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.


Passenger's lawsuit against officers dismissed in Winston Smith shooting death

The dismissal highlights the challenges of winning cases against members of joint local-federal task forces.


Winston Smith, outraged at police killings of Black men, saw his own death coming

The budding comedian was outraged by the deaths of Black men at the hands of police. He wondered out loud if he would someday shoot it out rather than surrender.


Two years later: 'I'm going to still be out here to honor George'

George Floyd's brother and his aunt came to the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on Wednesday night, exactly two years after his killing, and quietly made official the name the intersection has carried almost ever since.


Second man in meal fraud probe charged for alleged false statement on passport application

Federal prosecutors have charged Abdiaziz Farah, one of the targets of an FBI investigation alleging the misspending of millions of dollars in federal meal funds,…


'We can get some justice': Vows to find killer of 6-year-old Aniya Allen one year later

The loss of Aniya last May shocked Minneapolis – the last in a trio of shootings of children by stray gunfire over several weeks.


Georgia Fort expands independent newsroom to change Minnesota's racial narrative

The veteran broadcast journalist also eyes mentorships and a possible pipeline for journalists of color early in their careers.


Black citizens recount fear, distrust as complaints against Mpls. police go nowhere

Few cases filed with Office of Police Conduct Review lead to discipline.


In communities of color, scathing MPD report is not a surprise

Finally, some say, there is recognition of what they have recognized for decades.


The Taliban stole her dream of an education. In Minnesota, she's getting it back

Her birthday wish this year in America was the same as last year in Afghanistan: to finish school and go to college.


Minnesota man pleads guilty to killing Red Lake tribal officer

Red Lake officer Ryan Bialke was shot and killed in the line of duty last summer.