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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: 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

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?

Yes.

What's your favorite social network?

Twitter

Dearborn cleric Jebril answers federal questions

freep.com — A Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS fighters answered questions today about his finances in a deposition, a day after a federal ordered judge ordered him to talk. Ahmad Jebril, 43, who's currently on supervised release after serving 6 1/ 2 years on 42 counts of fraud, answered all the questions, said the U.S.

Judge orders Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS to talk

freep.com — Ahmad Jebril, a Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS fighters from the West, is scheduled to be in court today in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Jebril was to appear as the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit tries to pressure him to answer questions about his finances, concerned that he might be getting money illegally.

U.S.: Who's funding Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS?

freep.com — Federal prosecutors are trying to pressure a Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS fighters from the West to answer questions about his finances, concerned that he might be getting money illegally. The U.S.

U.S.: Who's funding cleric popular with Islamic State?

usatoday.com — DETROIT - Federal prosecutors are trying to pressure a Dearborn cleric popular with Islamic State fighters from the West to answer questions about his finances, concerned that he might be getting money illegally. The U.S.

Bernice Steadman dies; part of NASA's 'Mercury 13' program

freep.com — Bernice Steadman was tough and smart, with superb hand-eye coordination, a woman who always succeeded at whatever she set out to do: pilot, taxi driver, hunter, golfer, clothing store owner, co-founder of a museum. But because of her gender, she was denied a chance to be an astronaut.

Soccer player whose punch killed referee gets 8-15 years in prison

usatoday.com — The Dearborn man who killed a referee during a soccer game last year was sentenced Friday to 8 to 15 years by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cameron Bassel Saad, 36, had struck a plea deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for punching referee John Bieniewicz, 44, during a game last summer in Livonia.

Soccer player whose punch killed referee gets 8-15 years in prison

freep.com — A weekend soccer player whose punch killed a referee is returning to court for his sentence in a case that has inspired Michigan lawmakers to discuss a new class of sports crimes. Bassel Saad pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He's due in court Friday.

Palestinian activist sentenced for U.S. citizenship fraud

usatoday.com — DETROIT - Ending a case that has drawn national attention from both anti-Israel and pro-Israel supporters, a Palestinian activist was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison for not disclosing she had been convicted in a 1969 bombing in Israel that killed two civilians when she was applying for U.S.

Rasmieh Odeh to be sentenced today

freep.com — Prosecutors are asking for a tough sentence of five to seven years to send a strong message that terrorists can't lie about their past in order to gain entrance into the U.S. A Palestinian immigrant is to be sentenced today in Detroit for not disclosing her 1969 conviction in Israel in terror bombings that killed civilians.

Jewish Community Center in Oak Park may close its doors

freep.com — The boards of two Jewish groups vote to close the Jewish Community Center of Oak Park by the end of August, drawing criticism from some local residents. The boards of two Jewish groups have voted to shut down the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park by the end of August, drawing criticism from some who feel the area is being abandoned.
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Mar 27, 2015

White police officer who repeatedly punched head of a black man in a Detroit suburb has long history of police abuse freep.com/story/news/loc…

Mar 27, 2015

@March4Justice15 Is there phone number of a leader I can interview? I left voicemail and sent email on release, but didn't hear back. Thanks

Mar 27, 2015

@March4Justice15 Hi, I was trying to reach someone for an interview by phone for the march. Thanks. nwarikoo@freepress.com 313-223-4792.

Mar 27, 2015

March tomorrow in Detroit calling for racial and economic justice. Organized by local pastors and churches. pic.twitter.com/OovWWVDpy9

Mar 27, 2015

Shias are to hold a rally today in Dearborn at the Karbalaa Islamic Center opposing Saudi Arabia's attacks in Yemen, and calling for peace.

Mar 27, 2015

"76 Mexicans have been killed by U.S. police forces since Jan. 1, 2006." latimes.com/world/mexico-a…

Mar 27, 2015

"U.S. police killings of unarmed Mexican men enrage Latino community" latimes.com/world/mexico-a…

Mar 27, 2015

In 2006, Senator Joe Biden "proposed...that Iraq be divided into three separate regions — Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni" usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washingto…



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