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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

Thomson Reuters expected to suspend data sneak peaks: Report

Is ok to pay to get the jump on market-moving news? Thomson Reuters is expected to suspend the practice of selling so-called sneak peeks of certain economic data to select clients today.
Posted In: reuters, stock market, big data, Wall Street

As FEMA expands flood zones, residents fear insurance hikes

FEMA is updating its flood maps to expand areas deemed at risk of damage -- and that’s striking fear in communities that could be deluged with higher insurance bills.
Posted In: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, flood insurance, flood

Bitcoin entrepreneurs barrel ahead despite legal clouds

A crop of start ups with venture capital backing are trying to make Bitcoin more mainstream and easy to trade.
Posted In: bitcoin, Wall Street, currency

Weird Wimbledon threatens to upset ratings and ads

What the ouster of big names like Serena Williams and Roger Federer could mean for ESPN's ratings and revenue.
Posted In: Sports, tennis, espn, television, ratings

Beware the bite-size bonanza!

The candy company Mars is releasing Snickers Bites.
Posted In: candy, snickers bar, mars bar

Manic Mondays at the Met museum in NYC?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens permanently on Monday for the first time in 42 years.
Posted In: art, museums, New York, New York City

Sequester Pentagon cuts start to bite

The Pentagon starts furloughing 650,000 civilian employees next week.
Posted In: Pentagon, defense department, military, furloughs, sequester

Oracle sees future with NYSE; gives NASDAQ the boot

Oracle is leaving the NASDAQ and moving over to the New York Stock Exchange.
Posted In: NYSE, New York stocks, Tech, cloud computing, Larry Ellison

Gold buyers, Wall Street both hate Bernanke right now

The markets take a hit in the wake of Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s “good” news about the economy.
Posted In: Wall Street, gold, Bernanke, QE2

Who will take reins of the Fed after Bernanke?

Vice-chair Janet Yellen is the front runner, but there are plenty of very good choices.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, Janet Yellen

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