Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu is The Takeaway's Digital Content Editor. She has spoken about social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, and photojournalism at US institutions such as the University of Oregon, and as a panelist for Twitter, NBC News, Hustle Summit, National Association of Black Journalists, and Online News Association. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @pollyirungu.

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

The National Archives Is Deleting Records About Trump’s ICE Policies

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

In 2017, the Archives agreed to let Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials delete or destroy documents that detail the sexual abuse and death of undocumented immigrants

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Student Homelessness is at an All-Time High

Thursday, February 06, 2020

In the 2017-2018 school year, more than 1.5 million public school children had experienced homelessness.

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Dollar Stores Continue to Boom as More Cities Implement Measures to Prevent Further Developments

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Forth Worth, Texas, has become the most recent city to pass an ordinance that will limit the number of dollar stores that can be developed. 

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When Black Critics Examine Black Art

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

A number of black critics have received pushback on social media for their criticism of the new film "Queen & Slim."

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Indigenous Communities Get Unequal Recovery Aid After a Natural Disaster

Thursday, November 21, 2019

U.S. citizens on average receive $26 per person from the federal government, but tribal citizens only get about $3 per person, per year.

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Nearly Two Thousand Dams at Risk for Failure in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

An investigation from the Associated Press found that almost 1,700 dams pose potential risk for failure in 44 states and Puerto Rico. 

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'Lionheart' Oscar Snub: A Consequence of Imperialism?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The disqualification of the Nigerian film "Lionheart" from the Best International Feature Film category has ignited a conversation about the history of colonialism.

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Two Monumental Cases are Being Argued at the Supreme Court

Thursday, November 14, 2019

This week, while all eyes have been focused on the impeachment hearings in the House, two monumental cases are being argued at the Supreme Court.

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Flint Water Crisis Finds Its Way into the Classroom

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

It’s been five years since the Flint water crisis was thrust into the national spotlight.

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Can Breathalyzers Actually Make People Safer?

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

A look at how breathalyzers in cars factor into efforts to curb the high numbers of DUIs in the U.S. today.

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'Harriet' Attempts to Capture the Life of an American Icon

Monday, November 04, 2019

'Harriet' is the first Hollywood feature film to center around the life of Harriet Tubman. But the casting of British actress Cynthia Erivo as Tubman has generated controversy.

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Georgia's Voter Purges Raise Voter Suppression Concerns

Monday, November 04, 2019

State officials announced they will purge more than 300,000 names from voter rolls.

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Boeing's CEO Finally Answers to Lawmakers

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lawmakers have been holding hearings for months to get to the bottom of what went wrong.

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Your Halloween Chocolate Most Likely Comes from Child Labor in West Africa

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Most of the cocoa cultivated in West Africa uses child labor.

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New EPA Water Rule Attempts to Deliver Safer Drinking Water

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

But the rule does fall short of removing all lead water pipes.

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Officer Fatally Shoots Black Woman During Welfare Check: "If Your Safe Space Isn't Your Home, Then Where Is It?"

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fort Worth police officer shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson through her window without announcing himself.

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Sesame Street Is Teaching Children About Addiction

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sesame Street is now taking on the topic of addiction in an effort to speak to the many children who are impacted by parents with substance abuse disorders.

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The Expectations of Forgiveness from Black Americans in the Aftermath of Violence

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

The end of Amber Guyger's trial sparked a conversation on the perceived responsibility of black people to be the moral compass.

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United Auto Workers Begin their Fourth Week of Strikes

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

As the strike continues, there is a growing concern over the larger economic impact the strike could have in General Motors's home state of Michigan.

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Bahamas Continues Hurricane Dorian Recovery Efforts as Haitians Worry About their Future in the Country

Thursday, October 03, 2019

It has been one month since Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas. As the country recovers, deep-seated anti-Haitian sentiments are once again bubbling to the surface.

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