Reporter | Race and Immigration

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.


Twin Cities speakers honor MLK's legacy with call to action

As people across the Minnesota honored King's legacy Monday, local leaders encouraged citizens to continue his push for civil rights nearly 54 years after he was assassinated in Memphis.


Hundreds gather to honor American Indian leader Clyde Bellecourt

As American Indian leader Clyde Bellecourt was dying, Lydia Caros sent him a card expressing how lucky he was to look back on a life…


Afghan interpreter questions cost of war as he works at MOA

Grateful to be in the U.S., Khyber Sakhi is still angered at the Americans' exit from Afghanistan and saddened by the fate of his country.


Afghan interpreter's journey to state: 'I had no other options'

Khyber Sakhi is among nearly 21,000 Afghans whose support for the U.S. mission allowed them to come here on a Special Immigrant Visa, often sharing the trauma of returning veterans but lacking the same support.


Bloomington immigrant family welcomes friends who fled Afghanistan

The Mulakhails, who have lived in the U.S. for three years, host their friends in their small apartment until the new arrivals get on their feet.


For Afghan immigrant in Minnesota, friendship forms with English tutor

Afghan family, volunteer tutor forge friendship through English lessons.


At George Floyd Square, hopes for major change in Minneapolis policing fade with the darkness

Polling numbers heading into Election Day showed a city divided about the future of public safety.


Passenger recounts chaos before Winston Smith was fatally shot

The woman who was with Winston Smith Jr. on the day he was shot and killed by members of a federal law enforcement task force detailed his final chaotic moments in the front seat of a vehicle, according to an interview she gave to investigators.


Winston Smith's family calls for independent investigation

Family members of the man killed by a U.S. Marshals Service task force atop an Uptown Minneapolis parking ramp said the state's investigation was flawed.


Honduran sisters in Rochester allege mistreatment at southern border

Now in Minnesota with mom, they detail being held in cage and kicked.