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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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Woman dies in Detroit house fire — A Detroit woman died today after a fire broke out at about 2 p.m. in the 5900 block of Marcus on Detroit's east side, said city officials. Detroit Fire received a call at about 2:14 p.m., saying there were three people in the house. Detroit and Hamtramck fire crews responded, arriving in eight minutes.

U.S. cites ISIS in urging tough sentence for Rasmieh Odeh — Federal prosecutors in Detroit are raising concerns about Islamic State fighters coming to the U.S. in calling for a stiff sentence for Rasmieh Odeh, a former Jackson resident convicted last year of immigration fraud tied to a terrorist attack in Israel.

Hunters bag 14 deer in university deer cull — Sharpshooters killed 14 deer during the first night of a deer cull at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and university spokesman Ken Kettenbeil had one word to describe the Tuesday night hunt: Uneventful. News of the hunt has also elicited limited reaction.

University of Michigan-Dearborn killing about 50 deer — Hunters are swarming tonight across the University of Michigan-Dearborn to kill about 50 deer that officials say are causing public health and safety problems. Under contract with the university, the sharpshooters plan to reduce the deer population from 76 to about 20-25, said university spokesman Ken Kettenbeil.

Dearborn is cracking down on hookah cafés with new restrictions — The City of Dearborn is cracking down on hookah cafés, toughening up licensing requirements with a new ordinance passed this month aimed at limiting the number of smoking lounges. Because of its sizable Arab-American population, Dearborn has become a center for hookah cafés, which are an alternative to bars for hanging out in a city where many observant Muslims don't drink alcohol.

Mormon faith helped George Romney decide to run for governor of Michigan — In 1962, auto executive George Romney had been thinking of running for Michigan governor, but he wasn't quite sure. And so -- in the tradition of his Mormon faith -- he went on a daylong fast to pray over whether it would be the right decision for him.

Family of Detroit Muslim leader files suit challenging official story — The family of a Detroit Muslim leader shot dead by federal agents in Dearborn in 2009 has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was unarmed and never fired at the agents -- as the FBI has said. Filed against the FBI on Friday in U.S.

No hate crime charges in Kroger assault — The FBI has determined that the assault in a Kroger store last week of an Arab-American man is not a hate crime, Dearborn Police said today. A witness said last week that an Arab-American father with his children was attacked by two white men who hurled bigoted insults at him.

Man: I was assaulted at Dearborn Kroger for speaking Arabic — An Arab-American man told police he was assaulted last week at a Kroger in Dearborn by two white men from Taylor who were angered because he was speaking in Arabic, said Dearborn Mayor John O'Reilly Jr.

Metro Detroit | Detroit Free Press | — Speaking to about 400 people in Livonia, President Barack Obama's envoy to the Muslim world said there is a "disturbing rise in anti-Islamic sentiment" that may be caused in part by the poor economy.
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Mar 01, 2015

Farrakhan slams U.S. for taking out Gaddafi, his friend: "Now, Libya is a failed state, and now Al-Qaeda and ISIS are growing in Libya."

Mar 01, 2015

Farrakhan reminisces fondly about growing up in church: "Go & visit the church that you came from. We're not enemies"

Mar 01, 2015

Farrakhan praises Nation of Islam member who recently donated her kidney to a Christian woman to help save her life.

Mar 01, 2015

Farrakhan on ISIS: "These people are sick." He says: "We love our Christian brothers," who are part of our families.

Mar 01, 2015

Farrakhan: "Why are some of the Muslims who are Palestinian in the black community selling pork?" abusing women, selling drugs in stores.

Mar 01, 2015

Farrakhan attacks anti-black racism in mainline Islam: "How many of you been in a masjid and felt racism?"

Mar 01, 2015

Farrakhan: People are upset about ISIS decapitations, but many blacks in US were "decapitated for running away from slavery," burned alive.

Mar 01, 2015

Farrakhan said today: "Why would you join an army to fight for justice and democracy, when you don't have democracy and justice at home?"

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