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:

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.


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.


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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Left Alone in the Wake of Incarceration

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A new short film explores the struggle — and stigma — of loving someone who is incarcerated. 


The Fugitive Slave Who Eluded George Washington

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What does it mean to be free? That's a question explored in the new book, 'Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.'


Understanding the Chaos of Our World

Monday, February 13, 2017

'We live in a completely dynamic, chaotic and unpredictable world,' says British filmmaker Adam Curtis. And our current system isn't getting it. 

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Robert Coover on Bringing Huck Finn Back to Life

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

In Robert Coover's new novel, Huck Out West, Coover reinvents the story of Huck Finn as he escapes 'sivilization' and heads out into the Wild West. 

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Life According to 'Saved By the Bell'

Friday, February 03, 2017

Television producer Peter Engel shares memories from his hit 90s television show "Saved By the Bell." 

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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.