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."

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

FBI undercover agent's communication with Detroit suspect under wraps

freep.com — An FBI undercover agent's communication with a Detroit man accused of receiving explosives is being kept secret under a court order agreed to by attorneys for both sides.

Khizr and Ghazala Khan to speak in Michigan at Arab-American banquet

stripes.com — DETROIT (Tribune News Service) - The parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq who criticized Donald Trump in an address to the Democratic National Convention are coming to Dearborn next month to speak at an annual banquet for an Arab-American civil rights group.

Gold Star family to speak in Dearborn at Arab-American banquet

freep.com — The parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq who criticized Donald Trump in an address to the Democratic National Convention are coming to Dearborn next month to speak at an annual banquet for an Arab-American civil rights group.

Shining Light: Detroit pastor helps the needy in innovative ways

freep.com — Guided by faith and with memories of the 1967 riots, a Detroit pastor works to help the disadvantaged She was only 8 years old when the Detroit riot struck the city in 1967, but today, the Rev. Faith Fowler still has vivid memories of that tumultuous time.

Jury sides with bank in lawsuit by Arab-American charity in Southfield

freep.com — The case was closely watched by Arab-American advocates and civil rights leaders A federal jury sided today with Bank of America, which was sued by an Arab-American charity in Southfield that had accused it of discriminating against them when it closed the charity's bank accounts.

Closing arguments Tuesday in case of Arab-American charity vs. bank

freep.com — An attorney for Bank of America said Monday that the FBI had contacted it about a Southfield charity whose accounts the bank later closed. Representing Bank of America, attorney Jon Harmon made the remarks Monday in court in trying to explain why Bank of America had moved to investigate Life for Relief and Development, a charity in Southfield led by Arab Americans.

Mass Mob at Assumption Grotto, one of oldest parishes in Detroit

freep.com — Founded in 1830, Assumption Grotto on Detroit's east side is believed to be the second-oldest parish in metro Detroit and one of the few to still offer the old, traditional Latin mass known as Tridentine mass. The conservative church is based in an area that doesn't have too many members and so depends on the faithful across metro Detroit to keep the parish alive.

Bank closures of Arab-Americans at issue in Detroit trial

freep.com — Growing number of bank closures of Arab-Americans has concerned civil rights advocates as a Southfield charity battles Bank of America in court Founded in 1992 by Iraqi-American Muslims, the Southfield-based charity Life for Relief and Development says it has donated more than $300 million in relief aid around the world, especially in Arab- and Muslim-majority countries.

Muslims sue Sterling Heights after city rejected mosque

vvdailypress.com — The leaders of an Islamic center filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Sterling Heights after the city last year rejected their plans to build a mosque that was strongly opposed by many residents.And the U.S.

Muslims sue Sterling Heights after city rejected mosque

freep.com — The leaders of an Islamic center filed a lawsuit today against Sterling Heights after the city rejected last year their plans to build a mosque that was strongly opposed by many residents. In the federal lawsuit, the American Islamic Community Center accuses the city of being biased, citing emails from city officials that talked about investigating the possibility of the mosque's leaders being terrorists.
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Aug 30, 2016

I'm at the Detroit church where Trump will be speaking on Saturday. Tuesday night services taking place now: https://t.co/2p9WBvkXda

Aug 30, 2016

Bishop Jackson of Detroit, who's hosting Trump but votes Democratic, comes across as fair and reasonable:  https://twitter.com/cnntonight/status/770456296919359488 

Aug 30, 2016

Bishop: "I have to commend Trump for coming to the inner-city...last 2 Republican candidates..never came to Detroit"  https://twitter.com/cnntonight/status/770456296919359488 

Aug 30, 2016

Bishop Jackson, who's hosting Trump in Detroit: "I've voted Democrat all my life...This is not a Trump rally"  https://twitter.com/cnntonight/status/770456296919359488 

Aug 30, 2016

RT @nwarikoo: Protests tonight at Macy's store in New York City for Janet Wilson, a Detroit woman shot dead by Dearborn Police:  https://twitter.com/ashagony/status/770422193763278848 

Aug 30, 2016

RT @nwarikoo: Not a single economics adviser who served under a Republican president supports Trump:  https://twitter.com/wsjpolitics/status/770126363500183552 

Aug 30, 2016

The juror to the right of Taylor Swift is like: I have no idea who this celebrity is and don't care to find out. https://t.co/OsPvapt2Md

Aug 30, 2016

From Lincoln to a dude in cargo shorts: the evolution of the GOP: https://t.co/z3ggYtE9je

Aug 30, 2016

"Detroit's reputation as a center of anti-Japanese hostility has spread far beyond the city's borders," said 1983 Detroit Free Press story.


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