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

What does the Fed chair actually do?

There's a lot of noise about who's going to be the next chief of the Federal Reserve. We're more interested in what the Fed chair actually can do for the economy.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, chairman of the federal reserve

Groceries: a low margin business, but still highly desirable

Billionaire Ron Burkle just bought the Fresh and Easy chain from Tesco. Today's earnings report from Kroger affords a glimpse into the way these markets make money.
Posted In: grocery stores, Fresh & Easy, Walmart, supermarket

Kenya finds a lake of liquid gold

Drought-ridden Kenya has found an enormous underground reservoir of water, enough to meet the country's needs for a decade. But expect a bitter fight over this valuable resource, and much hand-wringing by the African country over how best to make it pay.
Posted In: Kenya, water

Graduating into The Lost Generation

Students who graduated from college during the financial crisis could spend years trying to regain what they lost during the worst recession in modern memory.
Posted In: college graduate, financial crisis

Always judge a mag by its cover

Vogue editor Anna Wintour has nixed Miley Cyrus' appearance on the cover of the magazine after Ms. Cyrus' risque dance routine at the MTV Video Awards. Magazine publishers put a lot of thought into who and what graces the front of their publications. They believe readers are affected by covers.
Posted In: magazines, Vogue, anna wintour, media, Miley Cyrus

Does the government make money from student loans?

We hear all the time that student loan debt is on the rise, and isn't likely to slow down anytime soon. For all those federal loans, though, does the government really make any money?
Posted In: student loan debt, student debt

Nasdaq glitch: Why no backup?

The Nasdaq closure had nothing to do with rogue or erroneous orders. The system that shows stock prices failed.
Posted In: Wall Street, new york stock exchange, NASDAQ

LinkedIn endorses your kids

Social networking site LinkedIn lowered its sign up age to 14 and will start trying to work with college students and high-schoolers.
Posted In: social networking, Facebook, Twitter

Who's still investing in Egypt's economy?

The upheaval in Egypt is terrible for the Egyptian economy, but some countries and companies remain.
Posted In: Egypt, Arab Spring, foreign aid

Ford lowers mileage rating on C-Max Hybrid

Ford will pay owners of the hybrid car after being sued for misleading customers.
Posted In: Ford, hybrid cars, gas mileage

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