Sabri Ben-Achour is a correspondent and host for Marketplace. Based in the New York City Bureau, he covers Wall Street, finance, and anything New York—and money—related.
Sabri will say that 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. He 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, D.C., 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, he teaches and makes ceramics.