Polly Irungu

Digital Content Editor, The Takeaway

Polly Irungu appears in the following:

Baltimore's Mayor Embroiled in Children's Book Scandal

Thursday, April 04, 2019

There are questions about Mayor Catherine Pugh's self-published kids book, and whether or not buyers were given access to government influence.


Lori Lightfoot Voted in as Chicago's First African American Woman Mayor

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

On Tuesday, Chicago became the largest U.S. city to elect an African American woman as mayor. Now, all eyes are on how Lori Lightfoot will address issues from gun violence to policing.


In Hulu's "Shrill," a Fat-Phobic World Is the Punchline

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Shrill, based on the Lindy West memoir of the same name, explores the personal story of a self-described fat woman in pursuit of her own lost power.


Why Country Music Classifications Often Fall Along Racial Lines

Monday, April 01, 2019

Last month, Billboard removed the country-trap song, “Old Town Road,” from its country chart. The decision has highlighted how music genres are often classified along racial lines.


Ogossagou Massacre: More Than 150 Fulani Villagers Killed in Mali

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Part of the rise in violence against the Fulani herding population has come because of charges that the nomadic herding group has ties to Islamist militant groups.


Hunger 9 Strike to Raise Awareness on Gun Violence in Miami

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Although crime has gone down overall in Miami-Dade County, gun violence disproportionately affects black neighborhoods. 


Ethiopian Airlines Crash Prompts Questions About Innovation and Safety

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This was the second time in five months that a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has crashed.


No Charges Against Sacramento Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Last Year

Monday, March 04, 2019

The Sacramento district attorney announced this weekend that no charges would be filed against two officers who killed Stephon Clark in his grandmother's backyard last year.


Africa's Sleeping Giant Goes to the Polls

Monday, February 25, 2019

There’s a lot at stake in these elections — especially when it comes to the Nigerian economy.


Oakland Teachers Strike Amid Longstanding Troubles in California Education System

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Despite recent efforts to redesign school funding in the state of California, strikes over the past year suggest that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.


After Kaepernick's Collusion Settlement, What's Next for NFL Player Activism?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Last week, Colin Kaepernick settled a grievance with the NFL in which he alleged that NFL owners colluded to bar him from the league. Exact details of the settlement remain confidential.


"We Are Here to Tell the Stories of Our Fallen Peers": Teen Journalists Documenting Gun Violence

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hundreds of student journalists have documented every life lost to gun violence in the year since the Parkland shooting.


Some Are Striking, Some Are Leaving: One Teacher on the State of His Profession Today

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Teachers are striking, and many are leaving the profession. One says teachers are recognizing their worth, even as the country continues to devalue them.


Over 700 Victims: New Report Exposes Sexual Abuse in Southern Baptist Churches

Monday, February 11, 2019

An investigation from the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News shines a light at disturbing sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches.


Freezing Conditions in Federal Detention Facility Raise Alarm

Monday, February 04, 2019

According to the detainees, attorneys and media reports, the more than 1,600 inmates were largely confined to their freezing, dark cells.