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Reema Khrais

Host and reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm the host of “This is Uncomfortable,” a podcast about how money influences our lives and relationships. I spend most of my days interviewing people with surprising, intimate stories around money and jobs.

What was your first job?

Pizzeria hostess — for months, my diet consisted of BBQ chicken and garlic bread.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Game show presenter.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

One day, I was recording a story in the studio when LeVar Burton casually walks in, realizes he's interrupted something, apologizes profusely and leaves before I could say anything.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

A heating pad because we work in a large freezer.

Latest Stories from Reema (189)

Crying at work is uncomfortable, and that's OK

by Tony Wagner and Reema Khrais Jun 25, 2019
One of the country's foremost crying-at-work experts set us straight on shedding tears at the office.
It's ok, let it out.
AMC/screengrab via Netflix

Dollar stores might not be selling items for a dollar for much longer

by David Brancaccio, Reema Khrais, and Jonaki Mehta Nov 15, 2018
About 70 percent of these products come from China, and with an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, this could mean higher prices will be passed down to consumers before long.
Ken Garduno

Then and now: Syrian refugees reflect on their lives

by Reema Khrais Sep 5, 2018
They found new homes in Turkey, along with frustration, resignation and hope.
Reema Khrais/Marketplace

Young Syrians rethink their future as refugees in Turkey

by Reema Khrais Aug 31, 2018
Before the Syrian war in 2011, nearly 25 percent of young people went to college, which is almost completely subsidized by the government.
Othman Nahhas spends a good chunk of his paycheck paying for half of his family's rent in Istanbul.
Courtesy of Musab Yousef

Government aid is coming to U.S. farmers hit by tariff losses, but it probably won’t be enough

by Reema Khrais Aug 27, 2018
U.S. farmers who are caught up in the wider U.S., China and Mexico trade disputes are expected to get details today on a $12 billion aid package to help offset the effects of retaliatory tariffs. Farmers have been watching prices…
A farmer collects stray ears of corn while harvesting the crop in 2014 in Polk, Nebraska.
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

What it's like for a Syrian refugee to become the sole breadwinner

by Reema Khrais Aug 24, 2018
Amna Hafez is like thousands of other Syrian women in Turkey who've been forced to create a new life for themselves and their families.
Amna Hafez never expected to work, but she didn’t want her daughters to feel the financial impact of their father’s death.
Courtesy of Sumaya Alkhooly

Do "superstar" companies hold down wages?

by Reema Khrais Aug 24, 2018
This week, central bankers, finance ministers and economists from the around the world flew to the mountain resort of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They’re there for an annual economic symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. One focus…
An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.  
David Ryder/Getty Images

One Syrian refugee’s story: From civil engineer to daycare owner

by Reema Khrais Aug 16, 2018
As a Syrian living in Turkey, Dania Abdulbaqi struggled to find formal work as an engineer.
After struggling to find work as an engineer, Dania Abdulbaqi opened a daycare in Gaziantep, Turkey.
Courtesy of Mahmoud Al Basha

As Turkey’s currency tumbles, contagion fears rise

by Reema Khrais Aug 10, 2018
Turkey’s currency, the lira, is in free fall. It’s been declining for months and today it reached a record low, down by as much as 18 percent. Part of the reason is Turkey’s bad relations with the United States. The…
Turkish Lira currency is seen on November 21, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Chris McGrath/Getty Images

U.S. sanctions on Iran present foreign companies with dilemma

by Reema Khrais Aug 6, 2018
U.S. sanctions on Iran go into effect today. Back in 2015 when Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program, many U.S. sanctions were lifted. But President Donald Trump pulled out of the multinational agreement in May, and now the measures…
A man takes a glance at a newspaper with a picture of US president Donald Trump on the front page, in the capital Tehran on July 31, 2018. - Iran's currency traded at a fresh record-low of 119,000 to the dollar today, a loss of nearly two-thirds of its value since the start of the year as US sanctions loom. 
ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images