Arwa Gunja

Takeaway Executive Producer

Arwa Gunja started with The Takeaway in 2009. In the years since, she has worked nearly every job from producer to editor now to Executive Producer. During her many years with the show, she helped to produce an award-winning series chronicling the stories of African American women living with breast cancer; she worked on a three-part series on voters in Lake County, Ohio during the 2012 presidential campaign season; and she produced and edited a digital media project commemorating the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Arwa also oversaw editorial content during breaking news events including Hurricane Sandy, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

In between her time as Senior Producer of The Takeaway and Executive Producer of The Takeaway, Arwa was the Executive Producer of Freakonomics Radio, hosted by Stephen Dubner. There, she oversaw the award-winning weekly podcast and the expansion of Freakonomics Radio on to terrestrial radio.

Arwa got her start as a producer at NPR, where she worked on several programs, including Morning Edition and Tell Me More. She also worked with the network's Election Unit to cover the 2008 presidential election, including election night coverage and President Barack Obama's inauguration.

In the spring of 2012, Arwa was selected as a fellow with the International Center for Journalists, based in Washington, D.C. Through the fellowship, she traveled to France to report on the impacts of the country's "burqa ban" legislation one year later.

Arwa Gunja appears in the following:

Hawaii's False Missile Alert: What Happened

Monday, January 15, 2018

On Saturday, a false missile alert caused panic in Hawaii. The ease with which it was sent out hints at some of the flaws in America's current nuclear preparedness systems. 


Christmas With Leslie Odom Jr.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Leslie Odom Jr., who played the part of Aaron Burr in "Hamilton," is putting out a number of creative projects. He just released the deluxe edition of his album "Simply Christmas."

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The Evolution of Queer Cinema

Friday, October 27, 2017

25 years ago, film scholar B. Ruby Rich coined the term “New Queer Cinema.” Here, she discusses how the movement has changed in the decades since. 


Controversy over EPA's Nominee to Direct Chemical Regulations

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Senate holds a confirmation hearing today for Michael Dourson, the nominee to head the EPA’s chemical regulatory program. Dourson has fought against restrictions on toxic chemicals.


Who Is 'American Enough' in the Trump Era?

Monday, August 07, 2017

An Obama-era policy adviser is launching a new podcast that seeks to examine this existential question: "What makes an American 'American enough'?"

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A Year After Police Killed Her Son, A Mother Vows to March Forward

Monday, August 07, 2017

After her son was shot and killed by the San Francisco Police Department, Gwen Woods had to grieve in the public eye. Now, she tells her story.

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A Son's Pain Turns to Activism Five Years After the Oak Creek Massacre

Friday, August 04, 2017

Five years after the Oak Creek massacre, a son remembers his father, who died that day, and how that put him on a path of "forgiveness with vengeance."

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For Some Adopted Kids, There's a Danger in Erasing Racial Lines

Monday, July 10, 2017

For non-white children adopted by Caucasian families, race can play a role in shaping identity.

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Understanding Race and Racism, One Conversation at a Time

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The United States is not a perfect nation. In order to be truly free and proud, America must confront the sins of its past.

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Cholera Epidemic Adds to Yemen's Growing Unrest

Monday, July 03, 2017

Yemen faces an alarming cholera outbreak in the midst of an ongoing civil war.


Selective Pride? Battling LGBT Stigma Around Body Image

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"The truth is, the gay community isn't interested in embracing overweight people because we're a blemish on the image of perfection," says writer Louis Peitzman.

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Hunger and Obesity: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The number of people in the United States who are "food insecure" has risen sharply in the past few decades, with 48 million Americans going hungry as of 2012.


The Big Business of The Obesity Crisis

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"In the absence of doing something about the food marketing, particularly directed at children, it's going to be hard to do much about the obesity epidemic."

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What Fighting Big Tobacco Can Teach Us About Taxing Sugary Drinks

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In 1994, Dr. Kelly Brownell proposed the radical idea of taxing unhealthy foods. More than 20 years later, soda taxes have taken hold in cities around the country. Are they working? 


Obesity: The Greatest Threat to American Society?

Monday, June 05, 2017

One doctor argues that obesity "is a greater public health challenge than anything else — any virus, any disease, and even terrorism."

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In Army Milestone, First Group of Women Graduate from Infantry Training

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The first group of women graduated from the grueling Army infantry training this month, four years after the Obama Administration ordered all combat positions open to women.

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Phoenix Takes on Problem of Disconnected Youth

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"If a kid is not working or not in school, what are they doing? They may be at home, out on the streets, basically not giving back to society. It has long-term consequences." 


New Report Warns of Growing Number of 'Disconnected Youth'

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

There are an estimated 4.9 million young Americans ages 16 to 24 who are neither working nor in school. What are the social and economic conditions holding back these young people?

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'The Poetry of Pop'

Monday, May 15, 2017

A new book argues that pop music is more than just a soundtrack to our lives, but rather the most widely disseminated form of poetic expression. 

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Measles Outbreak Hits Minnesota

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Health officials have identified around 50 cases of measles in Minnesota, and almost all of them are in the state's large Somali community. 

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