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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

U.S. charges former JPMorgan bankers in 'London Whale' case

The penalty for taking a dangerous risk that shakes financial markets is what, exactly?
Posted In: London Whale, JPMorgan Chase, Securities and Exchange Commission

Mexico mulls ending oil monopoly

Mexico is sitting on 87 billion barrels of untapped oil, yet production has dropped 25 percent in the last decade.
Posted In: Mexico, Oil

Lawsuits claim banks involved in aluminum price fixing

Regulators have subpoenaed a metal warehousing firm as aluminum manufactures have launched a class action lawsuit against the London Metals Exchange.
Posted In: commodities, Goldman Sachs, aluminum

[Be]hind [Br]eaking [Ba]d: [Mo]re Than a Sho[W]

As AMC"s TV show "Breaking Bad" begins its final season this weekend, show producers know the product is about more than what's on your TV screen.
Posted In: AMC, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, television

Online summer school: It's still school

School budget cuts are wiping out traditional summer school programs, so more students are turning to the web.
Posted In: summer school, online education

U.S. Postal Service gets creative with samples discount program

The Postal Service has launched a discount program for marketers who want to send out little samples of things, like detergent and toothpaste. Will it help spur more business?
Posted In: Postal Service, U.S. Postal Service

Are student loans big money makers?

It should be easy to figure out if the government makes money off of student loans. But it's not.
Posted In: federal student loans, student loan debt, student loans

Forget Mad Men -- the math men are in charge

Everybody from Google to Coca-Cola is collecting data and eating into the traditional territory of advertising.
Posted In: advertising, marketing, big data

Chevy Impala: The great American car?

Move aside Lexus, and make way for the first American car to top "Consumer Reports" list in decades.
Posted In: Ford, Chevy, muscle cars, consumer reports

Caterpillar's hole: What's it mean for the economy?

Profits at the big CAT are way down. Mining seems to have hit a wall.
Posted In: Caterpillar, mining

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