Ben is an editor — and occasional blogger — for wbur.org. When he reports, it’s most often on economic and transportation policy, social issues and politics.
Ben is from western Massachusetts, and now lives in Cambridge.
MBTA fiscal control board members this week expressed frustration with the current late night service — its low ridership and thus its high per-trip subsidy.
With October’s gains, Massachusetts has added an estimated 62,800 jobs so far this year, the state said.
One in five students at the North Bennet Street School, which offers training in trades and craftsmanship, is a military veteran.
“Studies show that stigmas can prevent people from getting into treatment — holding them back from recovery, stability and success,” Gov. Baker said.
But before Cambridge debates the issue, there’s a more basic question: Do cities and towns in Massachusetts have the power to set their own minimum wage?
It’s been a year since Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, passed away.
State officials acknowledged that the long-promised Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford is likely to be delayed.
It’s a subject weighed down by history, as Boston’s West End was infamously razed in the 1950s and ’60s in the name of urban renewal.
The state unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, but that drop was driven by a decline in the labor force.
Entergy Corp. said in a statement it will close the plant “because of poor market conditions, reduced revenues and increased operational costs.”
A few dozen mostly older and well-educated individuals urged state legislators to support bills aimed at getting them back to work.
Massachusetts has the lowest rate of residents lacking health insurance. We know that. But the state figure masks significant variation on a more local level.
Have an idea to reimagine the oft-barren landscape that is Boston City Hall Plaza? Mayor Marty Walsh wants to hear it.
The iconic yellow smiley face was created by Worcester artist Harvey Ball in 1963.
“Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round,” the now-star QB wrote.
The 55th iteration of the iconic music festival happened this past weekend in Rhode Island, and NPR Music, as it does every year, is posting audio and photos.
Boston Medical Center physicians can refer low-income patients for a $5 membership to the area’s bike share system, under a new initiative.
Was Ben’s love of music deepened because early on he often read while he listened? He mulls it over.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry got a touching reminder of his Boston roots in Guatemala this week.
The staff at one North Andover pediatrician’s office is, for the fourth straight day in an outage, “seeing sick kids in the cold, with no computers, no phones and no lights.”