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.


One Minnesota interpreter's tumultuous year: Facing a tsunami of need after Afghan evacuation

Roman Khan settled in Minnesota years ago after serving the U.S. military as an interpreter. Now he helps evacuees start over here, while trying to get his family out of Afghanistan.


Efforts underway in Minnesota to raise money to help Pakistani flood victims

Local organizers are encouraging donations to Helping Hand for Relief and Development, Islamic Relief USA and the Pakistan-based Edhi Foundation.


Still awaiting citizenship, Minnesota's frustrated 'Dreamers' push forward

Ten years after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program began, residents are mentally exhausted by uncertainty.


Minnesota barbers, hairstylists get training to support clients' mental health needs

The Confess Project held a training session on Monday in Minneapolis, in hopes of expanding outreach to the Black community.


Charges dropped, lives ruined, but St. Paul officer still on force

False sex trafficking charges ravaged the lives of two dozen people. But the St. Paul officer they sued for violating their constitutional rights is still on the force. An officer's participation in a federal task force has "become blanket immunity for anything they do," said the attorney of one.


Nominee's past may be template for how he handles public safety job

The Minneapolis City Council could vote as soon as Aug. 4 on the nomination of Cedric Alexander as city's community safety commissioner.


At march for man fatally shot by Mpls. police, emotions run over

Resident of neighboring apartment says she, children were put in danger by actions of Andrew Tekle Sundberg, who police later fatally shot.


Young people called to action at national Native youth conference

More than 1,600 attended the event in Minneapolis.


Super Eid celebration draws a crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium

Forty-five thousand fill the stadium to celebrate the Muslim holiday.


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.