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 (211)

Drive-thrus are keeping the restaurant business rolling

Nov 2, 2020
In a pandemic, the less contact with customers the better, and the chains that can pull that off are doing all right.
Drive-thru restaurants are faring better than full-service eateries.
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The presidency is not the stock market

Oct 23, 2020
But there are theories about that ...
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a President Trump press conference plays above, March 12, 2020.
Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images

Are businesses automating at a faster rate thanks to COVID-19?

Oct 21, 2020
A forced digitization is taking place, as is a rethinking of how business should get done.
A bartender makes drinks at an event promoting AI in London last year.
Leon Neal/Getty Images

Farmers need to adapt crops to climate change to stay profitable, experts say

Oct 20, 2020
Climate change has arrived in American agriculture, and it could cause profits to drop 30% over the next 30 to 50 years.
Workers harvest zucchini on a farm in Florida City, Florida, in April. Climate change is shifting which crops farmers can grow — and when they can grow them.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Jaime Harrison raises record $57 million in S.C. Senate race against Graham

The explosion in Democratic donations has been connected to concern about the fate of the Supreme Court.
Harrison's $57 million is highest quarterly fundraising total for any Senate candidate in U.S. history.
Sean Rayford/Getty Images

U.S. economists win Nobel Prize for auction theory work

The winning economists designed auctions that allow for multiple bids over a period of time.
U.S. economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson won the Nobel Prize in economics work on commercial auctions, including for goods and services difficult to sell in traditional ways such as radio frequencies, the Nobel Committee said.
Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

What it means when airlines get special aid

Oct 7, 2020
On-again, off-again stimulus talks are impacting the entire economy, but airlines are usually a special case. Here's why.
Airline industry workers call for more federal aid in Federal Plaza in Chicago on Sept. 9.
Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

Aid for state, local governments a sticking point in federal COVID-19 relief

Oct 6, 2020
Republicans and Democrats disagree about how much aid to give to state and local governments.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talk in July. President Trump tweeted Tuesday stimulus talks with Congress are put on hold until after the election.
Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images

Job gains don't paint a clear picture of the recovery

Oct 2, 2020
The jobs created in September obscure the fact that thousands were lost permanently and millions of people have stopped looking for work.
A restaurant displays a "Now Hiring" sign amid the coronavirus pandemic, on Aug. 4 in Arlington, Virginia.
OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

Bars struggle amid suspicion and closures during pandemic

Oct 1, 2020
Social places by nature, bars have faced tighter restrictions than many other businesses, and are suffering the consequences.
A group of people takes shots before they watch the first presidential debate at a sports bar on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images