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:

A Kernel of Truth Behind the Myth of Atlantis

Friday, March 06, 2015

There really was a maritime city that Plato used to base his story of Atlantis, and there's a good chance a tsunami washed through it. But why are so many people still searching?

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Iran's Role in Iraq's Fight Against ISIS

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Iranian allied, Shiite militiamen are fighting ISIS in Tikrit alongside the Iraqi Army. Is Iran trying to inflame sectarian tensions?

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The Clinton Email Scandal: All About Benghazi?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Clinton's use of a private email address to conduct official government business has drawn the ire of Republicans who have been investigating the attack on Benghazi.

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Is Venezuela the New Cuba?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

There's another bump in the road for relations between the United States and Venezuela after President Nicolás Maduro issued diplomatic sanctions against the U.S.

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Iraqi Military Moves to Reclaim City from ISIS

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Iraqi military began a large scale operation on Monday to retake the city of Tikrit from the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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GOP Senator: FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality 'Smacks of Big Government'

Friday, February 27, 2015

Republican Sen. John Thune says that while he's not surprised by the FCC's decision, he is disappointed. 

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Former DHS Chief to GOP: You've Picked The Wrong Battle

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tom Ridge, the nation's first director of Homeland Security, urges members of Congress to pass a clean bill and keep DHS funded.  

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Why Young Women Join ISIS

Thursday, February 26, 2015

At least 550 Western women have joined the self-proclaimed Islamic State. One Muslim activist explains the appeal for young women, and how to stop this recruitment. 

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An Intimate & Complicated History of Women in Pakistan

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In her new memoir "The Upstairs Wife," author and activist Rafia Zakaria takes an in-depth look at the role of women in Pakistan, beginning with the women in her family.  

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At the Heart of ISIS, a Battle Over Islam

Monday, February 23, 2015

A new article in The Atlantic argues that the U.S. can't effectively fight ISIS unless we understand the group's adherence to Islam, but critics say ISIS fighters aren't true Muslims. 

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Lunar New Year: Fighting to Keep Tradition Alive

Thursday, February 19, 2015

For a younger generation of Asian-Americans growing up in the United States, celebrating the Lunar New Year has become an afterthought.

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What the 2015 Grammys Got Right and Wrong

Monday, February 09, 2015

The 57th annual Grammy Awards were last night, and the big winners were Sam Smith and Beck, while Taylor Swift had a rough time. Soundcheck's John Schaefer re-hashes how it played out.

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Does the GOP Really Want to Abolish the IRS?

Monday, February 09, 2015

A dedicated page featured on the Republican Party website reads, "Stand with the GOP and Fight to Abolish the IRS." But few Republicans will come out and say it. 

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The Weekender: Stories of Surviving Breast Cancer

Saturday, February 07, 2015

This is a special podcast focused on our six-month-long audio storytelling series, "Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer."

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Autism, All Grown Up

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

For adults with autism, it can be difficult to find services and programs to help navigate the world and job market. 

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Bored & Brilliant Challenge: Put Away Your Phone!

Monday, February 02, 2015

WNYC's New Tech City is challenging listeners to put away their phones in their new "Bored and Brilliant" project.

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American Jails: A 'Desperate' Netherworld

Friday, January 30, 2015

Recent investigations have found myriad problems on Rikers Island, the biggest jail complex in New York City. A former corrections commissioner has ideas for lasting change on Rikers.

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As Ebola Case Drop, American Doctor Speaks Out

Friday, January 30, 2015

As the number of confirmed Ebola cases declines, Dr. Craig Spencer tells his story of being the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in New York City.

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Want a Diploma? Pass the Citizenship Exam First

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Arizona has become the first state to require all high school students to pass a citizenship exam in order to graduate. We created a quiz with real questions from the test—take it here. 

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The World Gets Quieter in the Snow. It's Science.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yes, there are fewer cars on the roads. More people are holed up indoors. But if you put the human factors aside, there are actually scientific reasons why the outside gets less noisy.

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