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.


Poll: Many Minnesotans approve of Afghan pullout, not Biden job

Nearly half of voters polled said U.S. military invasion wasn't worth it.


Bloomington family helps newer Afghan arrivals as they build life in U.S.

The Mulakhails believe it's their duty to help those now fleeing the Taliban.


In Minnesota, Afghan woman struggles to help stranded relatives

From Blaine, she imagined how hard it would be for them to start over, having been upper class in Kabul.


L.A., Atlanta wrestle with calls for permanent police reform

More than a year after George Floyd's killing, Los Angeles' commitment to lasting change is being tested.


Winston Smith raised phone, not gun, says woman in car with him

Their claim contradicts that of authorities, who say he was shot after showing a weapon.


Death of Winston Smith puts spotlight on low-profile agency

Amid a national push for police accountability, critics now are questioning the often-secret actions of the U.S. Marshals Service, including why and how it oversaw the operation that resulted in Smith's death in Minneapolis.


'It could have been me,' witnesses to Sunday crash at protest site say

Sunday's episode shocked protesters and gave them a renewed determination to keep pressing for racial justice in policing.


George Floyd's friends seek to build a living legacy in his hometown

In Houston's Third Ward, his presence is everywhere.


Attorneys for woman in Winston Smith's car: She didn't see a gun

Activists demanded that law enforcement be more transparent and be held to account. The BCA reiterated its claim that Smith fired a gun before being killed.


Protesters take fight for police accountability to Uptown

Scrutiny over Winston Smith's killing comes as Uptown reels from a rash of business closures, lootings and crime — and the scars of a mass shooting last summer that killed one and injured 11.