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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

Bill Clinton campaigns for Schauer, Peters in Flint

freep.com — 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

archive.freep.com — 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

freep.com — 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

freep.com — 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

archive.freep.com — 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

freep.com — 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

archive.freep.com — 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

usatoday.com — 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

freep.com — 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

freep.com — 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 23, 2014

RT @BBCWorld They share a race, culture & language but have no state. We explain who the #Kurds are bbc.in/1sLThYo

Oct 22, 2014

Today's shooter once had his passport taken by Canadian authorities when they learned he planned to fight abroad cnn.com/2014/10/22/wor…

Oct 22, 2014

Canadian police say man who ran down, killed soldier on Monday was 'radicalized.' About to go to Turkey last year. cnn.com/2014/10/21/us/…

Oct 22, 2014

In Canada, two attacks this week on soldiers by 2 converts to Islam. Monday shooter about to leave abroad for terror. cnn.com/2014/10/22/wor…

Oct 22, 2014

In Flint, MI, today, Bill "Clinton urges vote against wealthy, special interests...took aim at the Koch brothers" on.freep.com/1wkytc1

Oct 22, 2014

"Flint, Vehicle City" -- sign over road in downtown Flint, Michigan. pic.twitter.com/2foXBNfFCd

Oct 22, 2014

Statue of Gandhi in a park next to the University of Michigan-Flint. vine.co/v/Oh7DLH5dplB

Oct 22, 2014

Just spoke with @MarkTottenForAG. He said AG @BillSchuette spent too much time on the Hobby Lobby contraception cases: "He's too extreme."



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