Sabri Ben-Achour is a reporter for Marketplace, based in the New York City bureau.   He covers Wall Street, finance, and anything New York and money related.  

Economics and finance are really hard.  But they don’t have to be boring.  In fact, they mustn’t be: because they are as important to a functioning society as history and art and politics.  Fundamentally, Sabri believes the duty of an economics reporter is to bridge that gap – to absorb, break down, and make comprehensible and palatable (as in “fun”) the economic news of the day and the decade.  This - as it should be for all journalism -  is in the service of citizens who must decide how to conceptualize the society in which they live, their place in it, and how to guide its future.  

Prior to joining Marketplace in 2013,  Sabri was the Environment Reporter for WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC where his work received two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for use of sound and feature reporting, five Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association awards, and shared in a Gracie Award for the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

As a freelancer, Sabri has reported from earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the revolution-riven streets of Tunisia, the jungle streams of Panama, and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s war torn Eastern provinces. 

Sabri attended the University of Virginia where he received his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs with a focus on the Middle East.  He attended the Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service where he received his master’s in Foreign Service, focusing on global commerce and finance.

In his spare time, Sabri teaches and makes ceramics.  

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Features by Sabri Ben-Achour

Despite bewilderingly low interest rates and an apparently improving economy, the housing market is still faltering.

The housing market is still struggling

Why housing numbers are still cloudy
Posted In: Housing, real estate
Youtube's mobile app for kids

YouTube launches kids app

Kids watch differently: when, where and how they want.
Posted In: YouTube, kids, app, original content

The Cost of Generosity

Organ donation saves lives and money. Unless you’re the organ donor.
Posted In: kidneys, organ, Transplants, donation, sabri
A Doctors Without Borders health worker in protective clothing carries a child suspected of having Ebola in Paynesville, Liberia.

IMF creates global safety net for poorest countries

It's special ‘shock’ fund offers debt relief to help deal with crises like Ebola.
Posted In: Ebola, IMF, disease prevention

What's changed in the credit ratings business?

"Transformed" industry has more regulatory oversight and internal safeguards.
Posted In: ratings agencies, S&P, mortgage crisis
President Barack Obama speaks to the media at the White House.

President's plan to tax foreign earnings

How Obama aims to raise $238 billion for infrastructure projects.
Posted In: foreign business, Taxes, infrastructure

NASA's new satellite attracts data-hungry businesses

Satellite with moisture-sensitive sensors will orbit Earth to peer into the dirt.
Posted In: NASA, drought, floods

Schools rake in record donations ... unequally

Harvard raised a record amount last year for a U.S. school: $1.16 billion.
Posted In: harvard, college, donations
Tim Cook at an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, Calif.

Is the dollar's strength a drag on tech earnings?

Investors are looking for signs the strengthening U.S. dollar is hurting profits.
Posted In: apple, Yahoo!, earnings report
People line up to change their Swiss francs at a currency exchange office in Geneva.

Swiss National Bank gives up the ghost

The bank surprised just about everyone by letting go of the franc.
Posted In: Swiss banks, exchange rate, euro

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