Reema Khrais

Host and Reporter


Reema Khrais is the host of the Marketplace podcast, “This is Uncomfortable,” a narrative show about life and how money messes with it.

Reema first joined Marketplace in 2016 as a general assignment reporter where she covered everything from immigration and education to retail and employment. In the summer of 2018, she was selected as an ICFJ Bringing the World Home Fellow and traveled to Turkey to report on the economic lives of Syrian refugees for Marketplace. Prior to that, she covered education policy for North Carolina Public Radio as the station’s Fletcher Fellow. Reema got her start in audio as an NPR Kroc Fellow, which included a reporting stint at WNYC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is fluent in Arabic.

She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she spends her free time hiking, making ceramics and spoiling her orange cat.

Latest Stories (217)

This is a season of transformation

Apr 19, 2024
Reema recaps our latest season and reveals Team Uncomfortable's summer plans in the latest newsletter.
"This Is Uncomfortable" host Reema Khrais
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This is lookism at work

Mar 8, 2024
Plus: A splurgy date night, further reading from our K-beauty episode and more in this week's newsletter.
Office workers in Seoul, 2005. Until recently, most office jobs in South Korea required a headshot.
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This is life in a war zone

Feb 9, 2024
In this week's newsletter: Behind the scenes of the stop-and-start process connecting with a source in Gaza.
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This is a wrap on 2023

Dec 15, 2023
Plus: “The One Recipe” host Jesse Sparks defends his splurge and our team shares their best holiday recs in this week's newsletter.

We're used to spam calls and emails. How about spam texts?

Aug 1, 2023
Cutting off advertising conversations in your text messages "is a little bit of a game of whack-a-mole," Vox reporter Emily Stewart says.
A positive of SMS marketing? Companies "probably aren't going to inundate you the same way that they will with emails because there's a cost factor to it," says Vox reporter Emily Stewart.
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The class of 2023 is graduating into a challenging job market

Apr 5, 2023
The jobless rate for young workers has jumped since late 2021 and loan repayment is back on the table. Soon-to-be grads are scrambling.
New grads are entering a tougher hiring environment than last year's class. "There are jobs," says Wall Street Journal reporter Lindsay Ellis, but "it is a longer journey than many soon-to-be college grads would like."
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What Argentina’s inflation crisis says about trust in economic institutions

"It really is important to remember that confidence and trust really underpin our financial system," says Emily Stewart of Vox.
"You have to be pretty savvy to survive in the economy [in Argentina], because your money obviously is constantly losing value," says Vox's Emily Stewart.
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"Dark patterns": The deceptive arts of e-commerce

Jan 16, 2023
Emily Stewart of Vox explains how web tactics like countdown clocks and inventory trackers can create a false sense of urgency for consumers.
Many e-commerce sites use well-honed tactics to influence consumers to "buy, buy, buy." Emily Stewart advises consumers to learn about them and avoid impulsive shopping.
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