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Jaweed Kaleem
Jaweed is the National Race and Justice Correspondent at the Los Angeles Times, where he writes about the ways in which race and ethnicity shape our evolving understanding of what it means to be American.

From 2011 to 2016, Jaweed was the Senior Religion Reporter at The Huffington Post, where he focused on how religious views and practices intersect with and influence the cultural, demographic and political shifts taking place in the American and global religious landscapes. He has written extensively on the Roman Catholic church, evangelical Christians, Mormonism and Muslim Americans. His reporting has taken him from Jakarta to Karachi with stops in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Birmingham, Alabama.

In 2015, the New York Press Club awarded Jaweed its first-place prize in online feature writing for his reporting on the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. The American Academy of Religion has recognized Jaweed's reporting on "Death in America" and his "Faith Shift" series on the changing faces of American religion among its top citations in religion reporting. Both series were also recognized by the Religion Newswriters Association and the Religion Communicators Council. In 2014, the Society for Features Journalism and the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored Jaweed for his reporting on death and American funeral traditions.

Jaweed was a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in 2014, during which reported on Islam in Indonesia. In 2013, he was a Henry Luce Fellow in Global Religion at the International Center for Journalists.

From 2007 to 2011, Jaweed was a religion and general assignment reporter for The Miami Herald. As a Herald reporter, he was part of a breaking news team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

Follow him on Twitter @jaweedkaleem.

Entries by Jaweed Kaleem

Mormon Church Officials Condemn Oregon Anti-Government Occupation

(7) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 2:41 PM

Mormon church officials are distancing themselves from the anti-government militia that has taken over a building at a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon, whose members include Mormons that have claimed divine inspiration for their actions.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders said in a

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Muslims Use New Year's Eve In Times Square To Stand Against Extremism

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 1:38 PM

On Thursday afternoon, Salaam Bhatti was near New York’s Times Square, as thousands of Americans who had come from across the world prepared for the iconic New Year’s Eve ball-drop celebration. But Bhatti, a 29-year-old Muslim from Queens who works as an estate planning attorney, wasn’t...

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This Tumblr Of Loved Ones’ Final Texts Reveals The Beauty Of Ordinary Lives

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Everyone's heard stories of people whose lives end on extraordinary notes: The adventurous senior who goes skydiving to check it off her bucket list. The multiple-cancer survivor with an optimism and thirst for life in the face of adversity. The mother...

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24,000 Sign Letter Of 'Radical Love' In Support Of American Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2015 | 8:16 AM

More than 24,000 people have signed a letter of support for America's Muslim communities, promising to build a "circle of protection" to defend them from hate and violence.

The "radical love letter," which includes 7,000 signatures from clergy members, was hand-delivered on Thursday...

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How The Grieving Are Turning To New Traditions For The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Two weeks ahead of Christmas, Rebecca Riffkin welcomed a motley group of 20-somethings and 30-somethings to her southeast Washington, D.C., apartment for a holiday dinner with a seemingly un-holiday theme.

The eight guests sat for two hours over a hodgepodge meal that...

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Religious Leaders Stand Up For Peace Amid Anti-Muslim Attacks

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 4:11 PM

Amid a spike in anti-Muslim assaults, vandalism and death threats around the country since the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino and growing sentiment against the resettlement of Muslim refugees, congregations of all faiths have scrambled to think of ways to curb the...

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You Can Now Customize Your Loved One's Urn With A 3D Printer

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 7:48 PM

Felipe Herrera decided long ago that he wanted his body to be cremated after he died. His family found a creative way to follow through with his wishes.

Before the 95-year-old former NASA engineer took his last breath this month, his daughter Yvette Wilson gathered with her...

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These People Are Fighting Anti-Muslim Hate After San Bernardino

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Following last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which was carried out by Muslims who FBI officials say were Islamic State supporters, American mosques and Muslims have been hit with threats and attacks.

That includes a severed pig’s head being discovered in front of...

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How Mass Shootings Are Changing Americans' Views Of Mortality

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 5:37 PM

A few days ago, while driving to a movie near his Fort Worth, Texas, neighborhood, Patrick O’Malley suddenly feared for his life.

“This could be risky,” O’Malley remembers telling his wife, thinking of the possibility of dying in a sudden, random mass shooting during the...

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Chaplains, Counselors, Pastors Rush To Help In San Bernardino

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 5:40 PM

A day after a shooting during a holiday party at a social services center in San Bernardino, California, left 14 people dead and 21 injured, communities in Southern California and around the country are coming together to offer support, counseling and comfort to those affected.


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Is Happiness Really All That You Need?

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 6:10 PM

At New Mexico State University, philosophy professor Mark Walker has spent three years pushing juniors and seniors to ask two seemingly straightforward yet complicated questions: What is happiness, and should they chase it?

The questions are part of a course Walker teaches called "Should We Want To...

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Muslims Are On Alert For Misplaced Retaliation After Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 6:52 PM

LOS ANGELES -- At the Islamic Center of Southern California, a historic mosque near downtown LA...

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Franklin & Marshall College Students Explore 'The Examined Life'

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:27 PM

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” So goes the famous declaration attributed to Socrates.

Over the last year at Franklin & Marshall, a liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, associate philosophy professor Lee Franklin has asked students to tackle the question that naturally follows.

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French Come Together To Support Muslims After Attacks

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 12:59 PM

As the Islamic State cheers and takes credit for one of the most deadly terrorist attacks...

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Deadly Paris Attacks Come Amid Rising Religious Tension In France

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 5:37 PM

The terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night, which left at least 129 people dead and which the...

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Why Students At Berklee College Of Music Are Asking, 'What Is Being?'

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 3:09 PM

Berklee College of Music, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, is one of the world’s largest schools for aspiring singers, producers, songwriters, music therapists and film scorers. Each of its roughly 4,500 students, in one way or another, focuses on the idea of performance -- 

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God And The Good Life? Kentucky Students Explore Big Questions

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:24 PM

At Eastern Kentucky University, philosophy professor Mike Austin has spent his career exploring, as he puts it, the “quest for life.” In his classes, and books whose titles include Being Good and Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind

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This App Will Help You Sort Through Your Views On Dying

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 2:41 PM

There are apps for nearly everything -- ordering food, catching rides and finding dates, to name just a few of the common tasks people accomplish via a swipe of a screen. Now, a Boston-based company wants to make thinking about and planning for death just as...

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Why All College Students Should Be Asking The Big Questions

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:43 PM

Over the last two years, Evgenia Cherkasova, an associate professor of philosophy at Boston's Suffolk University, has taught the university’s first course focused entirely on exploring the meaning of life.

Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part...

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On Day Of The Dead, A Celebration Of Life To Remember The Deceased

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 12:47 PM

Every day this week, Dulce Porras-Goldstein has gathered her four children in the kitchen of her home in La Grange, Illinois, for what’s become an annual tradition in their Mexican-American family.

Piece by piece, the family cuts colorful paper squares into snowflake-like...

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