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

First step, you win the Mega Millions lottery. Next step?

You hit the jackpot: Should you take the lump sum, or is there more advantage in agreeing to regular payouts?
Posted In: lottery, Mega millions

Why are cell phone carriers rejecting the 'kill switch'?

The 'kill switch' is an anti-theft technology designed for cell phones. But not everyone is on board. Now the Attorney General of New York wants to know why.
Posted In: cell phones, kill switch

Going bearserk in Jersey

The black bear population has grown so large in the state that it ended a hunting ban a few years ago.
Posted In: bears, hunting, new jersey

The power of the central bank to create money out of thin air wasn't always so easy

The Federal Reserve has been creating money to the tune of about $85 billion dollars a month. But the first time a central bank tried to do that...it didn't go over so well.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, fiat money

PMI explainer: A key indicator of the global economy

Finally, a gauge of the global economy: The purchaser’s management index in most countries is up a slight amount.
Posted In: PMI

A game plan to brave holiday shopping

Marketplace’s Sabri Ben-Achour braves the holiday shopping crowds to find out how opening on Thanksgiving Day affected this year’s sales figures.
Posted In: shopping, Black Friday, guides, Retail

The Pope takes on capitalism?

The pope dished out a searing critique of capitalism today.
Posted In: pope francis

Katie Couric fans can shout Yahoo!

Katie Couric's hiring is the latest in a number of high-priced recruitments by Yahoo.
Posted In: media, Yahoo!

What the Time Warner buyout could mean for cable ... and the rest of us

There are reports that Charter Communications is looking to swallow up the much larger Time Warner Cable in a leveraged buyout. And Comcast could be interested too.
Posted In: Time Warner Cable, charter, internet service providers

United MileagePlus changes: Frequent flier inflation

Airlines tweak their frequent flier programs to devalue miles, potentially alienating customers.
Posted In: frequent fliers, AA Advantage, Delta SkyMiles

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