T.J. Raphael

Takeaway Digital Content Editor

T. J. Raphael is The Takeaway's Digital Content Editor. Before joining The Takeaway, T. J. was Senior Editor of FOLIO: Magazine and FOLIOMag.com. 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 reporting intern 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 The Washington Post, among others. She graduated with honors from Purchase College with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Political Science.

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Addiction Nation: Understanding America's Opioid Crisis

Monday, October 09, 2017

Some 77 million Americans are personally affected in some way by the opioid epidemic. During this special episode, The Takeaway explores the origins of this growing crisis.

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Scientists Say The Great Barrier Reef is Officially Dying

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In recent years, the news has been overwhelmingly bad for the Great Barrier Reef. Now, a number of scientists say that one of our world's great natural treasures is now truly "terminal."


ACA Repeal Stirs Fear of a Future Without Healthcare

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A young woman who relies on her ACA insurance to cover her mental health care costs says she's worried about the law's possible replacement. 


Former EPA Head: Trump's Budget an 'All Out Assault' on the Environment

Friday, March 17, 2017

"This budget is literally and figuratively a scorched-earth budget," says Gina McCarthy, former head of the EPA. "It really represents an all out assault on clean air, water, and land."

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Holocaust Survivor Gives the Gift of Music to Bronx Schoolgirl

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Joe Feingold, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, donated his violin to Brianna, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx. Their story is being told in the new documentary, "Joe's Violin."

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President Trump: How Do You Plan to Address Gun Violence?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

We continue #100Days100Qs with a question on gun violence. 

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President Trump: How Do You Plan to Unite the Divided American Electorate?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Some 45 percent of Americans disapprove of President Trump. How will he unite the nation, or at least convince everyone to get along?

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Unrest Spreads Throughout Mexico

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A double digit increase in gas prices has led to looting and protests in Mexico, and Donald Trump’s plans to put more economic pressure on Mexico could make the situation worse.


The Green Giant? China Plans to Invest Billions in Renewable Energy

Monday, January 09, 2017

China plans to spend more than $360 billion on renewable power sources and expects to dominate the renewable energy sector by 2020.


A Defiant Optimist Creates a New Kind of Stock Exchange

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Durreen Shahnaz's social stock exchange has positively impacted 12 million people throughout Asia.

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A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in Foreign Elections

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The CIA has revealed that Russia deliberately interfered with the November election to help Donald Trump. Yet, intervening in foreign election is nothing new, particularly to the U.S.

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Bismarck Residents Didn’t Even Have to Fight to Re-Route the Dakota Access Pipeline

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The population of Bismarck, North Dakota, which is located about 55 miles north of the Standing Rock Reservation, is 92 percent white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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'Sanctuary Cities' Get Ready for a Siege

Monday, November 14, 2016

The president-elect has promised to cut off federal funding for so-called "sanctuary cities," a name given to places that have ignored policies that target undocumented immigrants.

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Twin Cities on a Search for Racial Justice this Election Season

Monday, November 07, 2016

“They call it the land of milk and honey, but it isn’t like that for all of us,” says Russel Balenger, a 66-year-old community activist in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area.


In Working Class Country, A Changing Economy Isn’t Pulling Everyone Along

Thursday, November 03, 2016

“We’re not giving these people a plan B," says Matthew McManus, a 26-year-old aircraft mechanic in West Virginia.
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In 2016 Election, Evangelicals Focus on ‘Religious Liberty’

Thursday, November 03, 2016

"[T]he aggressiveness of the LGBT agenda is the best thing that’s happened to Evangelicalism,” says Rit Varriale, pastor at Elizabeth Baptist Church. 

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Native Tribes Fight for Equality Ahead of 2016 Election

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Whether it's issues of sovereignty or access to quality education, Native Americans aren't staying silent this election season. 

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As Election Approaches, Border Towns Worry About TPP

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

In El Paso, Texas, one immigration advocate is concerned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could damage her hometown, and sister city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.


U.S. Military Communities Stand on The Frontlines of America's Battle with PTSD

Monday, October 31, 2016

About 9.7 million people in 89 counties live in “Military Post” communities across the country. A father of a deceased veteran explains how his area is fighting PTSD. 
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Porn vs. Air Pollution: Mormon Voters Divided on Public Health Threats

Monday, October 31, 2016

Salt Lake City and parts of Utah have some of the worst air quality in the world, but conservative Mormon politicians have been hesitant to address it. That could change soon.

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