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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

Bears, bulls, and BS

We dive into the origin of a few popular finance terms.
Posted In: Wall Street

British intelligence spied on Yahoo video chats

Still images ran through facial recognition software developed by the U.S.
Posted In: data, surveillance, Edward Snowden, Yahoo, chat rooms, privacy, user privacy, technology

Fannie and Freddie: Cash cows avoid the slaughter?

The mortgage lenders have turned around their fortunes -- and not everyone's happy about it.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

What really happens in those Swiss banks

It reads more like a plot pitch for the next spy thriller than a Senate report.
Posted In: Swiss banks

Rise of the digital college textbook

Textbook publishers hope to avoid extinction.
Posted In: textbooks, Education, student life, college

Our national obsession with the 'tenure' T-note, explained

A listener wrote to ask about our obsession with the so-called "tenture teanote". Well, you asked for it....
Posted In: Treasury bill

What's a WhatsApp subscriber worth? $42

Facebook's is paying $42 for every WhatsApp subscriber.
Posted In: WhatsApp, Facebook, instagram

Taxi cab theater drives creative funding

How does a theater with a maximum three person audience make money?
Posted In: theater, taxi

Scrutiny meets Comcast bid for Time Warner Cable

A merger would put Comcast in a stronger position with content providers.
Posted In: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, television, Internet, technology, Netflx

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