Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Multimedia journalist, digital editor, and photographer Polly Irungu is the founder of Black Women Photographers, a community and online database of Black women photographers.

Polly is a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC), where she is responsible for managing social media for WNYC and PRX’s ‘The Takeaway’, a national NPR show with over 2 million listeners, pitching news stories and features for The Takeaway and her podcast is ranked the 4th most downloaded, amongst others. 

As a photographer, Polly’s work has been published in numerous publications, including Refinery29, NPR, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CNN, HuffPost, OkayPlayer, OkayAfrica, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the University of Oregon.

In 2017, Polly completed a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Polly has lived around the world from Nairobi, Kenya to Topeka, Kansas to Eugene, Oregon to Washington, D.C., and ultimately to Brooklyn, New York.

Polly Irungu has spoken about social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, African media, COVID-19, and photojournalism at US institutions such as the University of Oregon, and as a panelist for The Guardian - Nigeria, Public Ambition, Twitter, NBC News, Hustle Summit, National Association of Black Journalists, and Online News Association. 

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

The Future of Policing in America

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Takeaway recently convened five voices—across law enforcement, advocacy, academia—and asked them to come together to talk about the way forward.

'Father Soldier Son,' Presidential Protocol, Black Women Photography Community, Dinner Party, Edie Falco

Thursday, July 16, 2020

'Father Soldier Son' documentary. Former U.S. chief of protocol. Black Women Photographers community. Dinner Party new album. Edie Falco on 'The True.' 

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What Vogue's Latest Cover Tells Us About Diversity in Photography

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Earlier this week, the magazine Vogue came under fire for the cover of its August issue, which features the celebrated gymnast Simone Biles photographed by Annie Leibovitz.  

A Photography Community for Black Women

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Polly Irungu on founding Black Women Photographers.

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Black Women Photographers Collective

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

WNYC
A global collective aims to get Black women photographers hired more consistently by newsrooms and media organizations. 

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Georgia Passes States First Hate Crimes Bill

Thursday, June 25, 2020

On Tuesday, Georgia lawmakers passed the state’s first hate-crimes legislation.

How a Lengthy Delay in COVID-19 Stimulus Funding Impacted Tribal Governments

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Months after the CARES Act was signed into law, some of the money has still not been distributed to tribal government hoping to soften the financial damage from COVID-19.

WNBA Star Renee Montgomery Skipping the Season to Fight for Social Justice

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

We sit down the WNBA’s Renee Montgomery who is sitting out this season to focus on social justice.

Do Major Sports Leagues Really Support the Racial Justice Uprising?

Monday, June 22, 2020

The NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, and even NASCAR have all made statements in support of Black Lives Matter. But whether leagues are planning to back up those words with action is another matter.

Relationship Between Police and Media Grows Increasingly Tense

Thursday, June 18, 2020

As the uprising for racial justice continues around the country, journalists in the United States are increasingly the targets of direct and hostile confrontations with law enforcement.

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Calls for Financial Transparency Grow as Money Pours Into Racial Justice Organizations

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

People have been donating to racial justice organizations as calls to give to these causes continue online. But not everyone eagerly donating may know exactly where that money is going.

The Overlooked Reality of Police Violence Against Disabled Black Americans

Monday, June 15, 2020

Amidst national protests for racial justice the reality of police violence against disabled people—especially Black people—is rarely discussed.

What Are You Angry About Right Now?

Monday, June 08, 2020

We asked listeners what they’re angry about right now. Here’s what they said.

What Does Celebrating Pride Month Look Like at This Moment?

Monday, June 08, 2020

For members of the black LGBTQ+ community, this moment has been a reminder of the parallels between what we’re seeing today and the early days of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Calls to Defund the Police Are Gaining Traction

Monday, June 08, 2020

As protests continue over the killing of black people by police, calls to defund police departments are gaining traction. 

The Toll of Covering Police Brutality as a Black Journalist

Thursday, June 04, 2020

For black journalists, this moment is especially complex, with the weight of having to cover the brutality they’re seeing while also being black in America.

The Lack of Attention for Violence Against Black Trans People

Thursday, June 04, 2020

As people around the country protest the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, another case of alleged police brutality is emerging in Tallahassee, Florida.

Meat Plant Workers Are Falling Ill with Coronavirus — But We Don't Know the Scale

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Meat plants around the country rely on immigrant labor in their facilities.

COVID-19 Gives New Urgency to Doctors Running for Office

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

COVID-19 has given us all a newfound appreciation for health care workers. But could that kind of enthusiasm translate into votes?

DeVos Quietly Releases New Rules on Campus Sexual Assault Amid Pandemic

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Many advocacy organizations are unsurprisingly concerned about the impact this will have on survivors coming forward.