Marco Werman is Senior Producer with The World, covering music for the program. He has been working in journalism since he was 16 when he worked as a copy-boy at the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. His journalism experience has run the gamut from documentary photography, print, radio and television. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Werman got his start in radio while freelancing in Burkina Faso, West Africa, for the BBC World Service, where he later worked as a producer. "Radio impressed me in Africa," says Werman. "Everyone had one, broadcasts happened in many languages, and in the two coups I witnessed, the radio station was important booty: it and the electrical generator were always the first targets." In 1990, he started up a new public radio station in the Adirondacks in New York State, and hosted a daily two hour news and public affairs show there for four years. This was followed by a half year stint in Rome, Italy where he was the correspondent for Monitor Radio. In 1995, he was invited to assist in creating the format for The World where he has worked since. In 1997, he began providing the daily punctuation mark for The World in the Global Hit segment, in which musicians and musical trends around the globe are linked to the news.
Werman has been the recipient of awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for an original radio drama that he wrote; the Sony awards for an exposÃ© on child labor in West African gold mines; from the New York Festivals for a BBC documentary on the 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso's president; and the first annual Unity award from the Radio and Television News Director's Association for coverage of diversity issues.