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

Bulgarian caviar


Quartz and Marketplace look at caviar, rodents and poultry.
Posted In: luxury, poultry, rodent, actuality, podcast
A view of the Manhattan skyline.

Disputes over shadows aren't black and white

New York's pencil tower controversies shine a light on shade analysts.
Posted In: skyline, light, shadow
A still from an Amazon Prime Air system.

Amazon's vision of a drone highway in the sky

It would be a new delivery system, with a lane for everyone.
Posted In: Amazon, drones, commercial drones, delivery services
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a press briefing at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.

The Fed and your feelings

When it comes to the Fed, your feelings may have less value than you think.
Posted In: Janet Yellen, consumer confidence, feelings
About 40 percent of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep a night.


Quartz and Marketplace look at irregular sleep schedules, the economic effects of monsoon weather on India and a 'sleeping sickness' in Kazakhstan.
Posted In: sleep, mystery, weather
Labor leaders, workers and activists attend a rally for a $15 minimum hourly wage on Wednesday in New York City.

Jobless claims reach 40-year low. Is wage growth next?

The labor market is looking much tighter, and that could mean pay raises.
Posted In: wages, labor, labor market
Iranian women wave the national flag during celebration in northern Tehran on Tuesday after Iran's nuclear negotiating team struck a deal with world powers in Vienna.

Promise, risk await post-sanction Iran

Sanctions relief comes at an important moment for the Iranian population
Posted In: Iran sanctions, Iran, nuclear
 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


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