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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

Family of slain imam appeals to high court for answers

usatoday.com — DETROIT - More than five years after the FBI's shooting death of a Muslim leader in Michigan, his family is still trying to find out what happened and get the names of those who shot him during a sting operation, maintaining there was a cover-up by federal authorities.
Jul 27, 2015

Family of slain Detroit imam appeals to high court for answers, alleging the FBI concealed evidence usat.ly/1MRwp2z via @usatoday

Family of Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers

freep.com — More than five years after the FBI's shooting death of a Muslim leader in Dearborn, his family is still trying to find out what happened and the names of those who shot him during a sting operation, maintaining there was a cover-up by federal authorities. This month, the family asked the U.S.
Jul 27, 2015

Family of Detroit Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers, petition Supreme Court. on.freep.com/1MR0yyW

Jul 27, 2015

Family of Muslim leader shot dead by FBI agents in counter-terror raid in Dearborn accuse FBI of concealing evidence. freep.com/story/news/loc…

Jul 27, 2015

Family of Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers on.freep.com/1LNxMkh (by @nwarikoo)

Jul 27, 2015

RT @angshah: Family of Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers on.freep.com/1LNxMkh (by @nwarikoo)

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Dearborn delays vote on banning smoking in parks

freep.com — After an intense debate, Dearborn City Council has delayed its vote on whether to ban smoking in all of its parks. The council was ready to vote tonight on the proposal to ban smoking in all of the city's 43 public parks.
Jul 22, 2015

After complaints from some Arab-Americans who say it targeted them, Dearborn delays vote on smoking ban in parks on.freep.com/1MGvvG7

Dominoes fall, maybe not records

freep.com — World records were unofficially set Saturday in Detroit at the Michigan Science Center, as the world's largest chain machine toppled about 200,000 dominoes. The Guinness Book of World Records hasn't yet certified it officially, but organizers say they successfully created the largest Rube Goldberg machine, which refers to machines that usually involve a large number of chain reactions, such as toppling dominoes.

Commerce Township woman with ties to European royalty dies at 84

freep.com — Jerrine Habsburg-Lothringen, a Commerce Township painter who had ties to European royalty through her husband, died on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at her home of complications from cancer. She was 84. A longtime resident of Farmington Hills, Mrs. Habsburg-Lothringen painted portraits and landscapes, teaching painting classes at Oakland Community College, Visual Arts Association of Livonia and the Bloomfield Birmingham Art Association.
Jul 18, 2015

European #royalty lived in #Michigan suburb, including great great grandson of Queen Victoria. Who knew? #royals freep.com/story/news/obi…

Thousands expected for chariot, Indian festival in Novi

freep.com — Thousands are expected to walk through the streets of Novi on Sunday for an annual festival that has grown since it started at Belle Isle in the 1980s. The 30th annual Festival of Chariots - called the Michigan Rathyatra - features the pulling of a 40-foot-tall colorful chariot that contains a statue of a smiling Krishna, seen to followers as Lord.
Jul 18, 2015

The 30th annual procession for Krishna in metro Detroit organized by ISKCON to be held in Novi on Sunday. on.freep.com/1Mz6lZX #RathYatra

30,000 Lutherans blanket Detroit to volunteer, worship

usatoday.com — DETROIT - As the sun beat down at Spirit of Hope Church in Detroit, Jeremy Smith, 16, sliced through a long tree branch in an alleyway near the house of worship. He was helping clear brush on Thursday, one of about 30,000 people in Detroit this week for a youth gathering of the biggest Lutheran group in the U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Jul 17, 2015

The head of largest Lutheran group in the U.S., Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, to address Lutheran youth Sunday in Detroit. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

30,000 Lutherans blanket Detroit to volunteer, worship

freep.com — As the sun beat down at Spirit of Hope Church in Detroit, Jeremy Smith, 16, sliced through a long tree branch in an alleyway near the house of worship. He was helping clear brush on Thursday, one of about 30,000 people in Detroit this week for a youth gathering of the biggest Lutheran group in the U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Jul 17, 2015

RT @nwarikoo: 30,000 Lutherans in Detroit to volunteer, worship: "We are doing God's work right here with our hands." on.freep.com/1Mx5CbR #RiseUpELCA

Jul 17, 2015

30,000 Lutherans in Detroit to volunteer, worship: "We are doing God's work right here with our hands." on.freep.com/1Mx5CbR #RiseUpELCA

Muslim holy day Ashura grows more popular worldwide

provokedthoughts.wordpress.com — http://www.freep.com/article/20091226/NEWS05/912260330/1322/Muslim-holy-day-Ashura-grows-more-popular-worldwide BY NIRAJ WARIKOO FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER The traditions of Ashura -- a holy day Shi'ite Muslims will observe Sunday -- started in the Middle East and spread to Iran and South Asia, where they have been practiced for centuries. But in recent years, the ceremonies have become more popular in other parts of...
Jul 16, 2015

@sammiejoe interesting. i haven't seen their website. will check it out. here's 2009 story i wrote that mentioned it provokedthoughts.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/mus…

Iran deal draws mixed reaction in metro Detroit's Jewish and Muslim communities

freep.com — The Iran deal announced today drew a mixed reaction among some in metro Detroit's Jewish and Muslim communities. Imam Mohammad Elahi, an immigrant from Iran who leads the Islamic House of Wisdom, praised the deal, calling it "a win-win agreement. A victory against warmongers and voices of hate, hypocrisy and evil."
Jul 14, 2015

#IranDeal draws mixed reaction in metro Detroit's Jewish and Muslim communities. Imam Elahi calls it "win-win." on.freep.com/1IYwmD4

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Jul 28, 2015

Pentecostal convention in Detroit this week. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World is led by Bishop Ellis of Detroit. pic.twitter.com/NTJasVXYX8

Jul 28, 2015

"Who am I? Why am I here?" - The existential opening lines of Perot's running mate in 1992 Vice Presidential Debate. m.youtube.com/watch?v=eV4S1j…

Jul 28, 2015

RT @namenzie: Ben Carson, Uninvited to Speak to SBC Pastors, a Popular Guest at Southern Baptist Churches nation.foxnews.com/2015/04/30/ben…

Jul 27, 2015

RT @Milarso: Eight years ago today, I was diagnosed with #cancer. I won that battle. #cancerversary

Jul 27, 2015

I interviewed #APJAbdulKalam after the ceremony in his hotel room. I asked him about religion. He talked about how spirituality is better.

Jul 27, 2015

India's ex-pres, #APJAbdulKalam, who died today, visited metro Detroit in 2009. Got honorary degree from Oakland Univ oakland.edu/view_news.aspx…

Jul 27, 2015

RT @APJAbdulKalam: Remembering the great soul, Nelson Mandela on his birth anniversary today. Such noble humans are rare in history. fb.me/3YQoLDwmK

Jul 27, 2015

RT @APJAbdulKalam: couple of days bck,i met my teacher Rev.father Chinnadurai,92 years at Dindugal. He taught me nuclear physics in 1952 pic.twitter.com/3S8YGxi5rc



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