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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:

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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Yemeni-Americans stuck in Yemen say U.S. failing to help them — Trapped in Yemen, metro Detroiters ask U.S. government for help, saying the failure to evacuate them is the latest example of the U.S. government discriminating against Yemeni-Americans Two months ago, the Mussed sisters of Dearborn and their mother traveled to Yemen for the wedding of a cousin.

Ex-Anglican leader: Christianity vital for democracy, rights — Visiting Detroit, a former head of the biggest Protestant group in the world, the Anglican Communion, says that human rights and democracy comes out of Christianity One of the world's most prominent Protestant leaders is in Detroit this week, preaching that Christianity is vital for democracy, human rights and fulfilling the human soul.

Tech start-up CEO Rachel Jacobs among Amtrak crash victims — Rachel Jacobs, the CEO of a tech education start-up in Philadelphia, was confirmed dead Wednesday evening after an Amtrak train derailment the previous day killed at least seven passengers and injured another 200. Jacobs, who led ApprenNet, is survived by a husband and 2-year-old son.

Metro Detroit native Rachel Jacobs missing after Amtrak crash — A native of metro Detroit is missing after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia, her mother said today. Gilda Jacobs, CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, said that her daughter Rachel Jacobs was on the train that crashed, killing seven people. It's unclear whether Rachel Jacobs survived the accident.

Muslim call to prayer in 50 states ends in Rochester Hills — From a beach in Hawaii to a mosque in Alaska to Disneyland in California, Jameel Syed of Farmington Hills recited the Muslim call to prayer in 50 states over the past month.

Christian ministry's power shut off by DTE for not paying bills — DTE shuts off power to a Christian ministry in Detroit that owes $16,000. House of Help said it was unable to pay the $9,000 to keep its electricity on. DTE Energy has shut off the electricity to a Christian ministry on Detroit's northwest side that serves thousands of people in neighborhoods, concerning nearby residents and supporters of the center.

Ex-Detroit activist, 75, and her sister slain in Ghana — Inspired by the social movements at the time, Jeannette Salters of Detroit got involved in the early 1970s with African-American and feminist causes, helping lead a black women's group. That led her to discover her roots in west Africa, where she eventually settled in Ghana, changing her name to Mamelena Diop.

Woman sues over Milford hayride accident — When Cynthia Cialone and her friends decided to go for a hayride at camp in Milford in fall 2013, they expected a fun romp through the fields owned by the City of Dearborn.

Detroit residents voice concern about police abuse — At an emotional meeting Wednesday night in a church on Detroit's west side, some residents blasted city and federal law enforcement over the Monday shooting death of a 20-year-old by a federal agent, asking for a transparent investigation.
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"2005 to 2009, Latino household wealth fell 66%, compared with 53% for African American & 16% for white households"…

May 18, 2015

Mexico's foreign minister is visiting Lebanon: "Mexico is home to close to half a million people of Lebanese origin"…

May 18, 2015

Lecture tonight in Detroit by Rev. Cook, former religion writer for Detroit Free Press, on Niebuhr's time in Detroit:

May 18, 2015

RT @guardian: Creeping censorship in Hong Kong: how China controls sale of sensitive books

May 18, 2015

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners as beheading rate soars

May 18, 2015

The 20th anniversary of the Million Man March - organized by Detroit-founded Nation of Islam - will be marked Oct. 10

May 18, 2015

RT @ShaunKing: Some of the text messages sent between San Francisco Police Officers - including THEIR CAPTAIN of 25 years.

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