investigators Focus On 4 Suspects In Paris Terrorist Attacks

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:59 am

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The Two-Way
6:26 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

French Woman Believed To Be Gunmen's Associate Is Still At Large

Police officers look for an escaped suspect Jan. 9 in Porte de Vincennes in Paris, France. Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, escaped and is wanted in connection with the murder of a policewoman.
Aurelien Meunier Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 9:32 am

A manhunt continues in France for a woman officials believe was part of the attacks that rocked Paris this week.

French officials released a photo of Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, who they say was involved in the killing of a policewoman in Paris on Thursday, and who possibly was involved in the hostage standoff in a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris earlier today. That siege resulted in the killing of four hostages and the death of Amedy Coulibaly, 32, who is thought to be Boumeddiene's husband or boyfriend.

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News
9:18 am
Fri January 9, 2015

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

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 9:28 am

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Europe
4:11 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Authorities Search For 2 Suspects In Paris Attack

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:44 am

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Technology
2:58 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

FBI Offers New Evidence Connecting North Korea To Sony Hack

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 4:17 pm

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National Security
1:49 am
Fri December 12, 2014

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

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

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:34 pm

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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National Security
2:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Denver Emerges As Model For Countering ISIS Recruiting Tactics

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 4:39 pm

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National Security
2:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

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

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 2:25 pm

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National Security
2:54 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Report Reveals Deeply Misguided Interrogation Tactics, Feinstein Says

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 12:16 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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The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

U.K. Security Experts Worried About Terrorist Attack Around Christmas

The Express newspaper reported that U.K. officials have intelligence suggesting al-Qaida has been planning a high-profile attack on five commercial flights sometime before Christmas.
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Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:59 pm

Counterterrorism officials in the U.S. and the United Kingdom have been quietly discussing an outright ban on hand-carried luggage aboard airplanes for weeks now in the wake of intelligence reports that suggest al-Qaida may be planning to target planes around Europe before the Christmas holidays.

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Middle East
2:28 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Have ISIS And Al-Qaida Stopped Fighting, Started Cooperating?

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 4:34 pm

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