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

Phan Vinh Island in the Spratly archipelago.

Island Fever for China

Quartz and Marketplace look at the territorial dispute over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Posted In: China, south china sea, Spratly Islands

Supreme Court: employers must monitor 401(k) plans

The ruling also makes it easier for employees to sue.
Posted In: 401(k), scotus, retirement savings plan
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Cong Peiwu as he disembarks from his airplane upon arrival at Beijing International Airport in Beijing on Saturday.

China's not building islands for mere economic gain

We look at the basis of the most complex territorial dispute in the world.
Posted In: south china sea, territorial dispute, Spratly Islands, John Kerry

How much are our feelings worth?

New consumer sentiment numbers come out tomorrow – and they’re not (all) free.
Posted In: data, consumer sentiment, consumers

Facebook and the need for speed

The link clicker's costly, withering impatience is crucial to Instant Articles.
Posted In: Facebook, website, internet speed, load time
Sometimes airlines overbook their flights, but there's a reason.

Why in the world do airlines overbook tickets?

It's intentional, and not totally evil — it might even be good.
Posted In: Airlines, big data, tickets
Amazon Web Services has raked in more than one and a half billion dollars this year.

Amazon's cloud services rain profits

Amazon dominates the cloud sector — a market it created.
Posted In: Amazon, cloud services, cloud, Retail, Internet

The whistleblower's tale: How an accountant took on Halliburton

Tony Menendez blew the whistle on Halliburton’s accounting practices. The fight cost him nine years of his life.
Posted In: whistleblower, finance, Halliburton, accounting, white-collar crime

Taking the hydro out of hydropower

California's drought is affecting its energy.
Posted In: drought, california, energy, hydropower

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