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:

Drawn Out: The Value of a Vote, From Pennsylvania to the Supreme Court

Friday, February 16, 2018

The nation finds itself at a turning point in a major fight over redistricting and gerrymandering. This special podcast takes you on a tour to find out if we can fix the system.

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Girl Scouts Fight to Change Name of Savannah Bridge

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Girl Scouts in Georgia are hoping to rename the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge for Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Talmadge was a segregationist governor of Georgia.

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New Kansas Governor Hits the Ground Running

Monday, February 05, 2018

Now that Sam Brownback is officially serving as an ambassador for the Trump administration, Republican Jeff Colyer is the new governor of Kansas. Is Colyer up for the task? 


House Republicans Release Controversial Memo

Friday, February 02, 2018

After getting the go-ahead from President Trump, House Republicans made the GOP memo public on Friday. 

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FEMA Ends Aid to Puerto Rico: What's Next

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Some officials in Puerto Rico think FEMA's decision is premature, since an estimated 1 million people still remain without power and roughly 118,000 don’t have access to clean water.

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Americans Divided Over the Health of the U.S. Economy

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Do average Americans feel the economy is working for them? 


Musician PJ Morton's "Gumbo" is a Personal Story of Struggle, Resistance and Hope

Friday, January 26, 2018

Musician PJ Morton, landed two Grammy nominations for his solo album "Gumbo." Ahead of the Grammy Awards, Morton speaks with The Takeaway about how politics have shaped his sound.


Families Reckon with Abuse After Nassar's Sentencing

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The case of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has raised questions for parents about whom to trust with the care of child athletes.

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As ICE Cracks Down, Activists Feel Targeted

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been targeting people living here illegally with criminal records, but a series of arrests of prominent immigrant activists has raised questions.

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Turkish Campaign Against Syrian Kurds Continues

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Americans haven't heard much about the ongoing war in Syria lately, but there’s a new front in the conflict with complicated and high stakes for the U.S.


A Key Question on North Korea: Are Sanctions The Best Way Forward?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Increasingly tougher sanctions from the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and others have failed to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.

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Walmart Offers Raises to Some and Layoffs For Others

Friday, January 12, 2018

The nation's largest employer had good news for most of its 1.4 million employees yesterday. What does Walmart's announcement mean for the future of retail work?


Congress Leaves CHIP Unfunded Despite Bipartisan Consensus

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

At the end of 2017, Congress passed a stopgap spending bill for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). But it's already clear that the funding is not enough.


Immigration Actions Accelerate Under Trump

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

As the Trump Administration continues to end long-standing U.S. immigration policies, families face uncertainty, and many face the prospect of danger and death in their homelands. 

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New Rule Lets Low-Income Families Move Out of Poor Neighborhoods

Friday, January 05, 2018

There are about four million Americans who have some kind of housing assistance. Now, some of those families have an opportunity to move into more affluent areas.


North Korea Looks South as Tension Grows With the U.S.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

As the divisions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to deepen, it appears that Kim Jong-un is ready to look to his long-estranged neighbor: South Korea. 


Cuts to Private Pensions Leave Workers to Pick Up the Pieces

Friday, December 29, 2017

In day two of The Takeaway's coverage of the private pension system, we talk to an employee about how cuts to private pension plans hurts her and her colleagues. 


Why Private Pensions Are Becoming a Thing of the Past

Thursday, December 28, 2017

In 1990, 43 percent of private sector employees were covered by some kind of pension plan. Today, traditional pensions in the private sector are disappearing. 

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Detention of Journalists in Myanmar Raises Concerns About Press Freedoms

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Two Reuters journalists were detained earlier this month in Myanmar. Their arrests highlight the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and the government's efforts to halt news of the crisis.


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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