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:

Puzder's Baggage Led to Nomination's Failure

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The second casualty of the Trump cabinet came on Wednesday. Andrew Pudzer withdrew his nomination for Labor Secretary amid concerns that he would not be confirmed. 


The View of America from Moscow

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Americans wake up every day to a new crop of political developments that range from odd to alarming. But how does this all look in Russia?


States Work to Restrict Abortion

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Since the 2010 midterm elections, increasingly conservative state legislators have channeled their energies into restricting abortion. 

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Officials: Security Adviser Flynn Discussed Sanctions with Russia, Despite Denials

Monday, February 13, 2017

Backing away from earlier denials, officials are saying that security adviser Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia, possibly committing an illegal act.


The Trump Administration Wades Deeper into Potential Conflicts of Interest

Friday, February 10, 2017

A look at the week in review for questionable ethical behavior from the Trump Administration, including the president's Nordstrom tweet and his wife's lawsuit against the Daily Mail.

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In 'Coming Up Short,' Oral Histories Highlight the Struggles of Working Class Youth

Thursday, February 09, 2017

From 2008 to 2010, Jennifer Silva gathered the increasingly relevant oral histories of young, working-class adults struggling to make it in an economy that's left them behind. 

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The Roots of American Segregation

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

A new interpretation of the origins of segregation in American suggest it was "enlightened" liberals who promoted separation as a solution to integration.

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What Progressives Can Learn from Right Wing Organizing

Friday, February 03, 2017

At a moment of critical energy and frustration for the Democratic Party, progressives may be able to learn from the coordination and success of the Tea Party movement. 

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What's 'Normal' in Trump's America?

Thursday, February 02, 2017

What does it mean to be part of "normal" American culture today? Two Muslim Americans respond at a moment of uncertainty of the direction of the country and heightened Islamophobia.

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President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to SCOTUS

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

In what has been a very trying newsweek for President Trump, he announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to the Supreme Court Tuesday night.

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Can Trump Constrain Putin?

Monday, January 30, 2017

A dialogue between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin began over the weekend, worrying NATO leaders.


Hugh Hewitt: From Trump Skeptic to Supporter

Friday, January 27, 2017

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on his Trump evolution and the future of the Republican Party. 

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The Pioneering Life of Mary Tyler Moore

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Following the death of Mary Tyler Moore on Wednesday, a look at how Moore changed the entertainment industry since her first acting job at 17. 

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Life as Immigrants and Refugees Under Trump

Thursday, January 26, 2017

As President Trump continues his crackdown on immigration, we examine three perspectives of how life is changing for refugees and immigrants living in the U.S. 

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The Legacy of Slavery and The Value of Black Life in America

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In a new book, historian Daina Ramey Barry traces the commodification of black lives since the start of slavery.

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How President Obama Solidified the Transition to Perpetual War

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Though he scaled back the military aggressions of his predecessor, Barack Obama introduced vast increases in electronic surveillance, drones, and the use of special ops forces.


Snowden Vs. Manning: The Difference in Obama's Eyes

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Barack Obama sees Chelsea Manning as a conscientious objector and views Edward Snowden as a cyber foot-soldier hiding out in Russia. 

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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.