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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

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Christmas Eve morning.

Volatility could (maybe) signal end of the bull market

There's a seasonal aspect to the volatility in the markets, making it harder to predict what may be going on.
Posted In: bull market, Volatility, stock exchange
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez speaks to journalists ahead of the166th ordinary meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Will Venezuela default? Investors think so

Oil, whose price has halved in the past year, accounts for 95 percent of the country’s exports and 45 percent of the government’s budget.
Posted In: venezuela, Oil, oil prices, OPEC

Cuba's open doors don't mean open for business

Despite thawing U.S.-Cuba relations, full-blown business opportunities are largely years away.
Posted In: cuba, tourism, sugar, rum, business opportunity
Pedestrians walk past a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in central Moscow.

When the ruble falls, who hears it?

Ruble decline hurts Russians most, which could be a problem for everyone.
Posted In: ruble, Russia, russia central bank, global investors, global market

Investing in coffee and the Congo

The CEO of a U.K.-based coffee supplier gives the Congo another go.
Posted In: Congo, eastern congo, coffee

The long arms of a U.S. law reach Congo

Most of the miners in Congo are self-employed, equipped with a spade and a dream.
Posted In: Congo, gold, conflict minerals, Dodd-Frank law
Miners take a break from digging pits at a mine in south Kivu

Miner vs. miner: A different kind of mineral conflict

In Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the advent of industrial mining has pros and cons.
Posted In: Congo, eastern congo, conflict minerals
A man exchanges a $50 bill for Congolese francs with a money changer on a street in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Why the Congo is so dependent on the U.S. dollar

So why not adopt the dollar as the currency? There's a small, but simple, hitch.
Posted In: Congo, eastern congo, dollars
A woman rests along the road traveled by some of the hundred of thousands of Rwandan refugees in 1996 who were returning to their homeland from Zairean camps.

The fog of war slowly lifts in the Congo

People lost everything when war swept across the Congo. But they're rebuilding.
Posted In: eastern congo, rwanda, refugees

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