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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

Full-time writer for daily newspaper: Detroit Free Press @Freep. Reports on religion, immigration, equality, Muslims, Arab-Americans.

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

2015 - Localization of National Story
First-Place Excellent in Journalism Award from SPJ-Detroit for stories about how the rise of ISIS affected metro Detroiters.

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."

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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Dearborn mayor: Officer had 'positive relationship' with man he killed — Speaking to Free Press, Dearborn Mayor gives new details about police shootings of two unarmed African-Americans, saying that one of the officers had a "positive relationship" with man he shot dead Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly said that the police officer who shot dead a 36-year-old Detroit man on Christmas Eve had a "positive relationship" with the man, helping him in the past.

DOJ to review Dearborn police's use of force policies — The Department of Justice announced today that is going to review the Dearborn Police Department's use of force policies and help it to increase its number of minority police officers. Speaking at Dearborn Police headquarters, a federal official who's with the Dept.

Feds head to Dearborn after 2 fatal shootings by police — City asks for Justice Department help following citizen concerns raised over fatal shootings by officers After months of hearing pleas for intervention, the U.S. Department of Justice is coming to Dearborn to help the police department handle a growing mistrust of city police officers by African Americans in the wake of two deadly shootings by officers in recent months.

Detroit has highest concentrated poverty rate of 25 largest metro areas — Southeastern Michigan has the highest rate of concentrated poverty among the top 25 metro areas in the U.S. by population, prompting concern from advocates for the poor Two new reports show that the poor in metro Detroit face unique challenges compared to other parts of the U.S., making it more difficult for them to escape poverty.

Jewish holiday of Passover focuses on social justice — From mass incarceration to Syrian refugees to LGBT rights, social justice is a theme at many Passover Seder meals in the Jewish community When Jacob of Smith of Detroit sat down with his family last year in West Bloomfield for the annual Passover dinner known as a Seder, he helped retell the story of how the ancient Jewish people once were enslaved in Egypt.

Attorney: FBI agents posed as Muslim women to entrap man — Khalil Abu-Rayyan was in love. Text messages his attorney recently released show the 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man was thrilled to meet online a woman named Ghadda, whom he planned to marry. "Every time I close my eyes, I see you right by me," he texted to her on Dec. 13.

Mass Mob at Most Holy Redeemer in Detroit welcomes all — The 21st Detroit Mass Mob will be held this Sunday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, whose congregation is more than 80% Latino Over the past two years, Detroit Mass Mobs have energized congregations at historic Catholic churches across the city, helping raise an estimated $280,000 for the churches.

FBI: ISIS threatens Muslim leader in Michigan, others — A prominent Muslim-American religious leader in the Flint-area known for criticizing extremism has been threatened with death by ISIS. FBI tells Free Press it's aware of the threat. ISIS is threatening to kill a moderate Muslim leader in a Flint suburb who's been outspoken for decades against extremism.

New partnership of police and faith groups helps public speak up — Authorities in Detroit and other cities say that when some have information about a crime, they may be reluctant to tell police because of fear or a lack of trust. But they might tell their pastor.

Lawsuit claims 4-year-old, other Muslims unfairly on terrorist watch list — A lawsuit filed last week claims that thousands of Muslim Americans, among them a 4-year old, have been unfairly put on a federal watch list designed to screen potential terrorists. The class-action complaint criticizes the Terrorist Screening Database, a list of about 1.5 million people overseen by the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center.
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Apr 30, 2016

RT @JohnFea1: During the Civil War the American Bible Society distributed Bibles to troops through the United States Christian Commission ##absbookbsbook

Apr 30, 2016

"Latino activists...expect more large protests as Donald Trump moves his presidential campaign into California."…

Apr 30, 2016

RT @Imam_Ali: This world and the next are rivals. When you please one of them you displease the other. Prophet Isa / Jesus (as)

Apr 30, 2016

RT @BrookingsInst: Zimbabwe now requires large foreign companies to sell a majority stake to indigenous Zimbabweans:

Apr 30, 2016

After 2 police shooting deaths, Dearborn Mayor speaks with Free Press about how police deal with the mentally ill…

Apr 30, 2016

"Twenty-five percent or more of people fatally shot by the police have had a mental disorder"…

Apr 30, 2016

RT @davemistich: .@wvumediacollege's #WVUStreamLab event, Todd Petty says West Virginia has 30,000 miles of contaminated rivers.

Apr 30, 2016

"'Why aren't they wounding them? Why kill them if you can avoid it?' They said, well, that's part of the training"…

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