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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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City of Detroit | Detroit Free Press | — A manager at a Detroit meatpacking plant said Monday that 15 immigrant women were fired last month after attending a protest for immigrant rights. He said they had been told that they would be terminated if they missed work on the day of the protest.

Biggest metro Detroit immigrant group is from India, report shows — A major report on metro Detroit's immigrants released this week reveals a foreign-born population that's diverse, spread across the region and helping the area grow. "The foreign-born are a boon to the regional economy, demonstrating tremendous economic earning and job creation power," said the 86-page report done by Global Detroit and Data Driven Detroit.

Undocumented immigrants in metro Detroit are pleased with Obama's order — Many undocumented immigrants cheered President Barack Obama's announcement tonight of a federal order that could prevent deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants. "We're very happy about it," said Adonis Flores, 26, of Detroit, whose parents brought him to the U.S. from Mexico illegally as a child.

Michigan's 100,000 illegal immigrants await Obama order — President Barack Obama's expected signing of an immigration order this week could legalize about 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan, offering relief to many of the state's roughly 100,000 immigrants who live here illegally. Obama said Wednesday he will bypass Congress to order executive action preventing deportation for up to 5 million people living illegally in the U.S.

Rabbi killed in Jerusalem attack grew up in Oak Park — Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city's bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout. The attack ratcheted up fears of sustained violence in the city, which is already on edge amid soaring tensions over its most contested holy site.

Is this Michigan's most LGBT-friendly city? — (Detroit Free Press) -- East Lansing is the friendliest city toward gays and lesbians in Michigan and one of the friendliest in the U.S., according to a new study recently released by a civil rights group. In contrast, Warren ranked last among nine Michigan cities surveyed in terms of friendliness to the LGBT community, scoring only 10 out of 100 points total.

Interview with Rev. Gary Hall, Episcopal priest who’s new dean at Washington National Cathedral — The new dean of Washington National Cathedral, Rev. Gary Hall, made headlines in recent weeks with his calls for gun control and announcing that the cathedral - considered America's house of worship - will perform gay marriages. His previous position was rector of the biggest Episcopal church in Michigan, Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills.

Warren family escaped ISIS — On the road fleeing their hometown in Iraq, the Ilotte family was packed tight in a black sedan as ISIS forces advanced behind them. "They're going to kill us, they're going to get us," 4-year-old Frans Ilotte cried in the backseat. "No, we'll protect you. It's OK," the boy's parents assured him.

Jury finds Rasmieh Odeh guilty of lying on immigration papers — Rasmieh Odeh, 67, was accused by prosecutors of being a terrorist who killed Israelis in 1969 and then lied about it when trying to become a U.S. citizen. Odeh used to live in Michigan and is now in Chicago, where she works for the Arab American Action Network.

State Rep. Banks re-elected despite scandal, 8 felonies — Despite having eight felony convictions and facing accusations of sexual harassment and residency questions, an incumbent state representative easily won re-election Tuesday. With 94% of the precincts counted in District 1, state Rep. Brian Banks, a Democrat representing Harper Woods, northeast Detroit, Grosse Pointe Shores and Grosse Pointe Woods, was leading Republican John Hauler with 67% of the vote.
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Nov 22, 2014

In 1998 book, Prof. Sugure says white Appalachian migrants to Detroit were more open to integration with blacks than ethnic Catholics were.

Nov 22, 2014

"The Kentucky voices and guitars...announced...that a substantial number of workers from the South had arrived in southeast Michigan."

Nov 22, 2014

"Hamtramck Mama" was seen as obscene by Hamtramck Mayor Walter Kanar, who got a court order to ban it in his city.…

Nov 22, 2014

Originally from Kentucky, York Brothers moved to Detroit as did many Appalachian migrants. Recorded "Highland Park Girl” & "Hamtramck Mama."

Nov 22, 2014

New book looks at Detroit's white Appalachian culture: "Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, & Rockabillies"…

Nov 22, 2014

Marine "Herrera was paralyzed from the chest down in June 2012, when he was shot in the spine" in Afghanistan.

Nov 22, 2014

A classic DJ Premier track. RT @HipHopGoldenAge: Jeru The Damaja - "D. Original" 1994

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