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.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he was not ready to sign an agreement that would put the city on the hook for any cost overruns. Hours later, the Olympics bid was dead.
The state’s economy grew robustly, at an estimated rate of 5.4 percent, in the second quarter.
We replicated the city’s map of the roughly 70 projects currently under construction in Boston. One official called it “arguably the biggest building boom in the history of the city of Boston.”
William Evans says his humble roots helped shape his views about community policing.
It’s YouTube’s largest-ever upload of historical news content. So obviously we searched “Boston” videos and found several about snow.
The state unemployment rate remained flat last month at 4.6 percent, below the national rate of 5.3 percent.
There were 1,543 homeless families on Feb. 25 — the date of the city’s annual census — a 25 percent increase over the last official count in late 2013.
The advent of the state’s casino gambling era may have the lottery looking over its shoulder, but the lottery just had yet another record year.
Rents and home prices have risen in a big way in East Boston, leading many to worry that the neighborhood is losing its immigrant identity.
Faith leaders are imploring families to remove the guns from the community and manufacturers to cease production.
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.”