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:

Political Jeopardy in Brazil: President Charged With Corruption

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Brazil's Congress will decide the fate of President Michel Temer, the first sitting president in almost three decades to face criminal charges. 


Trump Announces New Cuba Policy

Friday, June 16, 2017

President Trump will visit Florida today. He's expected to announce a rollback of the Obama Administration's Cuba policy.

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When Violence Begets Violence: The Revealing Past of the Congressional Baseball Shooter

Thursday, June 15, 2017

In the aftermath of the Congressional baseball practice shooting, the political views of the shooter have become the focus. But James T. Hodgkinson had a history of violence.

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N. Korea Has Released An American Detainee, But Others Remain

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

After being held in a North Korean prison for 17 months, Otto Warmbier was released on Tuesday. But there are three other Americans currently being held by the state.


Released From Prison Decades After a Retrial That Never Came

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jerry Hatfield was convicted in 1977 of killing a woman in Bay City, Texas. His conviction was reversed a few years later, but he was just set free this week. 


The Small Town Approach to Community Health

Monday, June 12, 2017

Muskegon County, Michigan is fighting to become a healthier community.

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Is Bipartisan Momentum on Criminal Justice Reform Dead?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Bipartisan criminal justice reform seemed to be within reach, and then the 2016 election happened. While the issue hasn't gone away, progress is now sitting idle.


The Next Standing Rock? Pipeline Project Sparks Concern in Minnesota

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

If accepted, the pipeline will carry the oil across Ojibwe tribal lands. Tribal groups are worried about oil spills, and environmental groups are also concerned.


In Early Days, Trump Administration Tried to Normalize Russia Relations

Monday, June 05, 2017

New reports show that as soon as President Trump took office, he and his administration moved quickly to try to lift economic sanctions and normalize relations with Russia.   


100 Years On, the First Recording of Jazz Tells the Story of America

Friday, June 02, 2017

It's been 100 years since the first piece of commercial jazz was recorded by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

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Dealing with Climate Change After Paris

Friday, June 02, 2017

After Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, a look at the future of the climate change fight with a former EPA administrator, and how businesses are approaching it.

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Attack in Manila Heightens Fears of Terrorism in the Philippines

Friday, June 02, 2017

Shootings and an explosion erupted at a casino resort in Manila on Thursday. A group tracking extremism said a Filipino operative of ISIS claimed “lone wolf soldiers” were responsible.


Free Speech or Hate Speech? Rallies Stir Debate After Portland Stabbing

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Following the fatal stabbings in Portland, the city is grappling with the question of whether or not it should close down a "Trump free speech rally," and an anti-Muslim protest.


Portland's Long History of Racism and White Supremacy

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Though it's often associated with liberalism and tolerance, the city remains more than 70 percent white, and has a long history of racial strife and segregation.

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More Than 1,500 Migrant Deaths Reported in 2017 Alone

Thursday, May 25, 2017

In 2017 alone, more than 59,000 migrants and refugees have risked their lives to reach Europe. Of those that have attempted the journey, an estimated 1,500 are feared drowned.


As Trump Meets the Pope, American Catholics Watch Closely

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Early exit polls suggested that Donald Trump won 52 percent of the Catholic vote over Hillary Clinton, though later polling suggested that the split may have been closer.

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Pleading the Fifth: Mike Flynn Is Playing a Long Game

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee.


Senator Ron Wyden Stands Firm on Russia Investigation

Friday, May 19, 2017

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee and discusses the turmoil facing the Trump Administration.


Israelis Keep a Close Eye on Trump's Classified Intel Leak

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Reports now show that the sensitive intelligence on ISIS that President Trump shared with the Russians came from Israel. 


China's Cultural Revolution Dredges Up Chilling History of Killings

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A new book details the bloody massacre of more than 4,500 people in Dao County in the fall of 1967.