T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T. J. Raphael is The Takeaway's Digital Content Editor. Before joining The Takeaway, T. J. was Senior Editor of FOLIO: Magazine and There she covered the evolving media landscape, technology, economics, social media, apps, publishing and marketing.

As a staff reporter for The Legislative Gazette, based in the New York state capital, T. J. covered Constitutional law, Congressional elections and the New York State Legislature. She's also been a contributing writer to The Village Voice in New York City, and a general assignment reporter for the New York Daily News where she covered everything from entertainment to crime.

Her work has been cited by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, The Economist and, among others. She graduated with honors from Purchase College with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Follow her on Twitter: @TJRaphael.

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

The Future of the Global Internet Hangs in The Balance

Friday, October 30, 2015

According to Freedom House's annual Internet Freedom Report, digital civil liberties have been curtailed across the globe for the fifth year in a row.

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Who's Torching Black Churches in St. Louis?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A series of fires at seven predominantly black churches in the St. Louis region have once again stirred an area that's become a national focal point for issues of racial tension.

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Kansas May Be The Toughest Place to Vote in America

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Some 36,000 Kansans have unsuccessfully tried to register to vote since 2013 because of a strict new law. Kansas' secretary of state—the man behind the law—answers his critics here.

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The Benefits of a Borderless World

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

As migrants clamor to enter the European Union, and as U.S. presidential candidates debate immigration policy, an economist argues for an end to all national borders. 

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With No End in Sight, Military Families Pay the Real Price in Afghanistan

Monday, October 19, 2015

The longest war in U.S. history is sending American troops back to Afghanistan for their third, fourth, or fifth tours.

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The Writing on the Walls: How Three Artists Trolled 'Homeland' and Won

Friday, October 16, 2015

In a recent "Homeland" episode, the wall of a fictional Syrian refugee camp contains Arabic graffiti that calls out the show's racism. One of the artists responsible for it weighs in.

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Taliban Targeted Women in Afghan Attack

Thursday, October 15, 2015

In a methodical campaign, the Taliban targeted female activists and women leaders in its latest attack in the Afghan city of Kunduz.

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Jury Rules Against Gun Store for Selling Firearm Used to Shoot Cops

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A number of cases, most recently in Milwaukee, are claiming that gun sellers must be held liable for damages of guns sold illegally. 

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The Human Body, Redefined

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A physician by trade, and an explorer by nature, Gavin Francis charts the anatomy of the human body through a series of vignettes published in his new book.

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An Uncertain Future for American Journalist Convicted in Iran

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jason Rezaian, Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post, was found guilty in an espionage trial in Iran over the weekend.

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With Warships, U.S. Navy Challenges China's Man-Made Islands

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A retired Navy officer says Chinese maneuvers in the South China Sea are more concerning to the Pentagon than the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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Decades After 'Dirty War,' Argentinians Find Long Lost Grandchildren

Monday, October 12, 2015

A group called Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo has located hundreds of grandchildren who were captured by a tyrannical Argentine government. 


Deadly Terrorist Attacks Rock Turkey

Monday, October 12, 2015

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but the Turkish government says ISIS is the focus of the investigation, while the Kurds are pointing fingers at the government.


Professor Resigns Over Campus Carry Gun Law

Monday, October 12, 2015

Dismayed by his state's "campus carry" law, Daniel Hamermesh is giving up his gig as a college professor at UT Austin.

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The Rookies: Stories of Candidates Running Democracy's First Lap

Saturday, October 10, 2015

In a special series, The Takeaway profiles five people who are running for local and state elected office for the first time.


The One True Baseball Town: St. Louis

Thursday, October 08, 2015

With the start of baseball playoffs, we examine why the heart of St. Louis belongs to the Cardinals. 

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McCarthy Abruptly Withdraws from Speaker Race

Thursday, October 08, 2015

In a surprise twist, Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped out of the race for speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday.

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Voice of Gun Rights: Mass Shootings Are About People, Not Weapons

Thursday, October 08, 2015

The host of Gun Talk Radio, the only nationally syndicated radio show about firearms, condemns mass shootings, but doesn't believe the U.S. should make it harder for people to buy guns.

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Is This the Safest School in America?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

How do you prevent a mass school shooting? One high school in Indiana thinks they have the answer, and it isn't gun control. 


Congress Has a Chance to Lift the CDC Ban on Studying Guns. Will They?

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

With a big budget deal in the works between President Obama and congressional leaders, Congress has a chance to change the ban on CDC research into gun related health issues.

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