Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu is The Takeaway's Digital Content Editor.

Polly Irungu is a multimedia journalist and digital editor based in New York. She currently works as a digital content editor for New York Public Radio (WNYC) on the show The Takeaway with Tanzina Vega and Amy Walter. Most recently, she completed two insightful internships working as an online intern for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and a social media intern for NPR. During her final year of school, she was a social media producer and digital content creator for the University of Oregon - School of Journalism Communications team, a campus editor-at-large at HuffPost, and a freelance production assistant for the PAC-12 Networks and Fox Sports.

She has also written as a contributor for Hashtag Sports, CNN iReport, Rolling Out, and HerAgenda. A National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) fellow in 2015 and 2016, she participated in the NABJ and National Association of Hispanic Journalists student newsroom to provide coverage of their historic joint convention for NABJ Monitor and Latino Reporter. She also served on the 2016-17 NABJ student representative board for Region IV. In 2016, she participated in the Online News Association (ONA) student newsroom to provide coverage of the annual conference. In 2018, she was a panelist at ONA for NBC News: The Digital People.

Previously, she has worked for Def Jam Recordings, Dell, TrackTown USA, EP Entertainment LLC, Artistic Outlet Media, and Adobe. She made the 2013 and 2014 Daily Emerald 25 Ducks Who Will Change the World list, and in May 2015 she was named the Women4Africa International Young Achiever of the Year.

You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @pollyirungu.

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

A New California Bill is a Game-Changer for the Gig Economy

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Uber and Lyft have vowed to spend $30 million to fight the bill.

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The Legacy of Venus and Serena Williams

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Serena Williams won her 100th singles victory at the Open, despite reports that she injured her ankle just days before. 

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Is Vaping More Dangerous Than It Seems?

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Hundreds of patients with severe respiratory illnesses have reported using e-cigarette products.

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Need for Home Care Workers Grows, But They're Exploited

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

These positions are among the hardest and lowest paid in the country.

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Rural Communities Struggle to Continue Providing Emergency Medical Services

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

In the rural United States, communities depend on emergency medical services, but operating an ambulance in these areas comes with a unique set of challenges. 

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Rising Temperatures are Creating Dangerous Conditions for Workers

Monday, August 26, 2019

Over 800 workers died in the U.S. from heat exposure between 1992 and 2017.

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Politics with Amy Walter: Should We Be Worried About a Recession?

Friday, August 23, 2019

How much uncertainty has the trade war with China introduced to the market? Plus, a look at a new trading block in Africa. 

1619: How Slavery has Impacted the Empathy Gap in our Country

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Scholar Clint Smith explains why we don’t show the same empathy to those who suffer the consequences of our country’s actions against African Americans even today.

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1619: The Truth About 400 Years of Slavery

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Four hundred years ago this month, the first group of enslaved Africans were forcibly brought by British colonists to what is now the United States. 

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1619: The Racist Roots of the U.S. Wealth Gap

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sandy Darity breaks down the long term economic consequences of the aftermath of slavery and ties it into the racial wealth gap that we’re seeing today.

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1619: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in the United States

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

It’s time for a historical reckoning. 

What the New Ebola Treatments Mean for Drug Development

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Two new Ebola treatments are not the only life-saving drugs on the horizon. There’s also been progress in the treatment of life-threatening diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.

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The Backlash Against Jay-Z's Partnership with the NFL

Monday, August 19, 2019

The rapper’s company will serve as the “entertainment strategist” for the football league, and many are calling into question Jay-Z’s motives.

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Has Anything Changed in Flint?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Like in 2016, the 2020 presidential candidates continue to talk about and visit Flint, yet many residents still don't have safe water. 

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Why Aren't There More Female Esports Competitors?

Monday, August 05, 2019

As esports becomes more popular, the gender divide amongst its competitors is becoming more apparent.

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Remembering the Red Summer, 100 Years Later

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Black communities faced unprecedented violence during the Red Summer of 1919, and responded with activism that laid the groundwork for modern protest movements. 

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Democratic Debates in Detroit and Where Black Voters Stand in 2020

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Democrats lost many black voters in 2016. The Democratic debates in Detroit, a majority-black city, could show how Democrats plan to get those votes back in 2020.

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Police Departments are Struggling to Help Officers With Their Mental Health, But It's Not Always Welcome

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Police departments around the country are trying to break the culture of silence around mental health struggles.

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Tinder Now Issues Alerts to LGBTQ Users Entering Countries Where Same-Sex Relationships are Criminalized

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tinder has warned LGBTQ users to exercise caution when connecting to people in these countries as law enforcement has been known to use the app for entrapment. 

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Departure of Dan Coats Signals New Direction for Intelligence Agencies Heading into 2020

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be stepping down next month, after a tenure that saw him clash with President Trump over Russian election meddling.

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