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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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Journalist who grew up in Dearborn and Livonia dies in Turkey — Growing up in Dearborn and Livonia the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Serena Shim was known as an energetic girl who cared deeply for the world. She was destined to be a leader, her family members would say. Shim's ambitions led her to become a foreign reporter for Press TV, Iran's government-funded media outlet, reporting from Iraq, Lebanon, Ukraine and Turkey.

Metro Detroit | Detroit Free Press | — The CIA abruptly yanked all of its advertisements this month from metro Detroit's largest Arab-American newspaper because it ran an Associated Press report that said the intelligence agency was helping spy on Muslim Americans. But on Thursday, after inquiries from the Free Press, the CIA said it was resubmitting the ads to the Arab American News and regretted "any misunderstandings."

Gov. Rick Snyder calls Dearborn role model during talk at Arab-American museum

Arab-Americans will continue to grow in metro Detroit — Iraqi-American Christians make up a big part of the Middle Eastern population. When Suehaila Amen was growing up in Dearborn in the early 1980s, there were only a couple of Arab restaurants and groceries near where her family lived.

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.
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Oct 31, 2014

"Frank keeps his days busy by reading VS Naipaul to the blind"

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AFP: Nigeria's Boko Haram says 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped earlier this year have converted to Islam and been married off

Oct 31, 2014

In Detroit's "Mexicantown they are prepping for el Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead.”…

Oct 31, 2014

"Is democracy a Jewish idea?" asked @momentmagazine in 2012. "No," replied Prof. Walzer. "It's...Greek"

Oct 31, 2014

Next month, the Michigan Israel Business Bridge will lead a trade mission to Israel. Ad in Det Jewish News.

Oct 31, 2014

Raised in metro Detroit, #SerenaShim "just wanted to report the truth, to report what was going on” said a relative.

Oct 31, 2014

Rabbi Krakoff of Shaarey Zedek later changed his mind & let his kids go trick-or-treating, but cautioned them of Halloween's pagan roots.

Oct 31, 2014

For example, ex-head rabbi of Michigan's biggest Conservative synagogue (Sen. Levin is member) once forbid his kids from trick-or-treating.

Oct 31, 2014

Some Jews and Protestants also don't celebrate Halloween, seeing it as a pagan custom that conflicts with their beliefs.

Oct 31, 2014

"Halloween is about Shirk (idolatry)...Halloween is a pagan celebration. But when Eid comes, that is our celebration"…

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