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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

Armenians mark 100th anniversary of massacre

freep.com — The Armenian massacre 100 years ago is being recalled by thousands of Armenian Americans and others across metro Detroit to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. She was a 7-year-old girl in a small village in Turkey, unaware of the political turmoil around her.

Cops: Assault suspect dies after stun gun used in arrest

freep.com — A man died Thursday after being shocked with a Taser by police in Gibraltar, police said. The officer who used the stun gun on the man has been placed on administrative leave, but police say the officer acted appropriately in the incident. The man has been identified as David Michael Kapuscinski, 39, of Gibraltar.

Ex-head of the Islamic university in Southfield sentenced to death in Egypt

freep.com — The former president of the Islamic American University in Southfield was sentenced to death today in an Egyptian court for his role in the Muslim Brotherhood. Salah Soltan, a former Dearborn resident who led the Islamic university in Southfield from 1999 to 2004 and is a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, was convicted for his leadership role in the Islamist group.

Lawsuits demand: Rescue Americans stranded in Yemen

usatoday.com — DETROIT - More than 50 Yemeni-Americans from Wayne County, Mich., are stranded in Yemen as the Middle Eastern country disintegrates amid a growing war, according to two lawsuits filed Thursday in federal courts. The lawsuits, filed in Detroit and Washington, D.C., by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), accuse the U.S.

52 Wayne County residents stranded in Yemen seek help

freep.com — More than 50 Yemeni-Americans from Wayne County are stranded in Yemen as the Middle Eastern country disintegrates amid a growing war, according to two lawsuits filed Thursday in federal courts. The lawsuits, filed in Detroit and Washington, D.C., by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), accuse the U.S.

Safety of Arab-Americans in Dearborn raised in U.S. Senate drone debate

archive.freep.com — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) expressed concern that the U.S. government could abuse its powers against civilians, with Arab-Americans in Dearborn among those victimized. Paul, who is currently on the Senate floor speaking in a filibuster to protest the government's authority to launch domestic drone strikes, referenced Dearborn's Arab-American community in an interview with NBC.

Auburn Hills man to perform Muslim call to prayer in all 50 states

freep.com — Auburn Hills man learned how to recite the call to prayer as an 11-year-old boy in Ann Arbor. Hoping to spread a message of peace, he intends to recite it in 50 states across the U.S. in 35 days Holding his hands over his ears, Jameel Syed stood in front of the congregation at a Farmington Hills mosque, calling the faithful to prayer.

For Detroit-area Jews, a Passover lesson about slavery

freep.com — During Passover, which starts Friday night, many in the Jewish community recall their slavery in the past and victims of slavery in the modern world When Ruby Robinson of Detroit sits down tonight for the Passover seder, he will join millions of other Jewish people for a ritual that reminds them of the Jews' exodus from slavery under the Egyptians.

Thousands expected at a march in Detroit for racial and economic justice

freep.com — Thousands are expected to march Saturday demanding racial justice in Detroit in a rally organized by more than 100 local churches. Called the March for Justice, the walk is part of a broader effort to highlight what organizers say is the growing marginalization of African-Americans in Detroit.

Dearborn cleric Jebril answers federal questions

freep.com — A Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS fighters answered questions today about his finances in a deposition, a day after a federal ordered judge ordered him to talk. Ahmad Jebril, 43, who's currently on supervised release after serving 6 1/ 2 years on 42 counts of fraud, answered all the questions, said the U.S.
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Apr 20, 2015

RT @FatherTim: To all the people who keep asking me if I've watched fill-in-the-blank Bible series on TV: No. I read the book.

Apr 20, 2015

Ann Arbor Catholic priest tells parishioners to carry guns, saying crime is increasing. Offers gun classes in parish. on.freep.com/1GbBlx1

Apr 20, 2015

Catholic priest in Mich tells parishioners to carry guns. A woman objects. He responds: "How do you feel about rape?" pic.twitter.com/NPQFi0uTKT

Apr 20, 2015

@RelapsedCath Thanks. I saw the letter a few days ago, but was tied up on other stories. Colleague worked on it. Haven't heard of priest.

Apr 20, 2015

Ex-reporter who won Pulitzer today left newspaper last year for pr because of high housing costs in south California laobserved.com/archive/2015/0…

Apr 20, 2015

Newsweek says Qatar "provides its Taliban guests...with every comfort: luxury SUVs, free medical care and air-conditioned homes."

Apr 20, 2015

78-yr-old woman in metro Detroit recalls what her mom suffered in Armenian genocide as a girl freep.com/story/news/loc… pic.twitter.com/skFdM0CSze

Apr 20, 2015

Author: Documents show "Vatican’s agreement (with Mussolini) make no objection to the racial laws" that expelled Jews amazon.com/The-Pope-Musso…



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