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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 daily newspaper: Detroit Free Press @Freep. Writes on religion, immigration, equality, Muslim, Arab-American issues. 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

2015 - Localization of National Story
First-Place Excellent in Journalism Award from SPJ-Detroit for stories about how the rise of ISIS affected metro Detroiters.

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."

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

Man accused of planning ISIS attack on church in court

freep.com — Khalil Abu-Rayyan is accused of owing a gun while he was a regular marijuana user. He's also accused, though not charged, in an affidavit of plotting ISIS attacks in metro Detroit. A Dearborn Heights man accused of threatening ISIS attacks on police and a Detroit church with 6,000 members appeared in court today on a charge of possessing a firearm while taking illegal drugs.
Feb 08, 2016

Man accused of planning ISIS attack on #Detroit church appears in court on.freep.com/1T99upN via @freep

Feb 08, 2016

Dearborn Hts man accused of planning ISIS attack on Detroit church appeared today in court on gun drug charge: freep.com/story/news/loc…

Activists ask United Nations to intervene in Flint

freep.com — Did the Flint water contamination violate international treaties the U.S. has agreed to? Activists want the United Nations to come to Flint and investigate. Many people have been asking city, state and federal officials to help in Flint.
Feb 07, 2016

Activists in Michigan ask the United Nations to intervene in Flint and conduct a fact-finding mission on.freep.com/1XbfqxJ

Feb 07, 2016

Leaders with Detroit Water Brigade testified before @UN last week on Flint contamination and Detroit water shutoffs: on.freep.com/1XbfqxJ

Feb 07, 2016

The @UN came to Detroit in 2014 to look at water shutoffs. Now, they're asking to come to Flint for contamination: freep.com/story/news/loc…

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FBI: Dearborn Hts man plotted attacks on church, police

lansingstatejournal.com — Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights has not been charged with terrorism crime. FBI says it's been tracking him since May, that he threatened attacks against police and church in support of ISIS A 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man threatened terrorist attacks in support of ISIS with targets including police and a Detroit church with up to 6,000 members, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.

Vigil in Dearborn Hts. for cleric executed in Saudi Arabia

freep.com — A vigil is planned for Saturday at a Dearborn Heights mosque in support of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a Shia cleric who was executed by authorities in Saudi Arabia last month. The Jan. 2 execution of Sheikh al-Nimr was criticized by human rights groups and many in metro Detroit's Arab-American and Muslim communities.
Feb 06, 2016

Vigil set for today in #Michigan to mark brutal beheading of popular cleric in Saudi Arabia freep.com/story/news/loc…

Feb 06, 2016

I spoke yesterday with a son of Sheikh #Nimr, executed in Saudi Arabia. Vigil for him tonight in Dearborn Heights on.freep.com/1X9CTzg

Feb 06, 2016

Imam Elahi of Dearborn Heights: "Anywhere there is terrorism, there is somehow a sign of Saudi support" on.freep.com/1X9CTzg

Feb 06, 2016

Imam Elahi of Dearborn Heights: "Saudi Arabia and ISIS, Al-Qaeda share the same ideology, policies, and practices." on.freep.com/1X9CTzg

Feb 06, 2016

Vigil at Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights starting soon for cleric executed in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh #Nimr on.freep.com/1X9CTzg

FBI: Michigan man plotted attacks in support of ISIL

freep.com — Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights has not been charged with terrorism crime. FBI says it's been tracking him since May, that he threatened attacks against police and church in support of ISIS A 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man threatened terror attacks in support of ISIS with targets including police and a Detroit church with up to 6,000 members, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.

Dearborn Heights man threatened ISIS attacks on church

freep.com — Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights has not been charged with terrorism crime. FBI says it's been tracking him since May, that he threatened attacks against police and church in support of ISIS A 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man threatened terror attacks in support of ISIS with targets including police and a Detroit church with up to 6,000 members, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.
Feb 05, 2016

ALERT: FBI alleges a Dearborn Hts man threatened ISIS attacks on Detroit church, police, shootings and beheadings on.freep.com/1T3XLJ6

Feb 05, 2016

FBI: Dearborn Hts man told undercover FBI: "If I can't do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here." on.freep.com/1T3XLJ6

Feb 05, 2016

FBI tells Detroit Free Press the suspect is in custody and faces a federal detention hearing on Monday. on.freep.com/1T3XLJ6

Feb 05, 2016

Breaking: FBI claims #Michigan man threatened ISIS attacks on church, spoke of beheadings freep.com/story/news/loc…

Feb 05, 2016

RT @freep: FBI: Dearborn Heights man plotted ISIS attacks on church on.freep.com/1S691Ve

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Flint immigrants struggle to get help, info on water

freep.com — Some undocumented immigrants in Flint were denied water at state distribution stations because of an ID requirement, prompting advocacy groups to mobilize to help get them water When the Flint mother discovered a rash developing on her 11-month-old daughter's back and legs, she knew something was wrong, but couldn't figure out why.
Feb 04, 2016

Flint immigrants who are undocumented and don't know English struggle to get help, info on water on.freep.com/1SZ7P6a #FlintWaterCrisis

Feb 04, 2016

Flint immigrants struggle to get help, info on water on.freep.com/1SZ7P6a via @freep

Feb 04, 2016

Flint immigrants struggle to get help, info on water on.freep.com/1SZ7P6a via @freep

Feb 04, 2016

Immigrants in Flint, Mich., struggle to get help, info on water dangers. Some turned away because of lack of IDs. freep.com/story/news/loc…

Feb 04, 2016

State official admits that some immigrants were turned away from getting bottled water because they lacked ID on.freep.com/1SZ7P6a

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Family of woman killed by Dearborn Police wants justice

freep.com — The family of a Detroit woman shot dead last month by Dearborn Police called for justice in an emotional press conference outside Dearborn Police headquarters. "This is a murder," said Cassie Bass, a niece of Janet Wilson, 31, shot dead by police on Jan. 27.
Feb 03, 2016

Family of woman killed by Dearborn Police wants justice on.freep.com/1X3V5du

Feb 03, 2016

Family of Detroit woman killed by Dearborn cops wants answers: "She didn't like confrontation" on.freep.com/1X3V5du

Feb 03, 2016

RT @nwarikoo: Family of Detroit woman killed by Dearborn cops wants answers: "She didn't like confrontation" on.freep.com/1X3V5du

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Teenagers among 5 fatal victims of Novi basement fire

freep.com — Three of the five fatal victims of a basement fire in a Novi house were teenagers, Novi Police said today. Novi Police Chief David Molloy released new details about a fire Sunday morning in a Novi home that killed five, at least four of them immigrants from Mexico who worked at a nearby Chinese restaurant, Kim's Garden.
Feb 02, 2016

Teenagers among 5 fatal victims of Novi fire. Police look at possible human trafficking of immigrants from Mexico. on.freep.com/1X0y5wa

Feb 02, 2016

3 of the 5 victims in fatal #Novi house fire were teenagers. Glass block windows trapped them in basement on.freep.com/1X0y5wa via @freep

5 people dead in Novi house fire were from Mexico

freep.com — Police say five restaurant co-workers who died in a house fire in Novi were from Mexico. The public safety director in Novi released more details Monday, a day after five men died in a fire that might be linked to careless smoking and a mattress.
Feb 01, 2016

Feds, Mexican consulate join probe into fire deaths of 5 restaurant workers #Michigan on.freep.com/1WXoy8U via @freep

Feb 01, 2016

Mexican Consul trying to help family of 5 Mexican immigrants killed in fire in Novi who worked at Chinese restaurant on.freep.com/1WXoy8U

Feb 02, 2016

Brings to mind the scene in the Spanish movie Biutiful, where the migrant workers die trapped in basement freep.com/story/news/loc…

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Feb 08, 2016

RT @ABC: Happy Chinese New Year! See celebrations ringing in The Year of the Monkey around the world abcn.ws/1PKOX8G pic.twitter.com/3ntUA7DjPx

Feb 08, 2016

"What's the most embarrassing thing you can talk about?...Discussions that include God, said a Scandinavian pastor." bpnews.net/46279/amid-sca…

Feb 08, 2016

RT @USATODAY: In Detroit, a new generation of black activists are gaining steam: usat.ly/1PbO2wr pic.twitter.com/ppbQg5VdLW

Feb 08, 2016

Dearborn Hts man accused of planning ISIS attack on Detroit church appeared today in court on gun drug charge: freep.com/story/news/loc…

Feb 08, 2016

Handcuffed wearing a green jumpsuit from Wayne County jail, Abu-Rayyan glanced around the courtroom during his court appearance in Detroit.

Feb 08, 2016

The family of Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, has retained an attorney out of Buffalo, NY. His detention hearing is rescheduled for Wednesday.

Feb 08, 2016

ALERT: Dearborn Hts man accused of plotting ISIS attack against Detroit church & police just appeared in court on marijuana & gun charge.

Feb 08, 2016

^ I'll be at the hearing starting soon.

Feb 08, 2016

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is turning down House Democrats’ request that he testify about his role in Flint" thehill.com/policy/energy-…

Feb 08, 2016

1 pm hearing today in court for Dearborn Hts man accused of planning ISIS attack on 6,000-member Detroit church: freep.com/story/news/loc…


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