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.  


Features by Sabri Ben-Achour

Beer merger worries advertisers

With fewer beer companies competing, they may spend less on sports sponsorships.
Posted In: advertising, Sports, beer

Big Broccoli

Quartz and Marketplace dig into genetically modified broccoli.
Posted In: Monsanto, Broccoli, Food
Candidate photos are displayed on podiums before the start of the CNN Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library on Wednesday in Simi Valley, California.

Networks cash in on debates

Viewers tune in early this campaign cycle because, let's face it, Trump.
Posted In: debates, television, cable, advertising

Cashing in on street style at New York Fashion Week

A single Instagram post can bring in thousands of dollars.
Posted In: Fashion Week, bloggers, instagram
A Syrian refugee man at an unofficial refugee camp in the area of Arida, north of Beirut, Lebanon back in June of this year.

The cost of misery: migrants in Europe

Accepting refugees isn't much of an economic threat.
Posted In: migrants, refugees, syria, lebanon

United's CEO has stepped down amid a federal probe

One of the airlines routes is key to an investigation into the Port Authority.
Posted In: United Airlines, ceo, corruption, investigation

What we know about paid sick leave

Dozens of places in the U.S. require it. What does their experience show?
Posted In: sick day, employees, Congress
The process of sonification can transform data into sound.


Quartz and Marketplace listen to 'data,' and talk about Wi-Fi allergies.
Posted In: audio, Music, wifi, allergies

Wages decline, productivity soars

Two reports bring the divergence into relief.
Posted In: lost wages, lower wages, income disparity

Selling bonds to fund the war and fight inflation

Ken McGee sold the debt securities for $18.75, going door-to-door in Oklahoma.
Posted In: World War II, war, inflation


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