Marco Werman


The World

Marco Werman is the host of The World.

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 the Israeli town of Tkuma, about 3 miles from the Gaza strip, vehicles in various states of destruction sit in a giant lot.

‘I’m processing’: Israelis and international tourists visit sites of Oct. 7 attacks 

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Many visitors in Israel, both local and international have traveled within Israel to the sites of the Hamas attacks on Oct. 7, 2023. Host Marco Werman was in Israel recently and asked some of these visitors why they decided to visit these sites of violence. Their answers are varied — and complex.

‘He was killed with no justification’: In the West Bank, a Palestinian family grieves the death of their oldest son

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Israelis mark 6 months since attacks in the south of the country

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Parents of hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin speak up about latest deal to get him home

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‘We have to cut back on everything’: Palestinian farmers in West Bank say water is in short supply

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‘Sacred refuge:’ This cultural center provides a safe space for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem

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FeelBeit is an event space and bar in Jerusalem that brings together Palestinian and Israeli artists to share the stage. Before Oct. 7, 2023, this was already a difficult thing to do. But after, it’s been almost impossible. FeelBeit closed for a while but realized that it was important to reopen their doors. The World’s Marco Werman went there to see what it’s all about.

‘I am representing the Palestinian minority’: Palestinian Israeli politician on the future for both sides of the war and US role

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A small population of Palestinians and Arabs that live in Israel are considered Israeli citizens and have all the rights of the country. That includes politically. Sami Abu Shehadeh is a former member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset and chairman of the Balad party. The party represents the interests of Palestinians and Arab Israelis. Host Marco Werman spoke with Shehadeh at his office in Jaffa about the current situation in Gaza and what it means for the future of both sides in this war.

A woman wearing a light blue blouse with a black blazer sitting down next to an Israeli flag

‘Our main goal is to bring our family members back to Israel’ Israeli MP says

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Host Marco Werman is in the Middle East this week to gauge the mood of both Israelis and Palestinians six months after the war between Israel and Hamas began. On Oct. 7 last year, Hamas militants attacked southern Israel, killing about 1,200 people and taking over 200 people hostage. Israel hit back with strikes on the Gaza Strip, and the death toll there has been mounting, including thousands of children. Host Marco Werman spoke with Sharren Haskel, of the New Hope party and member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset for her thoughts on the status of the war today.

Image from a poster depicting a toucan at the new exhibition, "Imaginary Amazon," at the University of San Diego, featuring works by contemporary artists, many of them Indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon. 

‘Imaginary Amazon’ exhibition counters negative stereotypes through contemporary art

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University Art Gallery at San Diego State University has just unveiled an exhibit, “The Imaginary Amazon,” featuring works by contemporary artists, many of them Indigenous inhabitants of the forest. The artists’ intent is to address some of the stereotypical Western perspectives of the Amazon.

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International Guitar Night shows off diverse styles and sounds from across the globe


The World’s host Marco Werman previews two of the artists who are featured as part of the 24th annual edition of International Guitar Night touring North America.