Marco Werman

Host

The World

Marco Werman is the host of PRI's 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.

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'For the Sake of' song becomes anthem for protests in Iran

In the somber ballad, musician Shervin Hajipour sings of why Iranians are rising up in protest: “For dancing in the streets," he intones. “For my sister, for your sister, for our sisters.”

'For the Sake of' song becomes anthem for protests in Iran
Luke Sital-Singh's new single is called "Me & God."

Musician Luke Sital-Singh finds catharsis by singing a song to God

Musician Luke Sital-Singh finds catharsis by singing a song to God
Tributes left outside the former home of Amy Winehouse in Camden, London, Friday, July 23, 2021, on the 10th anniversary of the iconic British singer's death from accidental alcohol poisoning.

The World remembers singer Amy Winehouse on the 10th anniversary of her death

The World remembers singer Amy Winehouse on the 10th anniversary of her death
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Brazilian Rodrigo Amarante’s solo album ‘Drama’ testifies to a rich musical career

Brazilian Rodrigo Amarante’s solo album ‘Drama’ testifies to a rich musical career
A display of a variety of guns on a table made from unauthorized parts

President Biden set to further regulate 'ghost guns'

President Biden set to further regulate 'ghost guns'
Several large boats are shown on their side and washed ashore following a tsunami as shown from across a body of water.

It’s been 10 years since Fukushima. What’s it like to rebuild in a city that ‘doesn’t exist’?

The World revisits the Saeki family in Ishinomaki, Japan, which was one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated the country on March, 11, 2011.

It’s been 10 years since Fukushima. What’s it like to rebuild in a city that ‘doesn’t exist’?
Marco Werman is shown with a microphone and his dog Frankie sitting on his lap.

Marco Werman: Your support keeps us going

Despite all the chaos and uncertainty of 2020, our end-of-year fundraising campaign has inspired over 600 listeners from every corner of the globe to support us. If you can contribute to what we're doing, then this is our message: we still need you.

Marco Werman: Your support keeps us going
(Clockwise from top left) Meklit Hadero in red lighting, Sinkane stsnding in front of wooden wall, Diana Gameros standing in front of a brick wall and Hello Psychaleppo looking down at a keyboard.

Four musicians grapple with the same question: What is home?

“Movement,” a one-hour special from The World, brings you stories of global migration through music. Together, host Marco Werman and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero blend song and narrative in a meditation on what it means to be American. We follow a once-undocumented singer in San Francisco on a long-awaited trip back to Mexico, reflect on the experience of exile with a Syrian DJ and hear a Sudanese American artist play his first-ever show in Sudan — all guided by Hadero as she reflects on her own American story.

Four musicians grapple with the same question: What is home?
A compilation of six photographs of The World staff on various assignments around the globe including in Ghana, Mexico and Antarctica.

Marco Werman: We are The World

Who we are matters because we bring our full selves to this job. The World newsroom gets to the bottom of every story, takes risks and highlights the communities most impacted by the headlines. I ask you to take a moment in your busy day to meet us, to see who we are. And while you’re there, please consider supporting the work we do.

Marco Werman: We are The World
Marco Werman is shown looking to his right and wearing a red lanyard.

Marco Werman: 'We are all connected'

Reporting in the world of COVID-19, we need your support.

Marco Werman: 'We are all connected'
A camera man films two rappers battling.

Russia’s rap scene: No place for politics

Rap is now mainstream in Russia. The sound is everywhere: in clubs, on the radio and in stores. But despite a culture of speaking out on issues in the West, why do many rappers in Russia avoid talking about the country’s big problems?

Russia’s rap scene: No place for politics
Marco Werman walks across Red Square in Moscow. Behind him is the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral.

Marco Werman: A Cold War baby visits Putin's Russia

Marco Werman visited Russia for the first time earlier this year. In Moscow, he saw the careful editing of Soviet history and the rise of Western commercialism.

Marco Werman: A Cold War baby visits Putin's Russia
Marco Werman in the studio on the right-hand side facing Ai Weiwei

Host Marco Werman's favorite interviews of 2018

From artist Ai Weiwei, to the coach of Afghanistan's national women’s team Kelly Lindsey, host Marco Werman shares his favorite interviews of 2018.

Host Marco Werman's favorite interviews of 2018
Favorite albums of 2018

The World's favorite albums of 2018

There was a lot of great music released this year, but we had to narrow it down. Here's a selection of our favorites as chosen by The World's Marco Werman, April Peavey and Brandi Fullwood.

The World's favorite albums of 2018
Two adults sit at the front of an elementary school classroom as children's heads fill the bottom of the frame.

These fourth graders penned climate change poetry inspired by our coverage

A story from The World inspired a Boston 4th grader to write a poem about climate change and the Amazon. Then her whole class got into the act.

These fourth graders penned climate change poetry inspired by our coverage