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.  

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Features by Sabri Ben-Achour

How much are our feelings worth?

New consumer sentiment numbers come out tomorrow – and they’re not (all) free.
Posted In: data, consumer sentiment, consumers

Facebook and the need for speed

The link clicker's costly, withering impatience is crucial to Instant Articles.
Posted In: Facebook, website, internet speed, load time
Sometimes airlines overbook their flights, but there's a reason.

Why in the world do airlines overbook tickets?

It's intentional, and not totally evil — it might even be good.
Posted In: Airlines, big data, tickets
Amazon Web Services has raked in more than one and a half billion dollars this year.

Amazon's cloud services rain profits

Amazon dominates the cloud sector — a market it created.
Posted In: Amazon, cloud services, cloud, Retail, Internet

The whistleblower's tale: How an accountant took on Halliburton

Tony Menendez blew the whistle on Halliburton’s accounting practices. The fight cost him nine years of his life.
Posted In: whistleblower, finance, Halliburton, accounting, white-collar crime

Taking the hydro out of hydropower

California's drought is affecting its energy.
Posted In: drought, california, energy, hydropower

Popcorn Time

Quartz and Marketplace look at digital media and online piracy.
Posted In: movie piracy, app, film
The GoDaddy banner hangs outside of the New York Stock Exchange as the website hosting service makes its initial public offering on April 1, 2015 in New York City.

The price is right ... or is it? Pricing IPOs is tricky

Today’s big IPO — the domain-registration firm GoDaddy — shot up 30 percent in price.
Posted In: IPO, GoDaddy, shares, stocks, Investing
Apple CEO Tim Cook gestures on stage during an Apple special event on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

The risks of being an activist CEO

Apple's Tim Cook planted a flag on gay rights on Monday, raising the ire of some shareholders.
Posted In: CEOs, Indiana, gay rights, gun control, race

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