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

Will the Fed begin phasing out its economic stimulus program?

At its two-day meeting next week, the Federal Reserve Board may indicate whether it will begin 'tapering' its quantitative easing program.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, quantitative easing

Silicon Valley companies call for greater transparency in PRISM program

The tech companies' sudden, overt concern about transparency in government surveillance may be as much about protecting themselves as consumers.
Posted In: nsa, PRISM, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, transparency

Snowden on the lam: How much does it cost to run?

Former surveillance contractor Edward Snowden is on the run, but how does a fugitive finance life on the lam?
Posted In: nsa, surveillance, Edward Snowden

Surveillance of phone and Internet data: the new normal?

Can consumers really do anything to force Internet and telecommunications companies to fight back against government tracking of personal data?
Posted In: privacy, web privacy, surveillance, security

What a star's suspension would mean to a baseball team's bottom line

Major League Baseball is reportedly on the verge of slapping long suspensions on some start players. How would that impact the finances of America's pastime?
Posted In: Sports, baseball, drugs, business of sports

What does Apple's possible announcement mean for the future of steaming music?

Apple sells a lot of music through iTunes. Now it looks set to launch its own music-streaming service. Can it turn a profit where Pandora and Spotify have faltered?
Posted In: music streaming, apple, spotify

Wearing the wrong bra size? Jockey has a $60 solution for you

Oprah can vouch for it: an estimated 8 in 10 women wear the wrong bra size. So underwear stalwart Jockey spent eight years developing the solution: a $60 bra that comes in 55 sizes.
Posted In: bra, jockey, clothing

Did targeted advertising fail Facebook advertisers?

Facebook apologizes for offensive content and advertisers have pulled out. How can advertisers really know where their ads are going?
Posted In: Facebook, advertising, online advertising

What the Liberty Reserve indictment means for Bitcoin

The Justice Department has indicted seven people involved with the online-payment system Liberty Reserve, accusing them of allegedly laundering $6 billion for the criminal underworld. What risk does the crackdown pose for Bitcoin?
Posted In: bitcoin, online payments

ATM heist reveals vulnerabilities in global security

A band of thieves working across two dozen countries has made off with $45 million. The caper reveals serious vulnerabilities in the banking system
Posted In: ATM, Crime, cybercrime

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