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 (191)

As Turkey’s currency tumbles, contagion fears rise

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 two countries have been at odds lately over the detention of an American pastor. And […]
Turkish Lira currency is seen on November 21, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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U.S. sanctions on Iran present foreign companies with dilemma

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 are back. What’s at stake for foreign companies? Click the audio player above to hear […]
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. 
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Brookstone saves airport-based stores from the chopping block. Here’s why.

Aug 2, 2018
Brookstone, the specialty retailer that sells eye masks, massage chairs and other gadgets, filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time Thursday. The company says it’s going to shut down its roughly 100 mall-based stores. They’ve become less of an attraction as more shopping moves online. The company’s 35 airport-based stores are doing much better. […]
A Brookstone store is seen at Rockefeller Center October 29, 2003 in New York City. 
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Labor Department says U.S. workers are making more and getting better benefits

Jul 31, 2018
But are you feeling it? We took it to the streets to find out.
Passengers board Metro Rail subway trains during rush hour in Los Angeles, California.
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We have the Supreme Court nominee, now we get the ads

Jul 10, 2018
The media battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination has only just begun.

With Fed giving Wells Fargo good marks on its financials, the bank tries to look beyond recent scandals

Jul 2, 2018
Wells Fargo has seen its share of bad headlines recently … from news it opened fake accounts, to a payout of $1 billion to settle claims of improper mortgage and auto lending practices. But there was a bright spot for the bank last week when it passed the Federal Reserve’s annual stress test, that measures […]

Comcast, Disney in Fox chase

Jun 18, 2018
A federal court’s historic decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge has unleashed other deal talks among giant companies. Just a day after the decision, Comcast renewed its bid for 21st Century Fox assets — a $65 billion offer. Compare that to Disney’s bid of $52.4 billion. Fox now has two eager suitors – both […]

As new tariffs are announced, Commerce Dept. faces crunch over exclusion applications

Jun 15, 2018
U.S. tariffs announced today will affect more than 800 products from China, everything from aircraft tires and boat motors to cranes and bulldozers. Government officials say they’ll give U.S. companies the chance to request that certain products they import from China be excluded from the tariffs. Already, thousands of companies have filed applications with the […]