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

People crowd the first floor of a Macy's before the store's midnight opening that kicks off the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. A social-media campaign to boycott Black Friday in protest of events in Ferguson, Missouri, has begun to take shape.

It's not really Black Friday anymore

The holiday shopping season, complete with discounts, starts before Thanksgiving.
Posted In: Black Friday, holiday shopping, Retail
Check out all that orbital debris.

2015: A Trash Odyssey

Quartz and Marketplace find out littering exists in space, too.
Posted In: space, satellite, garbage, trash
Presidential candidates look on during Thursday's Republican presidential debate.

A long view of the flat tax

One historian takes us through America's brief flirtations with the tax policy
Posted In: flat tax, presidential campaign, presidential candidates

The Export-Import Bank gets a congressional reprieve

But why was this small agency that doesn't cost the government anything a target?
Posted In: export-import bank, Congress, tea party
American Airlines

American will try no-frills pricing next year

The carrier is cutting prices in cities with competition from cut-rate airlines.
Posted In: American Airlines, discount airlines, air travel
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan leaves after a House Republican conference meeting Wednesday at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Rep. Ryan said he is open to run for Speaker of the House if the GOP will unify behind him.

Imagining a Paul Ryan speakership

What economic policies would Ryan and his world view bring to the position?
Posted In: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, Fiscal policy
A person in economic difficulty holds a homemade sign asking for money along a Manhattan street in New York City.

Gimme Shelter

Quartz and Marketplace look at the state of homelessness starting in the 1970s.
Posted In: homeless, exercise, pills

Why you're still paying that rate on your credit card

Mortgage rates are down. So are auto loans. What about credit card rates?
Posted In: Credit Cards, credit card interest rates, Federal Reserve
A view of Mount Everest.

Everest Industrial Complex

Quartz and Marketplace look back at the Mount Everest avalanche in April.
Posted In: Mount Everest, marijuana
Bank of American didn't do so well on its stress test back in March.

Can Bank of America make the grade?

The nation's second-largest bank gets another chance to pass its stress test.
Posted In: Bank of America, Federal Reserve, Stress Test, too big to fail


With Generous Support From...

Sustainability Coverage

  • The Kendeda Fund
  • Wealth & Poverty Coverage

  • The Ford Foundation