Arwa Gunja

 Arwa Gunja is Senior Producer of The Takeaway.

At The Takeaway, she helped to produce a three-part series on voters in Lake County, Ohio during the 2012 presidential campaign season and produced and edited a digital media project commemorating the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.  Arwa also oversees editorial content during breaking news events, including Hurricane Sandy, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Arwa joined The Takeaway in December 2009. Before that, she was a producer at NPR, where she worked on several programs, including Morning Edition and Tell Me More. She also worked with the network's Election Unit to cover the 2008 presidential election, including election night coverage and President Barack Obama's inauguration.

In spring 2012, Arwa was selected as a fellow with the International Center for Journalists, based in Washington, D.C. Through the fellowship, she traveled to France to report on the impacts of the country's "burqa ban" legislation one year later.

Arwa graduated from New York University in 2007 with a degree in journalism. 

Arwa Gunja appears in the following:

The Takeaway Weekender: Tips For Hosting, Cooking & Eating Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway weekender!


A Heartfelt Goodbye to The Genius of Mike Nichols

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols was a legendary artist who was always learning. Known for films like "The Graduate," "Catch-22," and "The Birdcage," Nichols died yesterday at the age of 83.

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After Years in Limbo, Senate to Vote on Keystone XL

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Keystone XL pipeline has been in political limbo for years. Sen. John Hoeven explains why Congress has decided to move forward on Keystone legislation now.

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The Takeaway Weekender: Power, War, and The Best of The Web

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!


Voting Easier Than Netflix? How the Internet Can Kill Voter Apathy

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Seth Flaxman is trying to modernize democracy. He's the co-founder of TurboVote, an online platform that claims to make voting "as easy as renting a DVD from Netflix."

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Migrant Crisis Escalates Worldwide

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In 2014 alone, as many as 74,000 unaccompanied children will show up at the U.S.-Mexico border. More than 130,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean from Africa.

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For Maria Bamford, Mental Illness & Comedy Collide

Friday, November 07, 2014

Maria Bamford often plays an exaggerated version of herself. But she's also navigating a complicated, disturbing, and not so funny world of mental illness.

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New Album Features Obituaries Set to Song

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A few years ago, Jascha Hoffman was a freelancer writing obituaries and struggling to write songs for a third album. He soon realized that the two vocations went well together.

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It's Time to Rethink Counterterrorism

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Thousands of veterans have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the Middle East has grown only more chaotic with the rising tide of the Islamic State.

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Dallas Pulls Back the Curtain on Police Shootings

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Dallas Police Department is launching a website that details every officer-involved shooting over the last 12 years. Chief David Brown explains why. 


From Addiction to Champion: Lessons From a High School Coach

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coach Martin Jacobson kicked his heroin habit and managed to stay off by playing soccer. It changed his life, he says, and now he's helping young New Yorkers to stay on track in school.


What it Takes to Be a Marine Corps Sniper

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Of all the roles a member of the armed forces can play on the battlefield, perhaps none is as terrifying as that of a sniper. Two Marine Corps snipers reflect on their jobs. 

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Walter Isaacson on The History of the Future

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Here, author Walter Isaacson argues that big tech breakthroughs aren’t the work of solitary geniuses, but the result of collective cultural processes.


In Wake of Scandal, Ray Rice's High School Teaches Students to Grow

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Rochelle High School, the alma mater of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, is teaching students about domestic and dating violence in the wake of Rice's abuses.

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New Series Shows a 'Twisted' & 'Paranoid' Nixon

Friday, October 24, 2014

In his new web series, "Nixon's the One," Harry Shearer transforms into President Nixon, reenacting bizarre moments from the president's White House tapes.

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Language & Politics Divide Navajo Nation

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Navajo Nation presidential candidate just got booted off the ballot because, like many young people in the tribe, he can't speak Navajo fluently. Now some wonder if the law is fair. 

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Valerie Plame on the New Age of National Security

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Valerie Plame and her husband were whistleblowers in the lead up to the Iraq War. She reflects on Iraq today, Edward Snowden's revelations, and her new novel.

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Improvising with Jason Schwartzman

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Actor Jason Schwartzman talks about his new role in "Listen Up Philip," explains how director Wes Anderson has influenced his career, and improvises in The Takeaway studios.

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A Real-Life Spy Thriller: New Doc Reveals The Story Behind Snowden

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More than a year after NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the government's surveillance programs, a new documentary chronicles Snowden's story.

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Under Her Skin: Stories of Living With Breast Cancer

Saturday, October 18, 2014

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Takeaway is delivering you a special edition of our weekend podcast.