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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

'Unleash the Gospel' says Archbishop on Ash Wednesday

freep.com — On Ash Wednesday, the religious leader of metro Detroit's 1.3 million Catholics announced a new effort to spread the Gospel to help reverse decades of decline in the Catholic Church in Michigan and to help in the revitalization of Detroit.
Feb 10, 2016

"Unleash the Gospel," says Archbishop on #AshWednesday, announcing new effort to reverse decline of Catholic Church on.freep.com/1TdsMug

Feb 10, 2016

Detroit Catholic bishop: Spreading the gospel is not just for "Africa or New Guinea..it's here too" in metro Detroit on.freep.com/1TdsMug

Feb 10, 2016

In metro Detroit, "the number of registered Catholics has declined from 963,904 in 2000 to 754,304 in 2013" on.freep.com/1TdsMug

Hearing next week for man accused of planning ISIS attacks

freep.com — The detention hearing for a Dearborn Heights man accused of planning an ISIS attack on a Detroit church with 6,000 members has been rescheduled until Tuesday. Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, was unable to get a private attorney from Buffalo, New York, as previously planned and will now get appointed a public defender, said a spokeswoman for the U.S.
Feb 10, 2016

Hearing rescheduled for Tuesday for man accused of planning ISIS attacks on police & 6,000-member church in Detroit on.freep.com/1XjmlF7

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…

Feb 08, 2016

FBI moved to arrest a Deabrorn Hts man who supported ISIS after he talked on Jan. 22 about killing a police officer: freep.com/story/news/loc…

Feb 08, 2016

FBI said today it had under 24/7 surveillance the man accused of threatening ISIS attack on Detroit church & police: freep.com/story/news/loc…

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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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Feb 12, 2016

.@HillaryClinton really does seem to like Henry Kissinger and seek his approval. She seems so happy to be with him: pic.twitter.com/nEzXgbFTpR

Feb 12, 2016

"Ivy League’s favorite war criminal: Why the atrocities of...Kissinger should be mandatory reading." salon.com/2015/04/17/the… By @omeraziz12

Feb 12, 2016

Pres. Nixon to Kissinger: "I’m getting tired of..these Africans eat a hundred thousand people & do nothing about it" 2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/frus/n…

Feb 12, 2016

In 1972 conversation on Africa, Nixon told Kissinger: "Screw State! (Dept) State's always on the side of the blacks" 2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/frus/n…

Feb 12, 2016

"Indefensible Kissinger. As more details come to light, the darker his deeds seem," says Princeton Prof. @Gary__Bass politico.com/magazine/story…

Feb 12, 2016

Kissinger put pressure for "legal settlement that let...Union Carbide off the hook for the 25,000 people killed" m.heraldscotland.com/news/13192711.…

Feb 12, 2016

As Sec of State "Kissinger helped build the pesticide plant that showered Bhopal with poisonous gas," killing 25,000 m.heraldscotland.com/news/13192711.…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @AFP: #BREAKING: AFP EXCLUSIVE: Syria's Assad vows to retake whole country, warns could 'take long time'


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