Sabri Ben-Achour

Correspondent & Host

SHORT BIO

My job is to do what I can to help all of us understand the economic forces that shape our lives and our world.

What was your first job?

I was a waiter!

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

It can be hard to break down complex topics quickly and fairly.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A chemist or a geneticist, I think.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Playing with giant horseshoe crabs under the moonlight as they swam ashore to spawn. (It was for a story on how their blood is used in the medical industry).

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

My plants. I water them when I'm stressed. They get a lot of water.

Latest Stories (286)

Wages keep going up. Will prices do the same?

Jun 18, 2021
It seems both are rising at a rate that will keep inflation in check ... for now.
Jekesai Njikizana/AFP via Getty Images

In New York, mixed reactions as pandemic restrictions lift

Jun 16, 2021
Many offices are still closed and mask guidance is inconsistent, but parks in midtown Manhattan are packed at lunchtime.
New York City is bustling again as people are free to socialize and go back to places they've missed.
Spencer Platt via Getty Images

U.S. cars and light trucks got a little older during the pandemic

Jun 15, 2021
The average age rose by a couple months to 12.1 years. That doesn't mean there are more clunkers on the road.
The average vehicle on the road in the U.S. is now about 12.1 years old, new data shows.
Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

Major scientific and technological investment sought to better compete against China

Jun 9, 2021
U.S. government funding for even basic research has been in decline for decades.
Misha Friedman/Getty Images

FBI wins one battle recovering bitcoin ransom, but it's still a war

Jun 8, 2021
Cryptocurrencies have allowed digital ransom and extortion to explode in recent years.
Deputy U.S. Attorney General Lisa Monaco announces the recovery of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency from the Colonial Pipeline Co. ransomware attacks on June 7, 2021.
Jonathan Ernst/AFP via Getty Images

Proposed global minimum tax faces tough hurdles, in the U.S. as overseas

Jun 7, 2021
An agreement by the G-7 to set minimum levels of corporate tax will need ratification by governments and, closer to home, faces an uphill battle in Congress.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at the G7 Finance Ministers Meeting in London on June 5, 2021.
Alberto Pezzali/Getty Images

Can the supersonic flight make a comeback?

Jun 3, 2021
United has ordered 15 Concorde-like planes, with the expectation that they could be carrying passengers by 2029.
The final British Airways Concorde flight lifts off from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on its final voyage to London in 2003.
Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Remote work already dividing employees and employers

Jun 2, 2021
Many job seekers want remote work, but not many firms offer it. Amid a labor shortage, workers might have leverage.
Will offices fill up again or will remote work be common? Experts expect companies to  experiment.
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China's 3-child policy met with tepid public reception

There's skepticism about whether the policy change will actually address China's shrinking workforce and older population.
One reason? "The work of raising a child, like in many countries, falls disproportionately on women, and women in China have complained of being penalized at workplaces for being a mother," says Marketplace China correspondent Jennifer Pak.
Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

The Dow at 125: Why it endures

May 26, 2021
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, filled with household-name companies, "has a special place in the imagination."
Wall Street is the iconic location of the American stock market, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is the market's iconic index of household-name companies.
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