Marco Werman

Marco Werman Bio

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I got my first job in journalism at 16 as a copy-boy at the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I've worked in documentary photography, print, radio and television.  My radio work started in Burkina Faso in West Africa, following a three year stint with the Peace Corps in Togo.  From Burkina Faso, I moved to London to produce the BBC World Service flagship breakfast program for Africa, "Network Africa."

In 1990, I moved back to the US, and helped start up a new public radio station in upstate New York in the Adirondacks where I reported, produced and hosted a daily two-hour news and current affairs show.  Four years later, I moved to Rome, Italy where I was the correspondent for Monitor Radio.  In 1995, WGBH and The World hired me to help begin the program.  Its mission -- to bring international news to American ears in a compelling way that would make the world more relevant to them -- scratched me where I itch.  And I've been committed to that mission ever since.

Along the way, I've won some awards (the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for an original radio drama I wrote; the Sony awards for an exposé on child labor in West African gold mines; the New York Festivals for a BBC documentary on the 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso’s president; the first annual Unity award from the Radio and Television News Director’s Association for coverage of diversity issues; and an Emmy for a Frontline documentary on Libya).  But the most important honor for me remains the emails I get from listeners thanking us for the coverage we give to often little-known stories and voices from around the globe.

Recent Stories

Global Politics

US policy in Pakistan after elections

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Anatol Lieven a teacher of War Studies at King's College in London; Lieven is working on a book about Pakistan, and he explores US policy options in dealing with a new Pakistani government.

Arts, Culture & Media

Rare violin repair 1:50:

Virtuoso violinist David Garrett fell down a flight of stairs while carrying his instrument after a performance, he was fine, but Anchor Marco Werman reports on the repairs necessary to fix his rare violin.

Environment

Geo answer

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with paleontologist Paul Sereno from the University of Chicago about his discovery of a new kind of dinosaur fossil. The discovery took place in Africa's Sahara Desert -- which is the answer to today's Geo Quiz.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global hit - Jil Aigrot

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with French singer Jil Aigrot about the parallels between herself and French musical legend Edith Piaf. Aigrot has recorded a CD of Piaf songs. She also lent her voice to "La Vie en Rose," a movie about Piaf's life.

Report says Britain a terror target

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Gwyn Prins, one of the authors of a report released in Britain today that says the United Kingdom is a "soft target" for terrorists.

Sports

Toyota's big chance at Daytona

Anchor Marco Werman tells us that Japanese car giant Toyota is hoping to win the Daytona 500 this weekend, after 3 Toyotas placed among the top 6 qualifiers.

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