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Detroit, Michigan
Religion Reporter — Detroit Free Press
As seen in:  USA Today, 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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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?

Aug 29, 2014

Thousands expected at Muslim conference in downtown Detroit this weekend. President Jimmy Carter among speakers.

Aug 27, 2014

"Bishop Gibson" is currently trending on Twitter across the U.S. It refers to a pastor on the reality-TV show @PreachersofLA, airing now.

Aug 27, 2014

RT @markknoller: "Rooting out a cancer like ISIL wont be easy and won’t be quick," says Pres Obama. Says ISIL's "hateful vision" is no match for US.

Aug 27, 2014

Tensions with some Christian missionaries since 2010 drove up insurance costs, prompting the canceling of the annual Arab Fest last year.

Aug 27, 2014

Carrying pig head, the Bible Believers made anti-Islam remarks, prompting some to attack them

Aug 27, 2014

Court sides w/police over Christian group with pig's head chased out of Arab Fest in Dearborn

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