Writer for daily newspaper: Detroit Free Press @Freep. Reports on religion, equality, poverty. For tips, story ideas, DM or nwarikoo@freepress.com, 313-223-4792

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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Gold Star parents Khizr Khan and wife honored in Dearborn

freep.com — In interview with Free Press, Khizr Khan praises Dearborn as a model city of pluralism that others should follow Visiting Dearborn this week to speak to Arab-Americans, Khizr Khan - the Gold Star father who slammed Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention - said voters should choose American values when deciding this November.

Lawsuit alleges Dearborn Mayor directed officials to harass developer

freep.com — Dearborn Mayor says claims by Dearborn developer are inaccurate A man who was one of Dearborn's most prominent developers is accusing the city of conspiring to harass and drive him out of business, a claim the mayor dismissed as inaccurate. In a federal lawsuit filed this week, developer Hakim Fakhoury alleges that Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly Jr.

Hillary Clinton campaign woos voters at southwest Detroit taco trucks

freep.com — Trying to get the Latino vote, Hillary Clinton's campaign is conducting a voter registration drive Friday at eight taco trucks in southwest Detroit. The move comes two weeks after a Trump supporter warned on MSNBC there will be "taco trucks on every corner" unless Latino immigration is dealt with.

Libertarian Gary Johnson says Detroit has biggest opportunity in U.S.

freep.com — Speaking in Detroit today, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said the city should embrace lower taxes and free markets as he condemned racism. "Detroit has the biggest opportunity in the country if they were to embrace free-market opportunity," Johnson told a packed crowd at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel at a luncheon with the Detroit Economic Club.

Family of Marine recruit: Death wasn't a suicide

stripes.com — DETROIT (Tribune News Service) - The family of a man who died during Marines Corps training is pushing back against claims by military officials that he committed suicide. Raheel Siddiqui, 20, was in basic training with the Marines on Parris Island in South Carolina when he died March 7 after falling 40 feet in a stairwell.

Family of Taylor Marine recruit: Death wasn't a suicide

freep.com — The family of the Taylor man who died during Marines Corps training is pushing back against claims by military officials that he committed suicide. Raheel Siddiqui, 20, was in basic training with the Marines on Parris Island in South Carolina when he died March 7 after falling 40 feet in a stairwell.

Taco truck owners in Detroit serve tasty food and a message to Trump

freep.com — The husband and wife owners of a taco truck in southwest Detroit put in 13-hour days to make a living. When Trump came to Detroit, they hoped to send a message. On a muggy afternoon last week, Nancy Paz stood inside her taco truck in southwest Detroit as a cook stacked tortillas ready to be warmed up for waiting customers.

Catholic Mass Mob coming to Eastpointe church

freep.com — Opened 90 years ago, St. Veronica Catholic Church in Eastpointe has Roman columns made of sandstone with angels on top that look down upon parishioners who enter. It's an architectural detail that still wows visitors, part of a historic church and school that thousands in metro Detroit have ties to.

On eve of sainthood, Mother Teresa inspires Catholics in metro Detroit

freep.com — It's been almost 40 years since Msgr. Patrick Halfpenny saw Mother Teresa when she visited Detroit in 1979 to open a local branch of her religious order of nuns who care for the poor. But Halfpenny still remembers her holy presence.

10 religious groups in Michigan criticize Donald Trump's Detroit visit

freep.com — Faith-based groups and denominations in metro Detroit write letter criticizing Donald Trump's visit to Detroit church, saying he's failing to reach out to their communities Led by the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, several religious groups in metro Detroit that represent a broad cross-section of people in the region are criticizing Donald Trump's planned visit Saturday.
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Sep 30, 2016

RT @nwarikoo: Ted Cruz won Dutch Calvinist territory in Michigan, beating Trump in 6 counties heavy w/Dutch-Americans and evangelicals. #MichiganPrimary

Sep 30, 2016

Trump won the Michigan primary, but he lost in areas in west Michigan around Grand Rapids heavy with conservative Christian Calvinists.

Sep 30, 2016

Islamic school in Michigan sued township in 2012. Last year, Dept. of Justice stepped in to help school, saying township discriminated.

Sep 30, 2016

RT @nwarikoo: AP: In 2003, Ex-Israeli PM Shimon Peres visited Dearborn, Michigan, drawing protests from the city's Arab-Americans… https://t.co/jrR6pZftTF

Sep 30, 2016

RT @anneapplebaum: Yes, Russian investors have bailed out his company. That's why he won't show his tax forms.  https://twitter.com/_haye_/status/781573290460459008 

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