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

Investing in coffee and the Congo

The CEO of a U.K.-based coffee supplier gives the Congo another go.
Posted In: Congo, eastern congo, coffee

The long arms of a U.S. law reach Congo

Most of the miners in Congo are self-employed, equipped with a spade and a dream.
Posted In: Congo, gold, conflict minerals, Dodd-Frank law
Miners take a break from digging pits at a mine in south Kivu

Miner vs. miner: A different kind of mineral conflict

In Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the advent of industrial mining has pros and cons.
Posted In: Congo, eastern congo, conflict minerals
A man exchanges a $50 bill for Congolese francs with a money changer on a street in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Why the Congo is so dependent on the U.S. dollar

So why not adopt the dollar as the currency? There's a small, but simple, hitch.
Posted In: Congo, eastern congo, dollars
A woman rests along the road traveled by some of the hundred of thousands of Rwandan refugees in 1996 who were returning to their homeland from Zairean camps.

The fog of war slowly lifts in the Congo

People lost everything when war swept across the Congo. But they're rebuilding.
Posted In: eastern congo, rwanda, refugees

The path of recovery from a violent past

Many women were victims of sexual violence during the Congo wars.
Posted In: Congo, eastern congo, rwanda
Wood is loaded onto a truck in October at a wood market east of Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the border with Uganda.

Can the Democratic Republic of Congo rebound?

Over the past few decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been hit hard by war, currency instability and corruption.
Posted In: Congo, Africa, development
A Viking-style conference table.

Outsourcing the board of directors

Law professors make a radical proposal: Scrap the traditional board of directors.
Posted In: outsourcing, board of directors, business
Don Weiss, from the Health Department, speaks to the media in front of the closed Brooklyn bowling alley that New York City's first Ebola patient visited before showing symptoms of the virus.

Tracking Ebola's digital footprints

Tracking the human contacts of an Ebola patient using his digital contacts.
Posted In: Ebola, New York City, surveillance

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