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.  


Features by Sabri Ben-Achour

Plant nurseries are turning to a sell-weird strategy in order to stay in business. Tourists take photos of one said weird bloom: an Amorphophallus titanum.

The plant business is trying to sprout again

Plant nurseries strive to stand out in a post-recession landscape.
Posted In: plants plant industry horticulture gardening nurseries
The General Motors logo is displayed at Boardwalk Chevrolet in Redwood City, California.

The 'good news, bad news' behind stock buybacks

Following investor pressure, GM says it will return $10 billion to shareholders
Posted In: GM, shareholders, hedge funds
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


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