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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

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."

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A reporter for the daily newspaper at my college, the Columbia Daily Spectator.

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Escaping ISIL: Iraqi Christians find refuge in Michigan

usatoday.com — WARREN, Mich. - On the road fleeing their hometown in Iraq, the Ilotte family was packed tight in a black sedan as ISIL forces advanced behind them. "They're going to kill us, they're going to get us," 4-year-old Frans Ilotte cried in the backseat. "No, we'll protect you.

Amid political anxiety, more immigrants seek to become U.S. citizens

freep.com — For years, Florencio Jurado of Melvindale had thought about becoming a U.S. citizen. After listening to the campaign rhetoric this election season about immigrants and Mexicans, he decided this year was the time. In July, he and his family all became citizens - part of a big spike this year in immigrants applying to be naturalized citizens to ensure their rights and also to vote.

Use of informants in Muslim-American communities sparks concern

freep.com — He was a 21-year-old man working long hours at his dad's pizzeria in Detroit, desperate for love after the sudden breakup with a woman he wanted to marry. "Being lonely hurts," Khalil Abu-Rayyan texted in December. By early February, the Dearborn Heights man wanted to kill himself.

Mass Mob heads to St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church

freep.com — Open to the public, the next monthly Detroit Mass Mob will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, 10400 Stoepel, Detroit. Following the mass, there will be a reception with coffee and doughnuts. The Detroit Mass Mobs are held at historic Catholic churches in Detroit.

Dearborn Police Chief: Use of force incidents by police are down

freep.com — Addressing the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners Thursday night, Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad said he wants to work with Detroit in helping fight crime while protecting constitutional rights, noting that use-of-force incidents by Dearborn police have declined sharply in recent years.

Shia Muslims march in Dearborn for their faith and justice

freep.com — Pumping their clenched fists, the crowd in a Dearborn park chanted Sunday in support of the grandson of Islam's prophet, Imam Hussain: "Labayka ya Hussain," they declared in Arabic, which means "We're with you, oh Hussain."

Pardon mass asks God to forgive sins of Catholic Church

wzzm13.com — In a unique religious service today, the Catholic Church in metro Detroit is seeking to atone for sins it says it has committed over the years - racism, neglecting the poor, abuse of children by clergy and not spreading the faith.

Pardon mass asks God to forgive sins of Catholic Church

freep.com — In a unique religious service today, the Catholic Church in metro Detroit is seeking to atone for sins it says it has committed over the years - racism, neglecting the poor, abuse of children by clergy and not spreading the faith.

Local Jewish group using social media to #Reflect4Rosh

freep.com — Reflect4Rosh hashtag is being used to offer thoughts on the meaning of the Jewish holidays, which start Sunday at sundown For Audrey Bloomberg of Farmington Hills, the Jewish New Year and high holy days are a time of reflection and family traditions. "This is my spiritual checkup time of the year," said Bloomberg, 32.

Area Middle Eastern leaders got face-time with Trump in Novi

freep.com — A group of area Middle Eastern leaders -- including a Shia Muslim leader who left Hizballah -- met and spoke with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before his rally in Novi on Friday. About 15 community leaders, mostly of Iraqi and Lebanese descent, had one-on-one sessions with Trump to discuss issues important to them and their communities.
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Oct 25, 2016

Largest immigrant groups in Michigan: Mexico: 80k India: 65k Iraq: 58k China: 44k Canada: 33k  http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/10/number_of_immigrants_up_11_in.html 

Oct 25, 2016

RT @chrstianhistory: #onthisday in 1648 the Peace of Westphalia ends central Europe's 30 Years War, extending equal political rights to Catholics and Protestants

Oct 25, 2016

"The job juggle is real. Many Americans are balancing two, even three gigs"  http://usat.ly/2elcaPy 

Oct 25, 2016

RT @HistoryLivesDet: .@freep 100 yrs ago today: After mtg w/ U.S. Prez Wilson, Henry @Ford will pay women & men on an "equal basis."…

Oct 25, 2016

Disparities were more pronounced when looking just at young men. Middle Eastern men btwn ages of 16 to 24 were 12X more likely to be stopped

Oct 25, 2016

Report: In Ottawa, Canada, Middle Eastern motorists are stopped by police at highest rate. Blacks are second highest https://t.co/jE52O7CiOW https://t.co/1XqvrBkc2V

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