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 (143)

China's economy rebounds from COVID-19, growing 3.2% in the second quarter

That makes it the first major economy to rebound since COVID-19 hit.
For comparison, China's economy shrank 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020.
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When finding fossils pays the bills

How Schuyler Andrulat of South Carolina turned a lifelong hobby of hunting shark teeth into a job.
A secret fossil hunting location near Summerville, South Carolina.
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Here's what civil rights leaders want from Facebook

"It shouldn't be my nonprofit that has to be monitoring and focusing its energy on a corporation that makes $70 billion a year," said Color of Change President Rashad Robinson.
Many of the companies boycotting Facebook are major brands with big budgets.
Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Should we treat internet service like a public utility?

The idea is that internet is not a luxury, but a fundamental part of participating in the economy.
The digital divide is more obvious than ever, as tens of millions of Americans still don't have access to reliable high-speed internet.
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President Trump pushes officials to reopen up schools this fall

The main argument is that it's worse for kids to stay at home and stick to remote learning when compared to the risk of illness or even death.
The decision of whether to keep schools and universities open during the pandemic has been mostly a local decision up to this point.
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Investigation finds rehab programs across the U.S. require unpaid labor from clients

Jul 8, 2020
At least 300 rehab facilities in 44 states required unpaid labor from participants, investigators found.
Investigators found rehab participants doing everything from picking cotton in Georgia to doing doing construction on high rises in the San Francisco Bay Area, all with no or little pay.
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Who got PPP loans? Trump administration releases the data.

It's clear the loans went to some enterprises that are once again prompting questions about who really needed the government aid.
Larger companies initially took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program, which was intended to offer forgivable loans to smaller businesses.
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What will happen to New York's sky high rents?

Jul 2, 2020
Some are getting breaks on commercial and residential rent, but it won't last forever.
A banner calling for New York Gov. Cuomo to cancel rent in May as people struggle to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wave of bankruptcies may swamp courts

Jun 29, 2020
If a surge in bankruptcies continues, will bankruptcy courts be able to cope?
A sign leading to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York City.
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Major airline CEOs to arrive at White House Friday for meeting on COVID-19 issues

On the agenda: concerns around checking passengers' temperatures and contact tracing.
The numbers show that only about half a million Americans are flying every day. That’s one-fifth the normal amount for the early summer.
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