Maya Rao

Star Tribune
Race and immigration reporter

Maya Rao is the race and immigration reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. On staff since 2012, she has written about City Hall, urban affairs and regional issues, as well as reported from the bureau in Washington, D.C. Rao took time away to report on the North Dakota oil rush – one of the largest in U.S. history – and published a narrative nonfiction book titled “Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier” in 2018. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Philadelphia inquirer and Press of Atlantic City, and has been published in the Atlantic, Houston Chronicle, Longreads and The Millions.  

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