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

Tearing down, in order to rebuild

The community of Ortley Beach off the Jersey Shore was hit hard when Sandy made landfall. It’s trying to rebuild, but it's finding it difficult when homeowners can't help.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

One year later, Oakwood Beach is lost to Sandy

A year ago this week, Hurricane Sandy plowed into the eastern seaboard, leaving dozens dead and causing more than $50 billion in damage. The repairs are ongoing in so many spots with applications on file from 25,000 New Yorkers in need of assistance, mostly to fix homes. But some communities are not rebuilding.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, New York City

Yahoo, David Pogue, and the fight to make original content pay

Yahoo just hired David Pogue from the New York Times and appears once again to be taking the plunge into original content.
Posted In: original content, Yahoo, New York Times, Google

Brazil's fine line between price gouging and turning a profit

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff convenes a committee to monitor prices and service ahead of next year’s World Cup to head off price gouging. But for retailers, there’s a fine line between appropriately responding to increased demand and taking advantage.
Posted In: brazil, price gouging, World Cup

Here's exactly what will happen if we default on Thursday

We’re told the country may default on some of its debt obligations if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013

Debt ceiling fears push financial institutions to sell Treasuries

Some financial institutions, worried they might not get their money back if the Treasury defaults on its debt, are selling their short term government debt. This presents risks to the financial system and to the economy.
Posted In: Treasuries

Wall Street, what do you think of Janet Yellen?

Wall Street workers weigh in on Janet Yellen as Fed chair and how things might change with her in the hot seat.
Posted In: Wall Street, Janet Yellen

Who is Janet Yellen?

A look at the life and career of President Obama's nominee for chair of the Fed.
Posted In: Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve, chairman of the federal reserve

Bond market couldn't care less about shutdown

As we head towards the debt ceiling deadline, stocks are looking wobbly, and Congress wobblier still. But the debt market looks weirdly zen.
Posted In: bond market, explainer, Treasury bill

When it all falls down: A debt ceiling disaster scenario

The impact of the shutdown pales compared to a fight over the debt ceiling, and a possible government default.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, debt debacle


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