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Detroit, Michigan
Religion Reporter — Detroit Free Press
As seen in:  USA Today, 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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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?

Sep 21, 2014

RT @tufailelif: "In 2011, nongovernment experts ... estimated that Pakistan had built more than 100 deployed nuclear weapons…

Sep 21, 2014

RT @DavidVeselenak: .@MichiganDOT director @transpoman tells me they did not expect this level of people when planning the family fun day. #96fixed

Sep 21, 2014

RT @transpoman Must be 10,000 people @96Fix. More still coming. Opens tomorrow morning for rush hour

Sep 21, 2014

Photos of metro Detroiters on I-96 highway today with no cars, ahead of its opening after months of repairs… #96fixed

Sep 21, 2014

1981 documentary on American televangelist Rev. Gene Scott by German filmmaker Werner Herzog, "God's Angry Man"…

Sep 21, 2014

In 1986 opening monologue on @nbcsnl, Robin Williams impersonated Reagan and televangelists such as Rev. Gene Scott…

Sep 21, 2014

"In 2012, only 550 mortgages were written in the city of 714,000 people"… #Detroit

Sep 21, 2014

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan: "The biggest single problem to restoring blight is we can't get mortgages."…

Sep 21, 2014

In metro Detroit, "the number of mortgages given to black borrowers...dropped 79% (11% for whites) from 2006 to 2012"…

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