Ben Swasey is WBUR’s digital manager. He’s also an occasional reporter, and 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.
There were 1,379 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts last year, and more are estimated.
Massachusetts’ economic growth outpaced the nation’s over the first three months of the year, and rebounded somewhat from a slowdown over the last half of 2015, according to new estimates.
March was a good month for the Massachusetts labor market — at least according to initial estimates.
Forty percent of the city’s $2.97 billion budget proposal is pegged for education.
Half of the commitment — $25 million — will go toward preparing Boston public school students for “tomorrow’s workforce,” GE said.
The report provides yet more evidence that many in the city are struggling to find well-paying jobs, despite Boston’s overall strong economic growth.
Massachusetts gained far fewer jobs in 2015 than originally estimated — but also added thousands more jobs in 2014 than previously reported — according to annual revisions.
Kindergarten students at five schools will be set up with college savings accounts under a pilot program Boston hopes to take citywide in 2019.
In its budget proposal, the Baker administration will propose $5 million for populations that face chronically high levels of unemployment.
Massachusetts added nearly 74,000 jobs in 2015, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday.
In 2014, households earning near the top of Boston’s income distribution made nearly 18 times the earnings of households closer to the bottom.
“Studies show that stigmas can prevent people from getting into treatment — holding them back from recovery, stability and success,” Gov. Baker said.
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.”