Marco Werman Bio
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.
In Kenya today, violence erupted in a Nairobi slum and several opposition protesters were killed as government forces opened fire in Kibera
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Maina Kiai, head of Kenya's National Commission on Human Rights
Today's answer is Zambia, home to the largest population of wild hippos on earth. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Brady Barr, host of "Dangerous Encounters" on the National Geographic Channel. He was in Zambia for his latest episode, entitled "Undercover Hippo."
Anchor Marco Werman tells us why Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour has released two new CD's at the same time
One week after President Bush's visit to the Middle East to discuss a peace agreement, violence has erupted in the Gaza Strip, and Anchor Marco Werman gets the story from The World's Quil Lawrence, who's in Gaza.
The Baltic nation of Estonia is trying to make a name for itself in the world of technology, and so far, at least one of its high-tech innovations has gone global:
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Journalist Wycliffe Onyango Muga, a long-time resident of Kenya's main port city, Mombasa who says the violence in Kenya has had an impact on trade.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with reporter David McGuffin for the latest on the turmoil in Kenya following last month's disputed election, as protests continued into a second day today and police are cracking down hard.
Today's geo answer is the Ebro River in Spain. It's the site of one of the last battles of the Spanish Civil War. Many Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War...and their stories are chronicled by a group called the Lincoln Brigade Archives. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from the group's chairman, Peter Carroll.