Arwa Gunja

Takeaway Executive Producer

Arwa Gunja started with The Takeaway in 2009. In the years since, she has worked nearly every job from producer to editor now to Executive Producer. During her many years with the show, she helped to produce an award-winning series chronicling the stories of African American women living with breast cancer; she worked on a three-part series on voters in Lake County, Ohio during the 2012 presidential campaign season; and she produced and edited a digital media project commemorating the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Arwa also oversaw editorial content during breaking news events including Hurricane Sandy, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

In between her time as Senior Producer of The Takeaway and Executive Producer of The Takeaway, Arwa was the Executive Producer of Freakonomics Radio, hosted by Stephen Dubner. There, she oversaw the award-winning weekly podcast and the expansion of Freakonomics Radio on to terrestrial radio.

Arwa got her start as a producer at NPR, where she worked on several programs, including Morning Edition and Tell Me More. She also worked with the network's Election Unit to cover the 2008 presidential election, including election night coverage and President Barack Obama's inauguration.

In the spring of 2012, Arwa was selected as a fellow with the International Center for Journalists, based in Washington, D.C. Through the fellowship, she traveled to France to report on the impacts of the country's "burqa ban" legislation one year later.

Arwa Gunja appears in the following:

For Some Adopted Kids, There's a Danger in Erasing Racial Lines

Monday, July 10, 2017

For non-white children adopted by Caucasian families, race can play a role in shaping identity.

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Understanding Race and Racism, One Conversation at a Time

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The United States is not a perfect nation. In order to be truly free and proud, America must confront the sins of its past.

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Cholera Epidemic Adds to Yemen's Growing Unrest

Monday, July 03, 2017

Yemen faces an alarming cholera outbreak in the midst of an ongoing civil war.

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Selective Pride? Battling LGBT Stigma Around Body Image

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"The truth is, the gay community isn't interested in embracing overweight people because we're a blemish on the image of perfection," says writer Louis Peitzman.

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Hunger and Obesity: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The number of people in the United States who are "food insecure" has risen sharply in the past few decades, with 48 million Americans going hungry as of 2012.

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The Big Business of The Obesity Crisis

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"In the absence of doing something about the food marketing, particularly directed at children, it's going to be hard to do much about the obesity epidemic."

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What Fighting Big Tobacco Can Teach Us About Taxing Sugary Drinks

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In 1994, Dr. Kelly Brownell proposed the radical idea of taxing unhealthy foods. More than 20 years later, soda taxes have taken hold in cities around the country. Are they working? 

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Obesity: The Greatest Threat to American Society?

Monday, June 05, 2017

One doctor argues that obesity "is a greater public health challenge than anything else — any virus, any disease, and even terrorism."

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In Army Milestone, First Group of Women Graduate from Infantry Training

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The first group of women graduated from the grueling Army infantry training this month, four years after the Obama Administration ordered all combat positions open to women.

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Phoenix Takes on Problem of Disconnected Youth

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"If a kid is not working or not in school, what are they doing? They may be at home, out on the streets, basically not giving back to society. It has long-term consequences." 

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New Report Warns of Growing Number of 'Disconnected Youth'

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

There are an estimated 4.9 million young Americans ages 16 to 24 who are neither working nor in school. What are the social and economic conditions holding back these young people?

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'The Poetry of Pop'

Monday, May 15, 2017

A new book argues that pop music is more than just a soundtrack to our lives, but rather the most widely disseminated form of poetic expression. 

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Measles Outbreak Hits Minnesota

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Health officials have identified around 50 cases of measles in Minnesota, and almost all of them are in the state's large Somali community. 

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The Shift: Exploring America’s Rapidly Changing Workforce

Thursday, May 04, 2017

It's the free market that decides which jobs stay and which jobs go, and technology and innovation are changing the present and shaping the future of the U.S. labor market.

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Simone Dinnerstein on Performing Mozart, from Cuba to the United States

Friday, April 21, 2017

In an old church in Havana, Cuba, acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein performed two Mozart concertos with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. 

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#BlackWomenAtWork Goes Viral as Women Take a Stand

Thursday, March 30, 2017

After a congresswoman and journalist were chastised, black women on social media are discussing sexism and racism on the job with the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork.

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Londoners Move Forward After Deadly Domestic Terror Attack

Thursday, March 23, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed lawmakers in Parliament on Thursday after a deadly domestic terror attack that left three people dead and around 40 others.

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Hunting For the Solar System's Biggest Threats

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Though it may be terrifying to think that an asteroid could collide with Earth at any moment, some of our planet's citizens have a plan for dealing with hazardous asteroids.

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What You Need to Know About New DNC Chair Tom Perez

Monday, February 27, 2017

After a tight and hotly contested race, Tom Perez was voted in as new chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday. Get to know him here. 

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Executive Angst: Understanding America’s Presidential Power Struggle

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Executive power has expanded and contracted over time. But what does the Constitution actually say about the power of the presidency? Find out in this special Presidents’ Day podcast.  

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