Arwa Gunja is a senior producer at The Takeaway. Arwa is responsible for the day-to-day editorial content of the program and works closely with producers and the host to set the next day's lineup.
At The Takeaway, she helped to produce a three-part series on voters in Lake County, Ohio during the 2012 presidential campaign season and produced and edited a digital media project commemorating the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Arwa also oversees editorial content during breaking news events, including Hurricane Sandy, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Arwa joined The Takeaway in December 2009. Before that, she was 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 spring 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 graduated from New York University in 2007 with a degree in journalism.
It's National Poetry month and our friends at WLRN have launched a poetry project they're calling "This Is Where." We've asked you to submit your own poems about places that have had meaning.
Three local Boston area residents who didn't know each other were invited for a conversation about their changing community. They recount how the bombings a year ago changed the streets where they live.
Until recently, the Baltimore City Detention Center was controlled not by correctional officers, but by the Black Guerrilla Family gang, which managed a complex organized crime ring that extended outside the walls of the jail.
Actor Colin Firth discusses his new film “The Railway Man,” which tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II.
The New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says the administration's criminal leak investigations have "put a chill on national security reporting in Washington."
Tess Taylor and Gayle Jessup White were living separate lives on separate sides of the country, when the two women discovered they were related, through not just anyone, but through the Thomas Jefferson family line.
A number of Texas-based spa technicians and owners have been arrested in the last few months for giving women illegal silicone injections. Veronica Zaragovia, state reporter for KUT Austin, explains the "butt pumping" fad.
A new study from researchers at the University of California at Davis and Penn State shows that high school social hierarchies are much more complicated and nuanced than previously thought.
Eugenie Mukeshimana narrowly escaped death during the Rwandan genocide. Today she strives to give immigrant genocide survivors the legal and social help they need to rebuild their lives.
All this week, The Takeaway is speaking with people who grew up in the Eastern Bloc and asking them to reflect on the crisis today in Ukraine. Today, the voice of someone who grew up under communism in Poland.
In the decade after 9/11, nearly 1,000 veterans became victims of the administration designed to help them. The Department of Veterans Affairs paid more than $200 million in wrongful death claims.
Today, the voice of someone who grew up under communism in Bulgaria, watched the transition to democracy, and is now observing the crisis in Ukraine from the United States, reflects on her home country and weighs in on the political turmoil in Crimea.
As Russia flexes its muscles in Ukraine, the present looks all too familiar to the past for many in Europe. For many, the ghosts of Russian history are still alive in the region today.
An analysis of documents finds that Hobby Lobby's employee 401k retirement plan holds more than $73 million in mutual funds with companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs used in abortions.
Through a controversial and surprise voice vote, the House passed legislation yesterday that temporarily patches up Medicare physician payments. The bill now goes to the Senate, which has until Monday to act before doctors face a 24 percent cut in Medicare payments.
The U.S. is experiencing an increasing frequency of water supply problems—from dry conditions in California to strong drought conditions in Texas. David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center and author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource," looks back at the history of this most precious resource. Two water-rights lawyers, Sarah Klahn, and Stuart Somach, show us how droughts play out in the courtroom.
Fred Phelps, the founder and anti-gay preacher at Westboro Baptist Church, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Phelps was a disbarred civil rights lawyer and ran for local offices several times. After several unsuccessful runs, he shifted his focus to mostly protesting. Recently, one of his estranged sons said his father had been excommunicated from the church. Today Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, describes the confused legacy of Phelps and that of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Forty percent of inmates held at Rikers Island Correctional Facility have a diagnosed mental illness. This week, a report revealed the cause of inmate Jerome Murdough's death: He had been left in an overheated cell and, as one official put it, "baked to death."
It is finally a joyous day for the Americans in the U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry: The U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team defeated the Canadians 3 to 0 in yesterday's semifinals. Team USA's preparation and grit has certainly paid off. The Paralympic sled hockey players bring a fierce athleticism to the ice, with flips and turns that seem to defy nature. Nikko Landeros is a key player for the U.S.
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