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

If October 2013 never happened, economically speaking...

There's a good chance the government won't release monthly jobs numbers this Friday -- so what happens to economists’ ability to assess any recovery?
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, Labor Department, jobs report

Wall Street asks: 'What shutdown?'

Investors seem to be tuning out the political impasse in Washington, at least so far.
Posted In: Wall Street, investment banks, government shutdown 2013

Spain wants to move back an hour to help pull its economy out of recession

Spain is hoping a little time travel will help its economic woes, but will it work?
Posted In: spain, Daylight Savings Time, Central European Time, recession, Eurozone

Breaking through in the competitive app market

How do you get noticed in the world of apps, where there are millions?
Posted In: apps, development, app challenge, Tech

Stanford's nanotube computer: 4 reasons for non-geeks to care

The nano-tube computer would make processing faster, cheaper and more energy efficient.
Posted In: nanotubes, stanford

Hey, big spender: Small companies start advertising for investors

The JOBS Act has loosened rules to let private companies and hedge funds solicit investment. How are they going about it?
Posted In: JOBS Act, SEC, investors, angel investors, start-ups, fundraising, crowdsourcing

Why lead-paint makers escape fines that cost Big Tobacco billions

A California court case is the latest attempt to hold paint companies liable for health hazards from lead paint, banned since 1978.
Posted In: lead paint, painting

New return policy at Bloomingdale's to end 'wardrobing'

REI no longer lets customers return products after years of use, and Bloomingdale’s is trying to halt clothing returns after just a single use.
Posted In: Retail, Amazon return policy, Walmart return policy

Flooded with Fed money, but no inflation in sight

The Federal Reserve has printed and pumped trillions of dollars into the banking system to keep long-term interest rates low. Why hasn't the flood caused prices to rise?
Posted In: inflation

What does the Fed chair actually do?

There's a lot of noise about who's going to be the next chief of the Federal Reserve. We're more interested in what the Fed chair actually can do for the economy.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, chairman of the federal reserve


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