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 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, 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:

Maine Governor Escalates Racist Rhetoric

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

In an election cycle that has had Donald Trump at the center of controversy, Maine Governor Paul LePage's increasingly racist and bigoted statements are gaining national attention.


The Earth Next Door: What You Need to Know About Proxima B

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Astronomers announced Wednesday that they had detected an Earth-like planet, Proxima B, in our neighboring solar system.


The Fight to Clean Up 150 Million Pounds of Ocean Trash

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

At just 22-years-old, Boyan Slat has created a barrier that is designed to collect and remove trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


A Tribe Called Red: DJ Collective Fuses Native Beats, Electronica and Hip-Hop

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Tribe Called Red is working to define cultural identity on their own terms.

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State-Sponsored Killings Births Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Since taking power in May, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police and military to kill suspected drug dealers and users, without any semblance of due process or right trial.


Donald Trump and the Pitfalls of Anti-Intellectualism

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

What happens when the anti-intellectual positioning of the Republican party results in a candidate who is actually unprepared?

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Trump: The American President Russia Wants

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Experts believe that Russian hackers are behind the DNC email leak. Why? Some say that the government of Vladimir Putin is hoping Donald Trump will get elected.

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Is America Headed for a Race War?

Monday, July 11, 2016

After a week of violent tension, some are asking if America is seeing the beginnings of a race war. But can there ever be winners and losers in such a fight?

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How Bernie Sanders Will Shape the Democratic Party Platform

Monday, June 27, 2016

Though it’s highly unlikely that Bernie Sanders will secure Democratic nomination, he will have a big influence on the party's agenda going forward.


Brexit: 'An Unnecessary Act of Self-Harm'

Friday, June 24, 2016

"Populist tribal nationalism, with all of its visceral emotional force, is absolutely rampant right now," says British writer, broadcaster, and historian Simon Schama.

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Curry Concerns: Can 'Brexit' Save the U.K.'s Favorite Food?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Owners of some of Britain's popular curry houses complain that strict immigration rules have made it tough to hire new chefs from Bangladesh and India. Could “Brexit” be the answer?


In Venezuela, Society Crumbles Under the Weight of Political Crisis

Monday, June 20, 2016

Once a prosperous oil producer, the nation is slipping into a state of chaos as civil society continues to break down.

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A 15-Hour Filibuster and A Move to Vote on Gun Control

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Led by Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, Senate Democrats launched a nearly 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor on Wednesday over gun access to suspected terrorists.

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Turning Weapons Into Watches to End Gun Violence

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One organization is getting guns off the streets by turning them into high-end fashion accessories.


Disappointed, Not Surprised: Stanford and American Rape Culture

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

After being found guilty of raping an unconscious woman, a judge sentenced a former Stanford student to six months in jail and probation. Some advocates are angry, but not surprised.

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Bullets and Bad Luck: The Untold Story of Guns in America

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

“Melancholy Accidents: Three Centuries of Stray Bullets and Bad Luck” is a new book that looks at the history of accidental gun deaths in America.

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'Nothing But The Truth': America is Finally Rethinking Police Interrogation

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Forget the good cop, bad cop routine. Several police departments across the country are reinventing their interrogation techniques based on new research. 

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Why Insanely Long Airport Wait Times Are Likely the New Normal

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cuts to TSA's budget and lower staffing numbers means many passengers will wait hours to get through airport security. A solution does exist, but it's politically unpopular. 

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It's Personal: Bernie Sanders Strikes Back Against DNC

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders is backing Tim Canova, who is facing off against DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a heated congressional election. Canova says it's time for her to go.


What it's Like to Be Transgender in North Carolina

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A trans man and trans woman talk about the impact of HB2 on their lives, and their hopes for the future.

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