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:

Alaskan Native Leaders Call on International Community to Address Climate Change

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Delegates from 25 countries, both Arctic and non-Arctic, gathered in the nation's capital on Wednesday to hash out plans for better understanding climate effects in the region.

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Jerry Springer: Trump's Reality TV Speak Made his Rise 'Inevitable'

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Springer argues that, like an ad for a new car, Trump is using grandiosity, superlatives, and repetition to lure voters in — a winning combination in our entertainment-obsessed culture.

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Forgetting the Danger When it Comes to Strangers

Friday, September 23, 2016

Writer Kio Stark has spent years striking up conversations with people who fall under the ominous "stranger" category, and she's found that often more good comes from it than not.

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In Malala's Hometown, One Young Woman Fights for Childhood Education

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In Pakistan's Swat Valley, 23-year-old Neelam Ibrar Chattan started a campaign she calls "Peace for a New Generation" to promote education among boys and girls in the region.


Reporter With Zika: So Much is Unknown

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A reporter who contracted the Zika virus talks about what it's like to have the disease, and how little he knows about how it will affect him in the future.


Trump Foundation Called Into Question

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Donald J. Trump Foundation is coming under scrutiny after it was revealed that Trump took credit for donations that were not his and stopped giving to the charity entirely in 2008. 

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The Private Health of Presidential Candidates

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Neither presidential candidate has shared much about their health. How much right do they have to keep their health private?

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When It Comes to Surge Pricing, Who Benefits — You or Uber?

Thursday, September 08, 2016

When you want a car from Uber, but see surge pricing, how likely are you to take the ride anyway? Uber knows what you are likely to do — and how much you’ll be willing to pay.

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Bringing Healthcare to Expecting Moms in the Congo

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

One woman is working to bring ultrasounds to pregnant women in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with testing for malaria, HIV, and anemia.

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CDC Director Speaks Out on Fight Against Zika

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

"Zika is unprecedented and unfortunately it's going to be around for years to come, that's why it's so important that we invest now," says CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

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Brazil's Suspended President Moves Closer to Impeachment

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dilma Rousseff is awaiting an impeachment vote after being accused of moving funds between government budgets to hide Brazil's deficit. 


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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