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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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Mitt Romney's run for president spurs interest in Mormon faith — As Mitt Romney runs for the presidency, there is growing interest in the Mormon faith, with many curious about a religion that's a key part of his life. It's a spotlight that metro Detroit's Mormon community -- in which Romney grew up -- welcomes.

Suzanne Lynn Lichtman, director of marketing and special projects at the Jewish Community Center, dies — Suzanne Lichtman of Farmington Hills, marketing director at the Jewish Community Center in metro Detroit for more than 25 years, died Thursday of complications from leukemia. She was 50. Mrs. Lichtman was known by friends and colleagues as a passionate worker full of energy for her job and life.

Wayne County | Detroit Free Press | — A city known for its hookah cafés has banned the opening of any more of them for the next six months amid concern that some establishments are operating illegally and hurting the community's health.

Woman ordered to remove hijab files suit against police — DETROIT - A Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit accusing police of violating her constitutional rights by making her remove her headscarf after they arrested her for driving on a suspended license. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court here, asks for the Dearborn Heights, Mich., Police Department to modify its present policy so a Muslim woman can wear her hijab during booking procedures.

Imam Qazwini threatens to resign from mosque — The religious leader of the Islamic Center of America - a landmark religious institution in metro Detroit that's one of Michigan's biggest mosques - said Friday he would resign unless the board of trustees dissolves.

150th birthday of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated in metro Detroit, where he spoke several times — The 150th birthday of Swami Vivekananda is being celebrated this month in metro Detroit and around the world. This Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 10 a.m. there will be an event marking his birthday at Troy Community Center in Michigan. Here's a story written last year about Vivekananda's connection to metro Detroit.

A Muslim woman sues Dearborn Heights police for removing her Islamic headscarf after arrest — A Muslim woman filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing Dearborn Heights police of violating her constitutional rights by making her remove her Islamic headscarf after they arrested her for driving on a suspended license. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Detroit, asks for Dearborn Heights to "modify its current policy" so that Muslim women can wear Islamic headscarves during booking procedures.

Students at Michigan State University write short guide to Muslims — From pronouncing the word "Muslim" to explaining Islamic holidays, a new guide written by students at Michigan State University aims to educate the public about Muslim Americans at a time when the issue of Muslims in the West is being intensely debated.

800 pack Jewish Community Center in Oak Park, Michigan, to stop it from closing — Hundreds jammed the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park Monday night to strongly object to the center's closing, accusing Jewish leaders of favoring the wealthy in the community. It was standing-room only inside the center as residents lined up to blast the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Jewish Community Center leaders for moving to...

Pastors: Restore power to Detroit police commissioners — Concerned about the reduced civilian oversight of the Detroit Police Department, pastors and the chair of the department's board of commissioners asked the city on Tuesday to restore the board's powers as soon as possible.
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Jan 29, 2015

The illustrator wrote "Stray into the Milky Way" on the right, but I thought Rakim said "Astray into the Milky Way." I could be wrong.

Jan 27, 2015

1959 article in Detroit Free Press by Mitt's dad, George Romney, then president of auto company, on his Mormon faith:…

Jan 27, 2015

2012 story I wrote about Mitt Romney's faith. I attended services at his former church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.…

Jan 27, 2015

Wash Post: Romney's campaign HQ could be in "Detroit, where the Romney family has roots and enjoys a strong political & financial network."

Jan 27, 2015

"Romney...recites Scripture...muses about salvation & the prophet; urges students to marry young & have" lots of kids…

Jan 27, 2015

"Romney, ahead of 2016 run, now calls Utah home, talks openly about Mormon influence," reports @PhilipRucker.…

Jan 27, 2015

Faith No More play in Detroit in May: Can't believe this band is still around: "What is it!?"…

Jan 27, 2015

In India, Obama quotes Gandhi to stress religious tolerance, mentioning the 2012 Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin…

Jan 27, 2015

@sonnylebythebay @capleen my dad still actually has his reel-to-reel tapes. and 70s reel-to-reel player, though it's now in the garage...

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