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Nov 15, 2019

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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)

Brookstone saves airport-based stores from the chopping block. Here’s why.

by Reema Khrais 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…
A Brookstone store is seen at Rockefeller Center October 29, 2003 in New York City. 
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Labor Department says U.S. workers are making more and getting better benefits

by Reema Khrais 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.
David McNew/Getty Images

We have the Supreme Court nominee, now we get the ads

by Reema Khrais Jul 10, 2018
The media battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination has only just begun.
Divided Decade

Quiz: Think you have a designer's eye?

by Reema Khrais and Eliza Mills Jul 6, 2018
Can you tell the difference between high-end and budget-friendly furniture?

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

by Reema Khrais 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…
Divided Decade

How the financial crisis changed the way we think about home

by Reema Khrais Jun 29, 2018
Designers, architects and the president of IKEA U.S. weigh in.
Home stager Meridith Baer says after the recession, people looked for clean, simple home design.
Courtesy of Meridith Baer Home

Comcast, Disney in Fox chase

by Reema Khrais 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…

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

by Reema Khrais 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…

Spike in demand for building materials helped drive overall retail sales in May

by Reema Khrais Jun 14, 2018
New numbers out Thursday show that Americans spent a lot of their paychecks on retail last month. U.S. retail sales were strong in May, rising about eight-tenths of a percent from a month earlier.  That may sound small, but it’s…

Oil execs in meetings with pope

by Reema Khrais Jun 8, 2018
Pope Francis has called the world’s leading oil execs to the Vatican. Meetings are today and tomorrow, and will include leaders from companies like BP and ExxonMobil. They’re gathering to talk about how their businesses can tackle climate change. Click…