Elaine Chen


The Takeaway

Elaine Chen is a producer for The Takeaway.

Elaine came to The Takeaway from WLRN-Miami Herald News, where she produced a weekly politics show and worked on special projects.

The US Capitol building is shown under construction in 1860. President Abraham Lincoln directed that work continue through the Civil War.

Washington was once quite literally a ‘cesspool’


The history of Washington features plenty of mudslinging, fighting and division, and that’s without even going inside Congress. Here’s how the capital developed from the small, dirty, disorganized town it was in the 19th century into today’s capital — and how that history still shapes the city.

El Salvador's defense minister, General Rafael Humberto Larios, speaks during a news conference in San Salvador in a 1990 file photo. Larios and eight other former Salvadoran soldiers were arrested in 2011 for suspected involvement in the 1989 killing of

How justice for slain Americans took a backseat to Cold War politics

A pair of gray wolves in an undated file photo that were moved from the Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, wolf refuge, to a new refuge in northern New Jersey.

How success saving the gray wolf may backfire on environmentalists

Supporters look on at a news conference on Capitol Hill led by Democratic senators and congressmen in support of a proposed constitutional amendment for campaign finance reform on September 8, 2014.

Here’s how you beat the 1 percent at politics

Global Politics
A nurse attends to an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit of the Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Deaths among low-income children are making the US a leader in infant mortality

Michele Mattana of Sardinia, Italy, poses with an iPhone 6 Plus and an iPhone 6 on the first day of sales at the Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan on September 19, 2014.

Some customers are bent out of shape after Apple’s big iPhone launch


Within days of launching the iPhone 6, Apple faced major problems with updates to iOS and claims that its new phones were bending in the pockets of users. Apple is downplaying the reports, but does the raft of problems mean people might think twice about buying the new phone?