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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

Views on provocative Real Catholic TV station anger Detroit archdiocese and others

archive.freep.com — As a Catholic TV station based in Ferndale becomes increasingly popular around the world, church officials are trying to tell the public that the media outlet does not represent Catholicism. In two public statements, the Archdiocese of Detroit has taken the unusual step of publicly criticizing Real Catholic TV, saying "that it does not have the authorization required under church law to identify or promote itself as Catholic."
Jul 31, 2015

2012 profile I wrote of Voris: "the never-married 50-yr-old is consumed by his passion..Working up to 18 hours a day" archive.freep.com/article/201202…

Pentecostals in Detroit for 100th convention

freep.com — Pentecostal Assemblies of the World has a socially conservative message, but elected its first female bishop at its 100th annual convention, being held in Detroit this week Bishop C. Shawn Tyson of Ohio exhorted a packed crowd inside the ballroom of a downtown Detroit hotel to stay true to their Christian beliefs.
Jul 30, 2015

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, in Detroit for 100th annual convention, elects first female bishop. on.freep.com/1I5CHKN #PAWinc100

Jul 31, 2015

"Some of us are not preaching Jesus because we don't want people to be offended," said a bishop at #PAWinc100. on.freep.com/1I5CHKN

Jul 31, 2015

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World in Detroit this week for 100th convention. Click on #PAWinc100 for reports. on.freep.com/1I5CHKN

Boy Scout leader in Michigan who is gay applauds new policy

freep.com — For years, Michael Cleggs of Kalamazoo has been part of the Boy Scouts, either as a member or a leader. It's an organization that the openly gay man says instill good values. But the Boy Scouts once had policies banning gay members and leaders, resulting in him getting removed from a camp about 9 years ago, he recalled.
Jul 28, 2015

Boy Scout leader in Michigan who’s gay applauds new policy allowing gay leaders. Was removed in past for being gay. on.freep.com/1I05qAL

Family of slain imam appeals to high court for answers

usatoday.com — DETROIT - More than five years after the FBI's shooting death of a Muslim leader in Michigan, his family is still trying to find out what happened and get the names of those who shot him during a sting operation, maintaining there was a cover-up by federal authorities.
Jul 27, 2015

Family of slain Detroit imam appeals to high court for answers, alleging the FBI concealed evidence usat.ly/1MRwp2z via @usatoday

Family of Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers

freep.com — More than five years after the FBI's shooting death of a Muslim leader in Dearborn, his family is still trying to find out what happened and the names of those who shot him during a sting operation, maintaining there was a cover-up by federal authorities. This month, the family asked the U.S.
Jul 27, 2015

Family of Detroit Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers, petition Supreme Court. on.freep.com/1MR0yyW

Jul 27, 2015

Family of Muslim leader shot dead by FBI agents in counter-terror raid in Dearborn accuse FBI of concealing evidence. freep.com/story/news/loc…

Jul 27, 2015

Family of Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers on.freep.com/1LNxMkh (by @nwarikoo)

Jul 27, 2015

RT @angshah: Family of Muslim leader killed by FBI in Dearborn seeks answers on.freep.com/1LNxMkh (by @nwarikoo)

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Dearborn delays vote on banning smoking in parks

freep.com — After an intense debate, Dearborn City Council has delayed its vote on whether to ban smoking in all of its parks. The council was ready to vote tonight on the proposal to ban smoking in all of the city's 43 public parks.
Jul 22, 2015

After complaints from some Arab-Americans who say it targeted them, Dearborn delays vote on smoking ban in parks on.freep.com/1MGvvG7

Dominoes fall, maybe not records

freep.com — World records were unofficially set Saturday in Detroit at the Michigan Science Center, as the world's largest chain machine toppled about 200,000 dominoes. The Guinness Book of World Records hasn't yet certified it officially, but organizers say they successfully created the largest Rube Goldberg machine, which refers to machines that usually involve a large number of chain reactions, such as toppling dominoes.

Commerce Township woman with ties to European royalty dies at 84

freep.com — Jerrine Habsburg-Lothringen, a Commerce Township painter who had ties to European royalty through her husband, died on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at her home of complications from cancer. She was 84. A longtime resident of Farmington Hills, Mrs. Habsburg-Lothringen painted portraits and landscapes, teaching painting classes at Oakland Community College, Visual Arts Association of Livonia and the Bloomfield Birmingham Art Association.
Jul 18, 2015

European #royalty lived in #Michigan suburb, including great great grandson of Queen Victoria. Who knew? #royals freep.com/story/news/obi…

Thousands expected for chariot, Indian festival in Novi

freep.com — Thousands are expected to walk through the streets of Novi on Sunday for an annual festival that has grown since it started at Belle Isle in the 1980s. The 30th annual Festival of Chariots - called the Michigan Rathyatra - features the pulling of a 40-foot-tall colorful chariot that contains a statue of a smiling Krishna, seen to followers as Lord.
Jul 18, 2015

The 30th annual procession for Krishna in metro Detroit organized by ISKCON to be held in Novi on Sunday. on.freep.com/1Mz6lZX #RathYatra

30,000 Lutherans blanket Detroit to volunteer, worship

usatoday.com — DETROIT - As the sun beat down at Spirit of Hope Church in Detroit, Jeremy Smith, 16, sliced through a long tree branch in an alleyway near the house of worship. He was helping clear brush on Thursday, one of about 30,000 people in Detroit this week for a youth gathering of the biggest Lutheran group in the U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Jul 17, 2015

The head of largest Lutheran group in the U.S., Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, to address Lutheran youth Sunday in Detroit. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

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Aug 01, 2015

Donald Trump has a history of racially-charged remarks, including ads labeling a Native American tribe as criminals. nytimes.com/2015/08/01/nyr…

Aug 01, 2015

Family of Muslim imam killed by FBI in Dearborn says FBI made "concerted effort to manipulate & conceal the evidence" freep.com/story/news/loc…

Aug 01, 2015

As its price dropped, heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. jumped from 2,088 in 2006 to 8,257 in 2013. washingtonpost.com/sf/national/20…

Aug 01, 2015

.@CharniceMilton covered neighborhoods in Washington D.C. Her shooter was targeting someone else when she was struck washingtonpost.com/local/crime/wo…

Aug 01, 2015

In May, @CharniceMilton, 27, a journalist in Washington D.C., was shot dead on way home after reporting on a meeting washingtonpost.com/local/crime/wo…

Aug 01, 2015

RT @MrChuckD: We got more coverage from the news MEDIA than we got from Urban Media … pic.twitter.com/lBBiebWXJj

Aug 01, 2015

New York man charged this week with supporting ISIS was arrested in 2013 "for threatening to behead his daughter." wgrz.com/story/news/201…

Aug 01, 2015

"Arafat Nagi, 42, of Lackawanna, New York, was charged with attempting to provide" military equipment to ISIS. reut.rs/1LY81zf

Aug 01, 2015

RT @MrChuckD: Well almost.Lineup BEFORE Prophets Of Rage was created. I wrote it on the BQE in traffic to a discarded BombSquad trk pic.twitter.com/7oOx3Y2pTV

Aug 01, 2015

In U.S., "Muslim women fight for right to wear Islamic headscarf" at police stations after arrests, and stores. on.freep.com/1LUqrO4



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