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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:

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.

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Bill Clinton campaigns for Schauer, Peters in Flint — Former President Bill Clinton is seen by Democrats as being someone with a history of championing middle-class priorities. His visit comes as a new poll shows Mark Schauer trailing Gov. Rick Snyder. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak this afternoon in Flint at a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and U.S.

Fugitive restaurateur says post-9/11 zeal ruined him — Nearly eight years after fleeing the U.S. with tax evasion and other federal charges hanging over his head, former metro Detroit restaurateur Talal Chahine speaks wistfully of some day returning to America. "I miss my home," Chahine said in a recent, wide-ranging phone interview with the Free Press from Beirut, Lebanon.

Blind veteran with no legs biking in Free Press Marathon — When former Marine Chuck Sketch became blind and lost his legs 15 years ago, he "thought everything was off the table" in terms of physical activity. But through the help of doctors and programs that help disabled veterans compete in athletic events, the Rochester Hills resident has found a way to keep active.

Jeb Bush stumps for Snyder, Land and GOP in Troy — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush swept through Michigan on Monday to rally for Republican candidates, saying that the state and the U.S. need Republican leadership to grow the economy and restore optimism across the country. Speaking in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Troy, Bush touted Gov.

Arab festival in Dearborn canceled after conflicts drive up insurance costs — The Arab International Festival in Dearborn has been canceled for the second year in a row, raising questions about the future of the three-day gathering in June that had become an annual tradition.

Chaldean groups mobilize aid for refugees fleeing Iraq — As the number of refugees increase inside Iraq and in metro Detroit, local Chaldean groups are mobilizing to help assist them with food, clothes and support. On Friday, needy Chaldean refugees arrived at the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity in Troy to get free vegetables, clothes and a program that may allow them to get cell phones.

Tawakkul Karman, first Arab woman to win Nobel Peace Prize, speaking tonight in Dearborn — The first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize is speaking tonight in Dearborn and Ann Arbor on Monday about her struggles in Yemen. Tawakkul Karman, 32, was awarded the Nobel Prize last month along with two other women for her efforts to fight for human rights and democracy in Yemen.

2 brothers, both priests, accused of parish thefts — PLYMOUTH, Mich. - A popular Catholic priest in Plymouth was removed Thursday as law enforcement officials investigate whether he improperly used parish funds - just as his brother, also a priest, is accused of doing at a Troy parish. In a letter sent Thursday to parishioners at St.

Plymouth Catholic priest removed amid financial probe — A popular Catholic priest in Plymouth was removed Thursday as law enforcement officials investigate whether he improperly used parish funds - just as his brother, also a priest, is accused of doing at a Troy parish. In a letter sent Thursday to parishioners at St. Kenneth Parish, Auxiliary Bishop Francis Reiss wrote that the Rev.

Wayne State University engineering gets $25M gift — Wayne State University's College of Engineering is receiving $25 million from an alumnus to promote entrepreneurship in Detroit, officials announced Thursday. The gift from James Anderson, president and CEO of Urban Science in Detroit and his wife, Patricia Anderson, is believed to be the largest gift ever to the university's engineering program.
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Oct 24, 2014

Man who attacked police with hatchet in NYC has Facebook page with "a Muslim warrior and prayers," reports @MSNBC.…

Oct 24, 2014

My window at work is the fourth one from the right. Time-lapse recording shows it at night and day.…

Oct 24, 2014

You can see the window I looked out for the past 5 years at work in this @xdannyxbrownx doc. 10 second shot at 12:17.…

Oct 24, 2014

My last entrance into the historic Detroit News building. Staff moving next week to new building.

Oct 24, 2014

Ghulam Azam, ex-head of Jamaat-e-Islami convicted last year of war crimes in 1971, visited Detroit & Hamtramck the 2nd week of Sept. 2001.

Oct 24, 2014

Ex-head of Jamaat-e-Islami who died today was found guilty last year of helping kill Bengalis in 1971 mass killings…

Oct 24, 2014

"former leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party" died at 91, was convicted of war crimes in 1971 mass killings.…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @bbcworldservice: Boko Haram is reported to have abducted more girls and women in Nigeria

Oct 24, 2014

Previous @freep separate entrance in Det News bldg, & photo of staff in front of it in 2001 on 170th anniv of paper.

Oct 24, 2014

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