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

Wages decline, productivity soars

Two reports bring the divergence into relief.
Posted In: lost wages, lower wages, income disparity

Selling bonds to fund the war and fight inflation

Ken McGee sold the debt securities for $18.75, going door-to-door in Oklahoma.
Posted In: World War II, war, inflation
A man stands in front of an electronic board displaying financial information in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Hong Kong shares closed 0.72 percent higher on August 25, clawing back early losses after a slump in Chinese shares left global equity markets trembling

China's struggle for a free (stock) market

The government's hand is quite visible at the Shanghai exchange.
Posted In: Shanghai, stock market, China, Chinese economy
Traders signal offers in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange on Monday in Chicago, Illinois. Uncertainty among traders after big losses in the Asian markets caused a sharp drop in the S&P at the open.

Stop worrying about China

The U.S. is not dependent on the Chinese economy.
Posted In: China, Economy, stock markets, U.S.
Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. Trump has received criticism for his comments on immigration, and has recently released a plan on immigration reform.


Quartz and Marketplace look at Donald Trump's immigration reform plan and Turkish whistling.
Posted In: Immigration, immigration reform, donald trump, neuroscience, farms
The sharing economy, which includes companies like Uber, has drawn some unpleasant headlines lately.

When sharing is scaring

After horror stories, debate grows over how to keep users of new services safe.
Posted In: Uber, sharing economy, regulation, airbnb, safety
A drone with a GoPro camera mounted underneath.

Drones fly faster than the law can keep up with

A swarm of unresolved legal questions clouds the skies for drones.
Posted In: drones, privacy, delivery services
A teller counts yuan banknotes.

Why the Chinese currency matters to the U.S. economy

It could affect imports, exports and interest rates.
Posted In: China, yuan, exports
Currency is a lot like barbie dolls.

How to fool around with your currency

Buying your own coinage is like leaving your own Yelp review.
Posted In: currency, devaluation, inflation


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