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.

Sabri will say that 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. He 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, D.C., 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.

Sabri co-hosts Actuality, Marketplace and Quartz’s new podcast about the conversations behind business news. In his spare time, he teaches and makes ceramics.


Features by Sabri Ben-Achour

Are we safer from Ponzi schemes now?

A lot has changed since Bernard Madoff defrauded $17 billion. Has it made a difference?
Posted In: Bernie Madoff, ponzi scheme, Securities and Exchange Commission

Look, we have enough bugs. Can we do other things now?

Decades ago, Carl Drake left the Smithsonian millions of dollars set aside specifically to collect bugs.
Posted In: philanthropy

Why you acting crazy, Twitter?

Twitter's stock is down a significant amount this week after a string of strong performances. Even professionals wonder why.
Posted In: stock valuations

From revolting to revolt: Why is my office this color?

We're past the era when color trends were dictated, and “everyone marched to the same drummer.”
Posted In: Color

McDonald's fast food advice becomes corporate PR lesson

McDonald’s is shutting down McResource, a website that offers tips to employees.
Posted In: McDonalds, public relations

Lost UPS packages: a glimpse of the future

The UPS delivery debacle raises a lot of questions: People will forgive companies a lot of things, but not screwing up their Christmas.
Posted In: shipping, holiday shopping

What's Toys R Us like at 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve?

Many stores were open continuously for several days leading up to Christmas.
Posted In: holiday shopping

What will a thief do with my credit card number?

Target has revealed that the credit card numbers for more than 40 million customers have been stolen from its retail network.
Posted In: Target, identity theft

All’s well that tapers well

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced it will cut its bond-buying program by $10 billion starting January. So what about this whole tapering thing? What’s it gonna mean for you and me and Aunt Mabel?
Posted In: Fed, taper, Bernanke, bond buying, stimulus, QE

First step, you win the Mega Millions lottery. Next step?

You hit the jackpot: Should you take the lump sum, or is there more advantage in agreeing to regular payouts?
Posted In: lottery, Mega millions


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