Ellen Frankman

Takeaway Senior Producer

Ellen Frankman is Senior Producer of The Takeaway.

At The Takeaway, Ellen produces and edits segments on politics, the economy, foreign policy, health and the environment. She co-produced Under Her Skin: Living with Breast Cancer, a six-month series following three African American women with breast cancer, which won a Gracies 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 and a research associate at Fox News. 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:

After Her Son Died Fighting for ISIS, One Mother Is Pushing Back

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Christianne Boudreau's son was radicalized and died fighting for ISIS. Now she leads the group Mothers for Life, which works to help other families who have lost a child to terrorism.

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Why Some Liberals Say It's Time to Shut Down the Clinton Foundation

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Clinton Foundation continues to come under fire from the GOP, but now some on the left argue that Hillary Clinton must shutter the organization if she wants to win in November.

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U.N. Finally Admits Blame in Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Monday, August 22, 2016

After nearly six years and at least 10,000 deaths, and hundreds of thousands fallen ill, the UN has acknowledged its role in causing the cholera outbreak in Haiti.


Facing Floods with Music in Louisiana

Friday, August 19, 2016

Just as music defines Louisiana in its times of celebration, so too does it during its hardship.

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The Death of and The Boundaries of Free Speech and Privacy

Friday, August 19, 2016

Just days after Univision announced that it would be acquiring Gawker Media, the news came that will cease to exist beginning next week after 14 years of operation.

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Milwaukee: America's Most Segregated City

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two Milwaukee residents reflect on the longstanding sources of division within the city, and a recent visit from Donald Trump. 

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How State Neglect Led to Louisiana's Flooding Emergency

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In Louisiana, devastating floods are forcing thousands into shelters, and leaving even more businesses and homes without power. The state's infrastructure and eroding coast is to blame.

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45 Years Ago Nixon Suspended the Gold Standard; Now Trump Wants it Back

Monday, August 15, 2016

45 years ago today, Nixon's executive order to (among other reforms) suspend the gold standard came to be known at the Nixon Shock. Now, Trump wants to bring it back.

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With the Middle East in Mayhem, An Iraq War Vet Says We Made a Mistake

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Captain Asha Castleberry is not alone in her belief — more than half of all U.S. service members that served in Iraq regret America's intervention.

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As Coal Country Struggles, Miners Find New Hope in Coding

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Coal miners in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania are getting high-tech training for the changing job market. 

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From Reggae to Ska and Dub, Studio One Brought Jamaica to The World

Friday, August 05, 2016

Explore the influence, history, and legacy of Studio One, which recorded the likes of Bob Marley and The Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Burning Spear, Toots and The Maytals, and more. 

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A Coup? Examining Roger Ailes & The Fox News Power Shift

Thursday, July 21, 2016

21st Century Fox announced Thursday that Roger Ailes resigned his position as chairman of Fox News due to allegations of sexual harassment. Some say this scandal goes beyond harassment.


French Around the World Mourn After Nice Attack

Monday, July 18, 2016

Jack McCord, executive director of Alliance Française de Chicago, the Windy City's French cultural learning center, was out celebrating Bastille Day when the attack began in Nice.


Millennial Radio Station Tackles Violence By and Against Police

Friday, July 15, 2016

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio is an outlet for the many New Yorkers who are struggling with how to respond to the violence and division across America today.


Gun Culture Lets Self-Harm Fester in the Quiet Darkness of American Homes

Thursday, July 14, 2016

More than 33,000 people are fatally shot in the U.S. each year, and about two-thirds of gun-related deaths come in the form of suicide. But one state is tackling this issue head on.

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How PTSD Impacts Policing in America

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The impact of stress and trauma on police officers is often understudied, and most officers receive only an hour or two of training on how to deal with such stress. 

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Mike Pence: Trump's Number Two?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It’s expected that Donald Trump will announce his pick for vice president early this week, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence appears to be the front runner for the job.

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Anna Deavere Smith: We Must Come Together in This National Moment of Pain

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Actress, Playwright, and NYU Professor Anna Deavere Smith discusses how we can find solutions to the problems of racism and police brutality in America. 


Dallas Shooting and the Intersection of Police and Guns

Friday, July 08, 2016

Five Dallas police officers were killed and seven others were wounded at what was otherwise a peaceful rally. How do you police in a country awash in guns?

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What Data Can Tell Us About Police Shootings

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Washington Post has tracked every fatal police shooting since January 1, 2015. What do those numbers reveal?