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:

The Pioneering Women Who Built New York

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In a new book, "The Women Who Made New York," author Julie Scelfo features 126 women who helped define the social fabric of New York City. 

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America's Struggle With Race and Identity Is Personal for Kristin Davis

Monday, January 09, 2017

Kristin Davis, the actress known best for her role on the hit HBO show "Sex and The City," adopted a child in 2011. Her daughter, Gemma, is black.  

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Senate Committee Holds First Hearing on Russian Hacking

Thursday, January 05, 2017

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds their first hearing on alleged Russian hacking today, despite persistent skepticism from President-elect Donald Trump.

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Calling Twitter Unusable for Anyone But Trolls, Lindy West Signs Off

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Writer, feminist, and humorist Lindy West says she's leaving Twitter because she says that the social media service hasn’t done enough to reign in trolls and hate speech.

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With Global Shakeup, United Nations Faces Big Challenges in 2017

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The U.N. face many challenges in the year ahead, including ending the war in Syria and continuing address and reign in climate change.


Director Ezra Edelman on O.J. Simpson and Race in America

Monday, January 02, 2017

Ezra Edelman is the director of the critically acclaimed documentary "O.J.: Made in America," an epic eight-hour film that charts the legacy, saga, celebrity and impact of O.J. Simpson.

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Refugees Cry Out: Who Will Save Syria?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

“We're not humans? It's only because we're Syrians it's OK that we die? ... We’re also human. We also have families. We also have feelings," says one 24-year-old Syrian refugee. 

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Tools of Titans: Tapping the Best Strategies for Success

Monday, December 12, 2016

Tim Ferriss, best-selling author of "The 4-Hour Work Week," has a new book out. In it, he reveals how billionaire investors and worldclass athletes have come on top.


From Solitary Confinement to the Metropolitan Opera

Monday, December 05, 2016

Opera singer Ryan Speedo Green and his biographer Daniel Bergner to talk about race in Donald Trump's America. 

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Despite Winter Weather, Unity Remains at Standing Rock

Thursday, December 01, 2016

We check in on the situation at Standing Rock, where a growing number of protesters are hunkering down in freezing temperatures as Monday's evacuation deadline approaches. 

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Shaky Ground: Exploring the Global Turbulence of 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

From climate change and racial tension to the rise of nationalism and economic instability, The Takeaway explores the turbulence of 2016 and beyond in this special podcast.


Shaky Ground: Exploring the Global Turbulence of 2016

Friday, November 04, 2016

From climate change and racial tension to the rise of nationalism and economic instability, The Takeaway explores the turbulence of 2016 and beyond in this special podcast.

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This Folk Opera Predicted the Biggest Themes of the 2016 Election

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ten years before Donald Trump declared his desire to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Anaïs Mitchell was writing "Why We Build the Wall" for her folk-opera "Hadestown." 


Fighting Over Royalties in America's Coal Country

Monday, August 31, 2015

There is a debate raging in the West over raising the royalties that energy companies pay for coal extracted from federal lands. 

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Play to Code

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

At the Colorado Innovation Network Summit, John Hockenberry speaks with a young entrepreneur who's teaching girls to code through gaming and play.

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One Man Wants to Text the World Its Health Care

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In Africa, Kaakpema Yelpaala's startup is using technology to help health care providers connect with their patients. He says this same process can work in Utah and Kentucky.

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Governor John Hickenlooper on His Purple State's Political Future

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Over the last few years, Colorado voters have legalized marijuana and recalled officials over gun control. Governor Hickenlooper looks at the political future of his purple state.

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Music Brings Cuba and America Together Again

Friday, August 21, 2015

Cuban-American musician Arturo O'Farrill says there's another chance for his two beloved places to fall in love.

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Firing of Female Marine Raises Questions About Equality in the Military

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lt. Col. Kate Germano, who led the Marine Corps' only all-female recruit battalion, was relieved of her duties after her leadership style was found to be "hostile."

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'Blob' Threatens Marine Life in Pacific Northwest

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hot weather conditions have created a record-breaking warm patch of ocean water being dubbed the "blob"—and it isn't good for marine life. 

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