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:

'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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"It's Fueled My Fire": Formerly-Imprisoned Journalist Reflects One Year Since Khashoggi's Death

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Washington Post writer Jason Rezaian reflects on his colleague Jamal Khashoggi's legacy.

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Amber Guyger's Conviction and the 'Castle Doctrine'

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

The former Dallas police officer was found guilty of killing her unarmed black neighbor in his own apartment last year.

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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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