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Detroit, Michigan
Religion Reporter — Detroit Free Press
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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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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.

Tawakkul Karman, first Arab woman to win Nobel Peace Prize, speaking tonight in Dearborn — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.

Troy pastor under embezzlement investigation bought $500,000 Florida condo from church manager — The charismatic Catholic pastor removed last week from his parish in Troy amid an embezzlement investigation bought a half-million-dollar condo in Florida from his longtime church administrator, the Free Press has learned. Adding another layer to the case that has shocked and captivated metro Detroit Catholics, the St.
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