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

Love in Davos

Davos, Switzerland is getting a lot of attention this week as the site of The World Economic Forum, but it's also drawing other forums that are exploring other subjects, like the science of love

Chaos in Gaza

Thousands of Palestinians streamed into Egypt today, in spite of efforts by Egyptian authorities to close Gaza's southern border, as Anchor Marco Werman gets the latest from BBC Gaza correspondent Aleem Maqbool.

The state of global markets

There's been a lot of fear and anxiety this week as the world's financial markets took a number of plunges, and Anchor Marco Werman looks back at the week and discusses what may be ahead with Philip Coggan

Afghan student faces death sentence

A journalism student in Afghanistan has been sentenced to death by an Afghan court on charges of blasphemy, as Anchor Marco Werman gets the latest from Jean McKenzie, Afghanistan Program Director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

Global Hit

Global Hit - Saba

Next week a new CD will come out by an Italy-based singer named Saba. Saba taps into the music of the horn of Africa. But as The World's Marco Werman explains, one geographic location doesn't fully reflect Saba's own story.

Al Qaeda and Thailand

Muslim rebels in Thailand have been battling Buddhist government forces for four years, and the government admitted today that it's far from winning, and suggested that the rebels may be getting support from al-Qaeda

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