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Detroit, Michigan
Religion Reporter — Detroit Free Press
Covers:  religion, immigration, occupy, civil rights, michigan, arab-americans, minority groups, counterterrorism, metro detroit

Reporter for Detroit Free Press @Freep. Writes on religion, immigration. Content of tweets not endorsements. Phone: 313-223-4792. Email: nwarikoo@freepress.com

Niraj Warikoo's Biography

Religion Reporter at the Detroit Free Press since 2007.
B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University
M.S., Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

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Scared for their families and homeland, metro Detroiters aid in Syria's war

Scared for their families and homeland, metro Detroiters aid in Syria's war

Society of Professional Journalists Award

2014 - Best Profile
First Place SPJ-Detroit for a profile of the first American to die in Syria's civil war. Judges’ comments: "What an interesting topic. And such a challenging reporting job, given the circumstances of Mansfield's death. I'm sure many reporters in Detroit wish they'd written this piece. Nice detail throughout. Great sources, some of whom surely weren't eager to talk. Some of the father's quotes stuck with me long after I'd finished reading."

Society of Professional Journalists Award

2011 - Open Government Reporting
First Place SPJ-Detroit award for investigative work on the FBI shooting death of an African-American Muslim leader. Judges said of my work: "The extensive reporting revealed information publicly undisclosed, illuminating a fascinating and complicated case."

What was your first job as a journalist?

A reporter for the daily newspaper at my college, the Columbia Daily Spectator.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes.

What's your favorite social network?

Twitter

Protect traditional marriage, say religious leaders at Dearborn Heights conference

archive.freep.com — A group of religious leaders gathered in a Dearborn Heights mosque today to promote traditional marriage, saying that the growing number of out-of-wedlock births and increasing divorce rate are weakening society. The clergy members, which included Christians, Muslims and at least one Jewish leader, spoke out for marriage at the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, led by spiritual leader Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi.

Muslim women fight for right to wear Islamic headscarf

usatoday.com — INKSTER, Mich. - When Raghdaa Ali attempted to walk into a cash advance store one day last summer to get a money order, an employee pointed to the headscarf that she wore and said, "You need to take it off."

Muslim women fight for right to wear Islamic headscarf

freep.com — When Raghdaa Ali of Dearborn Heights attempted to walk into a cash advance store one day last summer to get a money order, an employee pointed to the Islamic headscarf Ali wore and said: "You need to take it off."

Muslim women fight for right to wear Islamic headscarf

freep.com — When Raghdaa Ali of Dearborn Heights attempted to walk into a cash advance store one day last summer to get a money order, an employee pointed to the Islamic headscarf Ali wore and said: "You need to take it off."

Muslim woman sues Dearborn Police over headscarf removal

freep.com — A Muslim woman filed a lawsuit today against the city of Dearborn, alleging that police forced her to remove her Islamic headscarf after she was arrested on a parking violation. Maha Aldhalimi of Wayne County said that a police officer arrested her after spotting her in a no-parking zone outside a Wal-Mart store in Dearborn.

Grace Lee Boggs' 100th birthday celebrated in Detroit

freep.com — Hundreds gathered Friday night at the Charles H. Wright African-American Museum in Detroit for the 100th birthday party of Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs, who turns 100 today. A diverse range of labor leaders, community activists, and elderly Marxists gathered to honor a woman who has been part of Detroit's leftist movements since the 1950s, when she moved to Detroit.

Religious leaders in Michigan have mixed reaction to same-sex marriage ruling

freep.com — Some faith leaders hail Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, while others says it's a blow for morality and religious liberty. Religious leaders in Michigan had a mixed reaction to today's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, with some hailing it as a victory for equality and others saying it will harm society.

100th birthday for noted Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs

freep.com — Grace Lee Boggs, a Detroit activist and philosopher known internationally for her work, will turn 100 on Saturday, with a celebration planned Friday for her at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. And on Saturday, her center will take part in a march for peace in Detroit.

African-American Baptists in Detroit for convention

freep.com — Thousands of Baptists with one of the largest African-American religious groups are holding an annual conference this week at Cobo Center. The National Baptist Convention USA is holding their annual Congress of Christian Education with classes, prayer services, and youth rallies that are drawing people from across the U.S.

Jewish, black congregations hold joint service for Charleston

freep.com — Michigan's oldest Jewish congregation and an African-American church in Detroit are holding joint services this weekend to forge ties in response to the shooting in a Charleston church that killed nine black worshippers. Tonight, the Rev. Kenneth Flowers of Greater New Mt.
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Jul 02, 2015

RT @MrChuckD: All lotta CHIC in my post 73 Playlist though.

Jul 02, 2015

RT @FoxNews: .@oreillyfactor: "It is a fact of American life that the far left despises organized religion, generally speaking." pic.twitter.com/S0ayB8h0d0

Jul 02, 2015

RT @rallenMI: Big military-looking machine just rolled up on the scene of barricaded gunman in Grosse Pointe Park pic.twitter.com/9zjmZPDA9G

Jul 02, 2015

Imam Elahi on U.S. govt: "Out of hate for Bashar Assad, they opened this gate of supporting terrorism, & now ISIS is getting out of control"

Jul 02, 2015

"Mostly poor farmers, these Tamil Jains have tried to reconstruct their heritage & rediscover rituals and practices." timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/O…

Jul 02, 2015

In India, "Tamil Jains...are facing an identity crisis today. Migration, urbanization and lack of leadership" m.timesofindia.com/city/chennai/O…



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