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Editorial: Richmonder Roben Farzad’s radio show enjoys national profile | Opinion


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Roben Farzad hosts the weekly “Full Disclosure” show on NPR One and is a special correspondent on PBS NewsHour. He records in Richmond.


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In just three weeks – Saturday, January 5, to be exact – WCVE will begin broadcasting Roben Farzad’s national public radio program “Full Disclosure”. The popular interview show, which typically focuses on business and finance, will air on Sunday, starting January 6. Don’t miss it.

It’s taken the city and central Virginia too long to realize how important it is to have Farzad here and why we should be doing just about everything we can to keep him. Born in Iran, he grew up in Miami and graduated from Princeton and Harvard Business School.

From there he went to Goldman Sachs, working on a team that managed nearly $ 2 billion in assets. Switching to journalism, he covered Wall Street for Businessweek, reporting from Africa and the Middle East and, of course, New York. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, “Good Morning America” ​​on ABC, and has written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

He married a Richmonder, moved here in 2012, and started “Full Disclosure” two years later, with seed money from the Martin agency and VCU. His first book, “Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami,” was published in October 2017 and was the subject of a miniseries option.

“Full Disclosure,” which is produced in a studio near the Jefferson Hotel, is set to be the crown jewel as 88.9 FM switches to a 24/7 news format. Farzad is a lively and energetic host whose guests – many of whom are nationally recognized figures in business, finance and politics – respond well to his good-natured and upbeat approach. The program is a worthy addition to a lineup that will include “All things considered”, “Morning Edition”, “Marketplace” and “Fresh Air” – and it deserves our support. Listen once, if only out of civic obligation, and you’ll get hooked.

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