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.
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"All Our Names" is the new work from author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant. This book has been selected as the third work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club. Here, the He-Man Book Lovers Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota reflect on the book.
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An American immigrant in Israel explains why she made the decision to move and why she’s confident in the country’s future. One Arab-Israeli writer had long-embraced his role as someone who could connect and unite two cultures. But the recent violence has become too much for him—and he’s finally left Israel.
Writer Roxane Gay is all about living in the contradictions. The self-proclaimed "bad feminist" doesn't feel guilty for dancing to rap that degrades women or enjoying "The Bachelor." She says feminism is messy, and that capital-F feminism could do with a little more messiness.
In June 1969 during the Vietnam War, an Australian aircraft carrier collided with an American ship in the South China Sea. There were 200 lost that day, including 74 U.S. sailors. But these 74 names have not been included on the Vietnam Memorial.
This week, The Takeaway's partner The New York Times launched "High Time: An Editorial Series on Marijuana Legalization." Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor for The New York Times, explains why the paper took this stance.
The violence rages on in Israel and Palestine this week. Amid the escalating humanitarian crisis, The Takeaway hears from a woman who was born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." That has become something of a motto for the National Rifle Association. But according to a new report by Mother Jones magazine, a bad guy with a gun might be the NRA's top lawyer.
Through 30 days of fasting, from sunrise to sunset, Muslims are encouraged to spend time in prayer and reflection. As Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan, we bring you these voices of reflection from around the country.
The Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was carrying nearly 300 people. Both Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists the country is fighting have denied shooting it down.
It’s the height of wildfire season across the west, with two separate fires burning in Oregon and another reported this weekend in northern California. Retired smoke jumper Jeff Davis explains how the fire management techniques of his generation led to the disastrous conditions of today.
Brazil suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany earlier this week. The loss is being compared to the infamous 1950’s defeat of Brazil by Uruguay in the final match of the World Cup. Dario Campos was 20 years old when Brazil and Uruguay played in 1950, and he's part of the last generation to have witnessed both games.
In a speech aired on WNYC in 1957, poet and civil rights icon Langston Hughes grappled with finding an authentic American voice in the face of prejudice.
Over the last thirty years, researchers have found a widening survival divide between black women and white women diagnosed with breast cancer. Today The Takeaway launches "Under Her Skin: Living with Breast Cancer," a series about the women behind those dire statistics.
Lisa Echols is 46-years-old. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2013 after doctors spotted an abnormality in her annual mammogram. She says she is a wife, mother and friend first—and a woman fighting cancer second.
Crystal Miller is 28-years-old. She found a lump in her breast in November 2013, and was diagnosed with breast cancer a month later. As a nurse and cancer researcher at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Crystal struggles to ignore the disease statistics she knows so well.