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Arwa Gunja

Senior Producer, The Takeaway

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. 

Arwa Gunja appears in the following:

Can New Web Reality Experience Promote Empathy for the Homeless?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Want to see what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the homeless? One entrepreneur in California is giving portable, wearable cameras to homeless people to record what life is really like when you live on the streets.

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Boston: A Community Forever Changed

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.

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This Is Where: 'All Arms Are Open'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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. 

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How One Gang Took Control of a Baltimore Jail

Friday, April 11, 2014

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.

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Colin Firth on Torture & 'The Railway Man'

Friday, April 11, 2014

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.

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NYT's Abramson: New Levels of Secrecy in Obama White House

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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."

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Finding Family Through a Dark Legacy of Slavery

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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.

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Illegal Silicone Injections Put Women's Lives at Risk

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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.

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The Truth About High School Social Hierarchies

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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.

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A Survivor's Quest to Support Other Refugees

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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.

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View from the Eastern Bloc: Poland

Friday, April 04, 2014

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.

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Nearly 1,000 Wrongful Deaths in VA System

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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.

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Views from The Eastern Bloc: Bulgaria

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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.

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Ghosts of Russian History Still Alive in Europe

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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. 

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Inside Hobby Lobby's 'Hypocrisy'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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. 

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House Passes Last Minute 'Doc Fix' Bill

Friday, March 28, 2014

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.

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Water Shortages Spark Fights Over Access to H2O

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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. 

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The Confused Legacy of Westboro's Fred Phelps

Friday, March 21, 2014

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.

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Isolation & Fear Inside Rikers Island

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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."

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Inside the Paralympics: Ice Sled Hockey

Friday, March 14, 2014

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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