Ellen Frankman

Takeaway Senior Producer

Ellen Frankman is the Senior Producer of The Takeaway.

At The Takeaway, Ellen oversees the daily production of the show, managing a team of producers, and booking and editing content. Ellen helped drive the 2016 election coverage for The Takeaway and has covered breaking news events from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, to the terror attacks in Paris and Orlando.

Since joining The Takeaway in 2012, Ellen has produced award-winning projects including Being a Woman Online, a series which received a Gracie Award in 2016, and Under Her Skin: Living with Breast Cancer, a six-month series which won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Series and a NABJ award for best radio documentary. In 2014, Ellen produced an award-winning four-part series that explores standards for engineering and design in the modern world, and in 2012, she assisted with round-the-clock coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

Prior to joining The Takeaway, Ellen worked as a reporter for The Sag Harbor Express. She began her career in public radio at WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show.

Ellen graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Journalism and English.

Ellen Frankman appears in the following:

The Myth of a Post-Racial America and The Rise of Donald Trump

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cornell Belcher, the author of "A Black Man In The White House" and a leading Democratic pollster, explores the racial politics that divide the United States today.

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The Angry Ghost of America's Unresolved Class Warfare

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The 2016 election shows just how divided America is along geographic, racial, economic, and social lines.

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Baltimore Agrees to DOJ Police Reforms as Mosby Faces Blowback

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Marilyn Mosby is under fire for her handling of the Freddie Gray prosecutions, even though Baltimore is agreeing to reform the city's troubled police department. 


After Russian Hacks, House Dems Face an Uphill Battle for Accountability

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Donald Trump finally admitted that he believes Russia was behind hacking operations carried out during the 2016 election. Here's what Democrats on Capitol Hill are planning next.

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Violence Lingers in The Shadows of Obama's Final Address

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

While crime rates around the U.S. have dropped considerably over the last 20 years, Chicago has witnessed an uptick in violence. In 2016, 762 people were killed in the Windy City.

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Ethics Questions Swirl as Trump Taps Son-In-Law Jared Kushner

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as senior White House advisor.

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How Change Happens

Monday, January 02, 2017

Change 2017 - turning ideas into action.


Finding Truth in the Age of Trump

Friday, December 30, 2016

The most fundamental change in 2016 has been the redefinition of truth. This has far-reaching implications for the future of journalism.

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Sen. George Mitchell on the Disintegration of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Former Senator George Mitchell, who once served as the U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, discusses what went wrong in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. 

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On Patrol in President Duterte's War Against Drugs

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A journalist goes on patrol with the Manilla police department.


First Ladies and First Daughters

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

While Melania has opted to take a back seat, Ivanka steps into the limelight of the presidency.

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Photojournalists, Filmmakers Call for Encrypted Cameras

Thursday, December 22, 2016

More than 150 filmmakers and photojournalists signed a letter calling for camera manufacturers to build encryption into their products to help protect individuals behind the lens.

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Former Syrian Ambassador: U.S. ‘Complicit’ in Aleppo Brutality

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ambassador Ryan Crocker says that President Obama, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, and the broader administration are giving Russia a rubber stamp while civilians are slaughtered.

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Berlin Truck Attack Exposes Political Divisions in Germany

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A truck driver plowed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday. The attack, which German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called act of terrorism, killed 12 and injured 48 people.


2016 Is Deadliest Year on Record for Refugee Crossings

Friday, December 16, 2016

As International Migrants Day approaches, new figures reveal that 4,812 migrants and refugees have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2016.


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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1 Billion Yahoo Accounts Hacked

Thursday, December 15, 2016

These accounts are separate from a hack affecting 500 million user accounts in 2014, which Yahoo disclosed this past summer.

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin: Russia is a U.S. 'Enemy'

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Though the Trump Administration appears to be cozying up to Russia, Senator Ben Cardin has been calling for a more concerted effort to hold Moscow accountable for some time now.

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Assad Takes Control Over Aleppo in Bloody, Brutal Siege

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad have been systematically destroying parts of Aleppo in order to rout out rebel forces threatening his government.


Russia and U.S. Look to Evacuate Civilians from Aleppo as Crisis Deepens

Friday, December 09, 2016

A possible deal between the U.S. and Russia would permit Syrian rebels to leave Aleppo unharmed, but the likelihood of such a deal seems slim.