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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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Muslim conference in Detroit stirs controversy — DETROIT - Thousands of Muslims from across the U.S. are headed to Detroit this weekend for one of the biggest Islamic conventions in North America, a four-day event at which they will discuss the future of their community and faith in America.

Attorney: Imam didn't get fair trial in rape cases — A Muslim leader convicted of raping three young girls in Detroit is to be sentenced Wednesday in a case that features a constitutional debate over whether women who wear an Islamic face veil should be allowed to testify with it on. The case deals with two potentially conflicting freedoms protected under the U.S.

Suit alleges feds profiled Muslim Americans at border searches — Filed in Detroit, the lawsuit is the latest case involving allegations that U.S. agents are abusing their power at border crossings between the U.S. and Canada. Three other lawsuits have been filed in federal court over the past year involving women of non-Muslim backgrounds who also say they've been subject to invasive strip searches.

Jains will pray for the turkeys today — While many will feast today on turkey, one religious group known for being vegetarian is praying for the millions of turkeys killed for Thanksgiving. At the Jain Temple in Farmington Hills today, some will be reciting prayers known as navakar jaap "for all the turkeys that are going to be killed," says the temple.

India's 'hugging saint' embraces Detroit to spread message of love — Mata Amrtanandamayi Devi, often called Amma, is a spiritual leader dubbed the hugging saint. She has made Detroit one of the main stops for the past 15 years during her annual tours outside India. Amma is known for embracing millions of people around the world and for her charitable projects.

Police Chief Craig: To compare Detroit to Ferguson is ‘appalling’ — In the wake of unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Detroit's police chief praised the Detroit Police Department's community relations efforts and defended its use of paramilitary equipment when facing potentially violent suspects. The tensions in Ferguson have sparked a debate about what critics say is the growing militarization of local police departments and the insensitivity of some police to residents.

Study shows huge income, education gaps among races in metro Detroit — A report released today by New Detroit showed there are significant gaps in education and income among races across metro Detroit, with Latinos and African Americans lagging behind whites and Asian Americans. "The economic segregation is very clear," said John Ziraldo, a New Detroit board member and CEO of Lighthouse of Oakland County, a social services group in Pontiac.

Louis Farrakhan: African Americans deserve own courts after failings of U.S. justice system — In a fiery speech delivered to 18,000 at Joe Louis Arena, Minister Louis Farrakhan blasted the U.S. judicial system as being biased against African Americans, calling upon the community to set up its own courts. "We want equal justice under the law," Farrakhan said on the last day of the Nation of Islam's annual convention, held in Detroit this year.

Supporters seek release of Palestinian activist Odeh — Supporters of a Palestinian immigrant convicted of immigration fraud tied to a terrorist attack in Israel are fighting to get her released from prison in Michigan. In a recent court filing, they cited what they called Rasmieh Odeh's "unique and extraordinary ties to the community" to show that she's not a flight risk.

City of Detroit | Detroit Free Press | — A manager at a Detroit meatpacking plant said Monday that 15 immigrant women were fired last month after attending a protest for immigrant rights. He said they had been told that they would be terminated if they missed work on the day of the protest.
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Dec 21, 2014

Incoming State Rep. who heads MI branch of American Family Assoc, sends Christmas card with Washington crossing river

Dec 21, 2014

But keep in mind that many conservatives - including far right columnist Ann Coulter - also had slammed the NYPD over Eric Garner's death.

Dec 21, 2014

Some conservatives are blasting Rev. Sharpton and other liberals who protested Eric Garner's death, saying it led to killing of 2 officers.

Dec 21, 2014

RT @AP Homeless in tent city live on edge of life, outskirts of resurgent downtown Detroit:

Dec 21, 2014

Photos I took today inside the Dharma Gate Zen center in Troy, Michigan, which opened this year.

Dec 21, 2014

In the photos, Rev. Park is wearing gray robe. He oversees the South Korea-based Taego Buddhist Order for U.S. and Europe.

Dec 21, 2014

Jongmae Park, head of U.S. branch of Taego (Korean) Buddhist Order, visited today the new Dharma Zen Gate in Troy, MI

Dec 21, 2014

Rev. Jongmae Ken Park, head of Taego (Korean) Buddhist Order, visited today newly-opened Dharma Zen Gate in Troy, MI

Dec 21, 2014

Abbot teaches a Japanese sword class at a Buddhist center in Detroit suburb of Troy. He was ordained in Sou...

Dec 21, 2014

I'm at a new Zen Buddhist center in Troy, Michigan: Dharma Gate Zen

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