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:

U.S. Toughens Trade Talk with Canada

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

After the White House announced that it would impose a 20 percent tariff on lumber imported from Canada, the president took to Twitter to criticize America's neighbor to the north.

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Debunking Myths About the Global Arms Trade

Monday, April 24, 2017

The global arms trade is at it’s highest level since the Cold War. Historian and writer Paul Holden argues that the present system undermines democracy and makes us less safe.


Politicizing Science? Some Take Aim at Earth Day March

Friday, April 21, 2017

Some within the scientific community says that this weekend's March for Science politicizes a field that should not be political at all.

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After Bill O'Reilly: What's Next for Fox News

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC’s On the Media, examines the future of Fox News without its biggest star.

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Aaron Hernandez, Former NFL Star, Kills Himself in Prison

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Once a rising star in the NFL, the former Patriots tight end was serving a life sentence without parole for a 2013 murder. 


Activists Say Human Rights Are Under Threat in Turkey

Monday, April 17, 2017

The apprehension of teachers, police officers, and public officials have spiked while a crackdown on media criticism and scrutiny of the government has intensified.

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Deciphering America's Strategy in the Middle East

Friday, April 14, 2017

The U.S. dropped the largest ever non-nuclear bomb used in combat on Thursday in Afghanistan and also killed 18 allied fighters in Syria. What does it all add up to? 


Former ICE Official Challenges Trump's Tough Immigration Policy

Thursday, April 13, 2017

John Sandweg, former acting director and acting general counsel of Immigration and Customs Enforcement from 2013-2014, says the administration may be biting off more than it can chew.

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Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen Confident in Trump's Approach

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

When it comes to Syria, Russia and North Korea, Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Bush and Obama, is encouraged by the Trump Administration.


Ohio Is Facing a High School Graduation Crisis

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of Ohio's high school juniors will be unable to graduate in 2018. The "graduation crisis" is being reportedly being caused by new requirements.

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Student Loan Giant Accused of Predatory Lending

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lawsuits filed by Illinois and Washington State, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, are accusing Navient of profiting off private loans that were "designed to fail."


The U.S. Attacks Syria: What's Next

Friday, April 07, 2017

The Pentagon says that there is no dispute "that Syria used banned chemical weapons of the people of Idlib," adding that the strike was "a proportional response to Assad's heinous act."

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Bannon Gets the Boot From the National Security Council

Thursday, April 06, 2017

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump removed Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council.


With Growing Brutality, An Uncertain Fate for Syria

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Six years into this brutal war that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced, what can the international community accomplish? 

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50 Years Ago Today, MLK Spoke Out Against Vietnam

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Despite strenuous objections from nearly everyone around him, Dr. King came out strongly against the Vietnam War on April 4, 1967. It forever changed his relationship with LBJ.

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Celebrating the Iranian New Year with Food and Family

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Iranian New Year, Nowruz, ends on Sunday. Louisa Shafia, an Iranian-American chef and author of "The New Persian Kitchen," shares some her favorite recipes.

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In California, A Lead Water Crisis That Rivals Flint

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In 29 California neighborhoods, lead contamination levels are almost three times higher than the contamination experienced by residents in Flint at the peak of the water crisis.

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Investigation Digs Into Paul Manafort's Real Estate Transactions

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Real estate and law enforcement experts say some of Trump's former campaign manager's transactions in New York City fit a pattern used in money laundering.


Report Alleges Trump's Campaign Chair Was on Putin's Payroll

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A new report argues that Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort signed a $10 million contract with a Russian billionaire in 2006 to the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin.


In the Heart of Trump Country, Some Ranchers Feel Left Behind

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wildfires ripped through Kansas earlier this month. Some area ranchers who voted for Donald Trump say they wish the president was paying more attention to them in their time of need. 

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