Reporter | Race and Immigration

Maya Rao covers race and immigration for the Star Tribune.

Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012. She previously covered the federal government for the Star Tribune.

Riot-scarred business owners find sympathetic ear in Trump

Some Twin Cities entrepreneurs of color who suffered losses from the riots after George Floyd's death are wrestling with the political implications of Trump using their stories to blame Democrats for permitting the chaos.

Trump rally highlights tensions over race in Beltrami County

Discussions on race are happening against a backdrop of political divisions in a swing county that backed Obama and Trump.

Trump's 'good genes' comment at Bemidji rally draws backlash

Some heard echoes of language Nazis used to justify their genetic superiority and which led to the killing of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.

Immigrants fight end to temporary legal protections

Those holding Temporary Protected Status could lose their legal standing.

Minority-owned firms seek leading role in rebuilding businesses damaged in riots

Yet obstacles still exist for contractors breaking into a white-dominated field.

Once-bustling downtown Minneapolis is casualty of pandemic, looting

Nearly six months into the pandemic, downtown remains largely empty, with at least 85% of the area's workforce still at home.

Local activists head to Kenosha with lessons to share

Kenosha shooting leads some to Wisconsin, others to Hennepin Government Center

Mayor Frey asks Black community for help after Floyd killing, unrest

Aides pushed for him to have a more visible presence out in the community, and the mayor has vowed to expand his connections.

'They want to talk to somebody': Black therapists try to regroup after riots

Several Black therapists lost offices in riots as their clients needed them most.

With COVID-19 surging, 'cultural broker' seeks to bridge the divide for Karen refugees

Such navigators are hired as trusted members of their communities who understand the cultural complexities that affect public health.