Tanzina Vega

Host, The Takeaway

Tanzina Vega is the host of The Takeaway. She reports and speaks on issues of race, media, and inequality in the United States. She is also an Eisner Fellow at the Nation Institute, author of the forthcoming book "Uppity," and a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

Tanzina has contributed to CNN, CNNMoney, WNYC Radio, Reuters television, Billboard magazine and The New York Times, where she won an Emmy award for outstanding new approaches in documentary media and various awards from the National Press Photographers Association.

NPR’s Code Switch called called her one of their “Journalists — Of Color! — To Watch” and The Huffington Post listed Tanzina as one of the 40 top Latinos in American media.


Tanzina Vega appears in the following:

How "Learning Pods" Could Heighten Inequities in the U.S. School System

Monday, August 03, 2020

Rather than deal with their school districts directly this fall, some parents are creating alternative education systems for their children, a move that could increase disparities.

Journalists Need to Improve Coverage of People with Disabilities

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Today, about 1 in 4 adults live with a disability in the U.S. Yet that’s rarely reflected in news coverage.

Louis Gossett Jr. on His Latest Role in 'The Cuban'

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Legendary actor Louis Gossett Jr. continues to take on big roles, and does not plan to slow down.  

Even With PPP Loans, Small Businesses Struggle to Stay Afloat

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program loans—also known as PPP loans—were intended to help small businesses weather the storm of COVID-19. 

Has Fashion Become More Accessible?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Today, about 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. live with a disability. For many of those people, it can be difficult to find clothing that’s both stylish and functional. 

A COVID-19 Outbreak Has Cast a Shadow on Major League Baseball's Season

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Can MLB really have a season amid a global pandemic?     

How the American Suburbs Were Created — and How Their Voter Base Is Changing

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The American suburbs are no longer the suburbs of the 50s. 

How Stronger Unions Affect Working Conditions in the Age of COVID-19

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

While union memberships are falling, labor strikes across the country continue, especially during the pandemic.

How Should Cities Rethink Accessibility?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities still face major barriers in U.S. cities. 

What Does Summertime Sound Like This Year?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

In lieu of a song of the summer this year, we take it back to a 90s classic: "Summertime."

The Dual Risks of COVID-19 and Hurricanes

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Texas is one of several states including Florida, Louisiana, and North Carolina facing the risk of hurricanes amid rising COVID-19 cases.

How Can We Protect Essential Workers During the Pandemic?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Essential workers have been on the frontlines for the American people since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we take a look at what's being done or not done for them. 

Summer Movie Season Suffers Major Blow from COVID-19

Monday, July 27, 2020

Due to health risks during the pandemic, only about a quarter of movie theaters in the U.S. are currently open. 

Are We Looking at Family Separation 2.0?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Two years ago, this issue of family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border was in the national spotlight. But has anything really changed since then?

Wisconsin's Absentee Voting Challenges Spell Trouble for November

Monday, July 27, 2020

The recent primary elections in Wisconsin showed there are still many issues with absentee voting that need to be addressed before November.

In the U.S., People with Disabilities Face Major Challenges to Voting

Monday, July 27, 2020

While the Americans with Disabilities Act intended to make polling places more accessible to people with disabilities, they remain largely inaccessible to this day.

The Push for More Latino Representation in Journalism

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Earlier this week, Latino journalists at the Los Angeles Times sent an open letter to leadership demanding better newsroom representation.

How Communities in Chicago Are Combating Rising Gun Violence Amid COVID-19

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Overall crime is down in Chicago, but homicides and shootings have increased by nearly 50 percent compared to the same time period last year. How are communities handling the increase?

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.

Where Have All the Quiet Places Gone?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Truly quiet places are becoming increasingly rare, even in some of the most remote parts of the world.