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

 Euro coins lay on a 1,000-Drachma note, the currency in Greece before the euro.

How the euro went from unifying force to divisive one

European unity requires more than a common currency.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greek, Greece, euro
A female mosquito in Florida's Everglades National Park.


Quartz and Marketplace look at how genetically modified mosquitoes could be the key to preventing a disease outbreak in Florida.
Posted In: Key West, Florida, mosquito
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will be one of the movies Paramount Pictures allows for home viewing shortly after its release.

Paramount and the movie business's shrinking window

Paramount attempts a compromise between theaters and studios.
Posted In: Paramount, movies, movie theaters, theater

Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling

Is it worth it? Environmentally, yes. Economically, sometimes. Cue the ballistic separator.
Posted In: recycling efficiency glass aluminum plastic

Reduce, reuse ... rethink?

Market forces are making recycling less profitable.
Posted In: recycling, big oil, landfill

Puerto Rico's exodus: vicious cycles and silver linings

The island is facing its largest outmigration since the '60s.
Posted In: Puerto Rico, debt, employment

Puerto Rico faces debt deadline

Governor says the commonwealth doesn't have the funds to make the July 1 payments.
Posted In: Puerto Rico, bond, power, debt
American Apparel's former CEO Dov Charney has been accused of sexual harassment by several of its former employees.

The Devil Wears Nada

Quartz and Marketplace look at the history of American Apparel's controversial former CEO, jerk bosses and German erotica.
Posted In: CEOs, American Apparel, Dov Charney, German, erotica

Education angst is growing among 18- to 34-year-olds

A new research report from looks at what we’re losing sleep over.
Posted In: Education, college, healthcare, research
Goldman Sachs has plans to offer smaller loans online.

Goldman to improve its consumer Sachs appeal

The institution ventures into online lending. Why have banks been so slow?
Posted In: Goldman Sachs, loans, online, disruption


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