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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

Michigan imam meets with ex-Marine in Iran prison

usatoday.com — DETROIT - A Muslim leader in Dearborn Heights said he recently met in prison in Iran with Amir Hekmati, the U.S. Marine veteran from Flint held captive in Iran for four years, suggesting that he could be released soon. Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi said he spent almost an hour on Aug.
Sep 02, 2015

RT @neccia1: If confirmed interesting. Michigan imam meets with ex-Marine in Iran prison usat.ly/1EAR0ZV via @usatoday

Imam Elahi of Dearborn Heights mosque meets Flint man jailed in Iran

freep.com — Shia Muslim leader in Dearborn Heights met with imprisoned Flint man in Tehran, saying he might be released soon A Muslim leader in Dearborn Heights said he recently met in prison in Iran with Amir Hekmati, the U.S. Marine veteran from Flint held captive in Iran for four years, suggesting that he could be released soon.
Aug 31, 2015

Imam Elahi of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, meets ex-Marine Amir Hekmati in Iran prison, speak for about 1 hour. on.freep.com/1EwUJrp

Sep 01, 2015

Michigan Imam says he met with Marine vet Amir Hekmati in Tehran prison Aug. 25, found him in good spirits.on.freep.com/1EwUJrp via @freep

JCC fires 3 over mishandling of camp sex abuse case

freep.com — Ex-camp aide Matthew Kuppe is due back in court today on abuse charges The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit fired three employees on Wednesday over their mishandling of allegations of sexual abuse by a counselor of kids at a day camp, according to two separate sources.

Donor saves Jewish Community Center in Oak Park

freep.com — An anonymous donor is giving millions of dollars to save the Jewish Community Center's building in Oak Park, said community leaders. The move has drawn applause from some residents who were outraged that the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit announced plans earlier this year to close the aging center.
Aug 25, 2015

Anonymous donor pledges millions of dollars to save Jewish Community Center's building in Oak Park, Michigan. on.freep.com/1EiOvvf

Aug 26, 2015

RT @ronirwinstone: This is great for the Detroit Jewish community! Donor saves Jewish Community Center in Oak Park on.freep.com/1EiOvvf via @freep

Leaders condemn racist flyers in Southfield election

freep.com — Community and city leaders are strongly condemning a racist flyer against blacks that was circulated in Southfield tied to an upcoming mayoral election, with some suggesting that it may have more to do with political dirty tricks than a racist group.
Aug 25, 2015

Racist flyers appear in Detroit suburb that's 71% black. Unclear if it's from racist group or dirty political tricks. on.freep.com/1EiI2Ak

African-American Detroit pastors traveling to Israel

freep.com — Leaders with the largest African-American Christian group, Church of God in Christ (COGIC), are on a week-long trip to Israel Several Christian leaders from metro Detroit with the largest African-American religious group left for Israel on Monday on a trip to solidify their ties with the Jewish nation and its people.
Aug 24, 2015

Senior leaders, including 9 from Detroit, with largest African-American religious group, COGIC, left today for Israel freep.com/story/news/loc…

Aug 24, 2015

24 activists & 6 groups in Detroit are part of 1,000 black activists who signed letter calling for boycott of Israel. freep.com/story/news/loc…

Concentrated poverty spikes in metro Detroit

freep.com — The huge increase in concentrations of poverty among minorities has concerned civic leaders who say it has the potential to lead to unrest as seen in Ferguson and Baltimore Concentrated poverty has exploded in metro Detroit over the past 15 years, especially among minority groups, according to a new report.
Aug 23, 2015

Rate of concentrated poverty in Wayne County among blacks jumped from 18% in 2000 to 58% today,2nd highest rate in US freep.com/story/news/loc…

Aug 23, 2015

Concentrated poverty, especially among minorities, moving to Detroit's suburbs, such as south Warren & east Dearborn freep.com/story/news/loc…

Aug 23, 2015

Half of Wayne County's poorest residents live in areas of high concentrated poverty, 2nd highest rate in the U.S. freep.com/story/news/loc…

Aug 23, 2015

One Census tract in east Dearborn now has a poverty rate of between 60 to 80 percent as concentrated poverty expands freep.com/story/news/loc…

Aug 23, 2015

RT @MGuzman_Detroit: Half of Wayne County's poorest residents live in areas of high concentrated poverty, 2nd highest rate in the U.S. freep.com/story/news/loc…

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Birth control ruling upsets Michigan Catholic leaders

freep.com — Catholic leaders in Michigan criticized a federal court ruling today that ruled against them and affirmed the contraception mandate for employers in Obamacare. A three-judge panel ruled against nine Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee, including the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Catholic diocese of Kalamazoo, who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services.
Aug 21, 2015

Contraception mandate ruling today by federal appeals court disappoints Michigan Catholic leaders, who had filed suit on.freep.com/1JbbPtu

Iraqi-Americans rally against Iraqi government's corruption

freep.com — About 100 Iraqi Americans demonstrated in Southfield Friday against corruption and religious division in Iraq's government. Outside the Iraqi Consulate General in Detroit, located in Southfield, they held up signs that read "Long live Iraqi people" and "No to sectarian parties in Iraq," voicing concern about Iraq's problems, said organizers.
Aug 14, 2015

Iraqi-Americans protested today against Iraqi government corruption outside Iraqi Consulate in Southfield, Michigan. on.freep.com/1Nvzrd2

I have a family member who is gay, but gay sex is unnatural

freep.com — At a national conference in Plymouth, Catholic leaders spoke out Wednesday against same-gender sexual relations, claiming it's harmful and unnatural, but added that the Catholic Church must reach out to those with same-sex attractions. At the conference, a popular Catholic priest in metro Detroit, the Rev.
Aug 14, 2015

At conference, a popular Catholic priest in metro Detroit talks about a family member who is gay and has a partner on.freep.com/1NsORPm

Aug 14, 2015

Popular Catholic priest in Detroit: I tell junior-high kids that gay sex is like bagel in ear on.freep.com/1NsORPm pic.twitter.com/0yULRkXM1E

Aug 15, 2015

"the official teachings of the Catholic Church...rejects labels such as heterosexual and homosexual." on.freep.com/1NsORPm

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Sep 01, 2015

RT @AP: The Latest on Jewish shootings: White supremacist convicted of killing 3 people at Kansas Jewish sites apne.ws/1JHzxuz

Sep 01, 2015

Hillary Clinton adviser Sid Blumenthal tells her: "AIPAC...does not have a monopoly over American Jewish opinion" twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/st…

Sep 01, 2015

RT @Dukakis2016: We're gonna get Mike in this race - and we're gonna win this thing #Dukakis2016 dukakis2016.com stay tuned for detailed policy papers

Sep 01, 2015

People in India hardly drink alcohol compared to other big countries. twitter.com/conradhackett/…

Sep 01, 2015

RT @TheRealYoG: "We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population." - MLK

Sep 01, 2015

RT @nippon_en: From the festival held in Niigata this past weekend, more "wara art" rice straw sculptures via @amymauscd: pic.twitter.com/gQeCqaBG83

Sep 01, 2015

RT @OnIslam: Khalid asks is it OK to trust a non-Muslim doctor if he advises not to stand praying or fast? buff.ly/1NSh9W2 pic.twitter.com/IgW8d6CNlm


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