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Religion Reporter — Detroit Free Press
Covers:  religion, immigration, occupy, civil rights, michigan, arab-americans, minority groups, counterterrorism, metro detroit

Writer for daily newspaper: Detroit Free Press @Freep. Reports on religion, equality, poverty. For tips, story ideas, DM or, 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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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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Detroit churches to host iconic Our Lady of Fatima statue — A well-known religious statue is visiting Michigan as part of a U.S. tour that runs through late 2017. The tour of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima started this year and includes more than 100 dioceses, including the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit starting Sunday.

Pastor Joel Osteen to speak at Comerica Park for 'America's Night of Hope' — Pastor Joel Osteen speaking Saturday night at Comerica Park With his cheerful demeanor and bright smile, Pastor Joel Osteen of Texas draws millions to his positive message of faith and optimism. And now, Osteen is coming to Detroit for his annual "America's Night of Hope" stadium event at Comerica Park Saturday night, expected to draw thousands.

7-year-old Detroit girl shot and killed by police — DETROIT - Squatting on the stoop outside his Detroit home Sunday afternoon, the father of the 7-year-old girl killed earlier that day gazed at photos of his only daughter at her sixth birthday party. "She had a lively, free spirit," Charles Jones murmured. He then bent over, burying his face in his hands as he wept.

Black group alleges members arrested and assaulted by Detroit Police — New Era Detroit claims they've been targeted by police; Detroit Mayor offers to meet with them Members of a new African-American group are accusing Detroit Police officers of assaulting and arresting five of them after a dispute between police and one of the group's members while he was doing a private anti-crime patrol on Detroit's west side.

Catholic Mass Mob comes to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit — For almost 100 years, Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit has educated priests that have served in dioceses across the U.S. Owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit, it currently has 113 men preparing to be priests and an additional 357 lay students.

Hundreds rally for Black Lives in downtown Detroit's Campus Martius — Hundreds rallied Friday evening at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit to express support for black lives, speaking out against police abuse but also against crime and shortcomings within their communities. "We do matter," said Gerald Thomas, of Detroit, holding a sign that read "Black Lives Matter" on one side and "We Must Stop Killing Each Other" on the other side.

Community leaders in Detroit call for peace and justice — Community leaders and residents in Detroit called today for peace and police reform in the wake of the killings of five police officers in Dallas after two high-profile police shooting deaths of African-American men this week . Unless changes are made, some leaders cautioned, more violence could erupt.

Dearborn Mayor: No special treatment for my son's drunken driving — Dearborn Mayor says there will be an independent review of how the city handles drunk driving cases Dearborn's mayor said Friday he wants to have an independent review of how police deal with drunken drivers amid accusations his son, Devon O'Reilly, got special treatment while being arrested for drunken driving in April.

Catholic clergy show support for priest convicted of embezzlement — Priest convicted of embezzling thousands of dollars is to be resentenced July 19 Catholic clergy and others showed their support today for a priest who faces a resentencing later this month on a conviction of embezzlement involving a Michigan inmate prosecutors say the Rev. Timothy Kane had sex with while the priest was a prison chaplain.

Investigation into the death of a Muslim Marine from Michigan widens — The U.S. Marine Corps has widened its investigation of the boot camp death of a 20-year-old recruit from metro Detroit, admitting this week in a statement that a drill instructor already under investigation for improper behavior was wrongly placed in charge of recruits.
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Jul 23, 2016

RT @shomaristone: Man With Autism was handcuffed & detained for 4 hrs in cop car. 'Traumatized' By Cop Shooting: #ArnaldoRios Lawyer https…

Jul 23, 2016

Farrakhan reiterates the Nation of Islam's goal of having a separate nation for African-Americans: 

Jul 23, 2016

RT @cnnbrk: Mother of U.S. ambassador killed in 2012 Benghazi attacks asks that Trump, GOP stop invoking son's death. 

Jul 23, 2016

Pastor Joel Osteen: "Get into a good Bible-based church" and don't have negative friends  #nightofhope

Jul 23, 2016

Osteen talking on Mike Ilitch's personal story of overcoming hardship: "Your story is not over. God is not finished with you." #nightofhope

Jul 23, 2016

Victoria Osteen: "We believe in Detroit. We love Detroit...your best days are ahead of you."  #nightofhope

Jul 23, 2016

Pastor Osteen now asking for people to sponsor a needy child through @WorldVision, a Christian charity  #nightofhope

Jul 23, 2016

1967 Detroit riots started on this day over police abuse at bar: "Blind-Pig Raid Was Spark" -- Free Press headline

Jul 23, 2016

"We have enough people pushing us down. Why don't you push somebody up," says Pastor Joel Osteen to crowd in Detroit for #NightOfHope.

Jul 23, 2016

Watch live right now Pastor Joel Osteen's "America's Night of Hope" at Comerica Park in Detroit 

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