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

BlackBerry won't sell itself; CEO is out

BlackBerry will get a large cash investment to reorganize.
Posted In: Blackberry

We are the great and powerful USA. Ignore the dysfunction behind the curtain

A conference in Washington kicks off to convince investors from across the world that the U.S. is an attractive place to invest.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, debt ceiling

Which roadshow is better: Twitter or Antiques?

Twitter executives are currently on the road, selling their company's IPO to investment bankers.
Posted In: Twitter, Facebook, pbs, Antiques Roadshow, IPO

The new Silk Road: A trans-continental tunnel in Turkey

Today, Turkey opens the world's first trans-continental tunnel, linking Istanbul's European side to its Asian side by cutting across the Bosporus Strait.
Posted In: tunnels, turkey, underwater transit

Tearing down, in order to rebuild

The community of Ortley Beach off the Jersey Shore was hit hard when Sandy made landfall. It’s trying to rebuild, but it's finding it difficult when homeowners can't help.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

One year later, Oakwood Beach is lost to Sandy

A year ago this week, Hurricane Sandy plowed into the eastern seaboard, leaving dozens dead and causing more than $50 billion in damage. The repairs are ongoing in so many spots with applications on file from 25,000 New Yorkers in need of assistance, mostly to fix homes. But some communities are not rebuilding.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, New York City

Yahoo, David Pogue, and the fight to make original content pay

Yahoo just hired David Pogue from the New York Times and appears once again to be taking the plunge into original content.
Posted In: original content, Yahoo, New York Times, Google

Brazil's fine line between price gouging and turning a profit

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff convenes a committee to monitor prices and service ahead of next year’s World Cup to head off price gouging. But for retailers, there’s a fine line between appropriately responding to increased demand and taking advantage.
Posted In: brazil, price gouging, World Cup

Here's exactly what will happen if we default on Thursday

We’re told the country may default on some of its debt obligations if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013

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