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
6:28 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

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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The Two-Way
6:45 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 3:38 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
4:36 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Why A Young Minneapolis Man Wanted To Join ISIS

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:42 pm

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Europe
5:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

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

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Parallels
6:03 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 7:57 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
4:59 am
Thu January 22, 2015

'Charlie Hebdo' Gunmen Are Textbook Case Of Radicalization

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

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News
11:28 am
Fri January 9, 2015

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

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Technology
5:11 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

FBI Offers New Evidence Connecting North Korea To Sony Hack

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

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National Security
3:49 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 6:34 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
5:15 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 4:25 pm

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National Security
4:54 am
Wed December 10, 2014

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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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Al-Qaida Reasserts Itself With Khorasan Group

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.
Fadi al-Halabi AFP/Getty Images

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

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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Middle East
5:24 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Prominent Muslim Sheik Issues Fatwa Against ISIS Violence

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

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

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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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Al-Qaida's Khorasan Group Led By Hard-Core Fighters

Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., Joint Staff Director of Operations, speaks about airstrikes in Syria during a briefing at the Pentagon yesterday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 7:28 am

While the al-Qaida offshoot known as the Khorasan Group only burst into the public consciousness in the past week, the group has been on the radar of counterterrorism officials for a while, and intelligence officials say they have tracked the individual members of the group for years.

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Parallels
3:29 am
Fri August 29, 2014

For Islamic State, Hitting The U.S. May Not Be A Top Priority

This image, posted on a militant website, shows an Islamic State fighter waving a flag from a captured government fighter jet in Raqqa, Syria. The group is well-funded and has gained territory over the past few months; that's raised some concerns in America, although experts say the organization is largely focused on regional goals.
AP

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 12:04 pm

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently talked about the militants associated with the Islamic State, the group also known as ISIL or ISIS. He made them sound 10 feet tall.

"ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen," he said. "They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology [and] a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess; they are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."

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Parallels
3:42 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria. Is He A Threat To The U.S.?

This image obtained by NPR shows Ahmed al-Moflihi, a Yemeni-American who is believed to have fought in the Syrian civil war.
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Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:59 am

Mocha Hookah is a little Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn where you can pick up a shawarma gyro sandwich and a falafel platter and still get change back from your $20 bill. Walk inside and there's Arabic music, soccer games on flat screen televisions, and a hookah, or water pipe, set up at every table.

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Parallels
3:39 am
Wed August 27, 2014

U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria

American Eric Harroun threatened Bashar Assad on Facebook and YouTube. He spent six weeks fighting with a rebel army, a journey that did not end well for him.
ABC News YouTube

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 1:38 pm

The heyday of "war tourism" was probably the 1930s, when a host of intellectuals and artists left the U.S. to bear witness to the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway wrote about it. George Orwell, just to name another, actually fought in it.

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National Security
4:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:24 pm

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Middle East
4:13 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Militants Behead American Journalist, Leveling New Threats At U.S.

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 8:30 pm

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Today, American foreign policy intersected with personal tragedy. The parents of James Foley spoke about their son. He's the American journalist killed by the extremist group known as the Islamic State.

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior

This photo provided by The Guardian in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong last year.
AP

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 5:28 am

Editor's note on Aug. 17 at 11:25 a.m. ET: A clarification and links to the ombudsman's critique of this post have been added.

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