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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 from Sabri (65)

Figure skater Adam Rippon on his early days and financial struggles

by Meredith Garretson and Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 18, 2019
The Olympic Bronze medalist stops by Marketplace Morning Report to discuss his road to success.
Adam Rippon competes during the Men's Single Free Program on day eight of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games  Feb.17, 2018.
Harry How/Getty Images

How Italian cheese got caught up in a fight about airplanes

by Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 17, 2019
It's no accident that European food and wine is about to get more expensive in the U.S.
Scotch, French wines and Italian cheese and meats are about to get more expensive. Above, imported Parmesan cheese at Cheese Plus in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Before the glass ceiling, women face "broken rung" on corporate ladder

by Rose Conlon and Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 15, 2019
For every 100 men, only 72 women are promoted to manager positions.
Zackary Drucker/Broadly

Social Security benefits' buying power is fading, despite adjustments

by Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 10, 2019
Seniors will get an extra 1.6%. But their cost of living rose by 1.9%.
Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
William Thomas Cain/ Getty Images

Why are the NYSE and private companies fighting over two-millionths of a second?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 7, 2019
In the world of high-speed trading, a lot can happen in .000002 seconds.
Wall Street banks, brokers and traders will pay a lot to be first in trading changes. Above, the New York Stock Exchange seen in 2008.
Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Manufacturers aren't the only ones worrying about trade and global growth

by Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 3, 2019
Growth in the service sector is slowing, too, according to new numbers from the Institute for Supply Management.
Shipping containers from China and other nations are unloaded at the Port of Long Beach in California in February.
Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

EU gave illegal subsidies to Airbus, WTO rules

by Sabri Ben-Achour Oct 2, 2019
The organization has given the U.S. permission to impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion worth of EU exports per year.
An Airbus A350-1000 is parked on the tarmac in front of the Airbus pavilion at Le Bourget in 2017 during the International Paris Air Show.
Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

How much do government shutdowns really cost?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Sep 27, 2019
Many indirect costs are not counted in official estimates.
Protesters hold signs during a protest rally by government workers and concerned citizens against the government shutdown on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at Post Office Square near the Federal building, headquarters for the EPA and IRS in Boston. The rally was organized by The American Federation of Government Employees. New England has 516 EPA employees that is now down to a staff of 22.
JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images

Juul replaces its CEO and tries to make nice with the FDA

by Sabri Ben-Achour Sep 25, 2019
The company also said it would stop advertising in the U.S. and won't lobby the Food and Drug Administration on flavored e-cigarette regulation.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Child poverty may worsen under new "public charge" rule

by Sabri Ben-Achour and Rose Conlon Sep 10, 2019
Experts say proposed changes to public charge rules could have a chilling effect on enrollment in Medicaid and SNAP, negatively impacting the children of immigrants, many of whom are U.S. citizens.
 California attorney General Xavier Becerra looks at a poster that is displayed during a news conference with California Gov. Gavin Newsom at the California State Capitol on August 16, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images