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Nov 15, 2019

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Reema Khrais

Host and reporter

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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)

Brexit

What does Brexit have to do with cheese and whisky?

by Reema Khrais Jun 27, 2016
Dozens of British specialty-food products could lose their special protected status
A barman lifts a bottle of Scotch whisky from a shelf in the Deoch An Dorus pub in the Partick area of Glasgow.
Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Mosques increase security as anti-Muslim actions rise

by Reema Khrais Jun 17, 2016
Armed guards, gates and security cameras are the norm at more Mosques
After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the Islamic Center of Southern California increased its protection. Currently, five security guards watch the area. 
Reema Khrais

The growing role of crowdfunding after a tragedy

by Reema Khrais Jun 15, 2016
A GoFundMe campaign for the victims of the Orlando, Florida shooting has already raised millions.

Pell Grant program could be expanded to full year

by Reema Khrais Jun 9, 2016
Greater Pell funding could help boost graduation rates for college students.
Expanding the Pell Grant program could give about 1 million students an extra $1,650 a year on average.
philia17/Flickr

Volkswagen posts results; looks to move beyond scandal

by Reema Khrais May 31, 2016
The automaker plans to make more electric vehicles and invest in ride-sharing.
Volkswagen recently put $300 million into the ride-hailing company Gett.
Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Another summer without a summer vacation

by Reema Khrais May 30, 2016
A new survey says less than half of Americans will take a vacation this summer.
Not everyone is feeling the effects of the economic recovery.
David Ramos/Getty Images

Travelers take a holiday from high gas prices

by Reema Khrais May 27, 2016
The American Automobile Association expects weekend travel to hit a 10-year peak.
Travelers are expected to spend about $12 billion over the holiday weekend.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

A startup sparks conversations with Syrian refugees

by Reema Khrais May 25, 2016
NaTakallam pairs students studying Arabic with native speakers who need work.
From her Los Angeles home, Kelsey Norman Skypes a Syrian refugee about once a week to chat in Arabic.
Reema Khrais/Marketplace

Retirement won't be comfortable for many retirees

by Reema Khrais May 23, 2016
A new study from Bankrate.com says we're not saving nearly enough.
To retire comfortably, seniors need to replace about 70 percent of their pre-retirement income, according to financial experts.
401kcalculator.org via Flickr