WBUR Staff

Benjamin Swasey

Digital Editor, WBUR

Ben is an editor — and occasional blogger — for wbur.org.

Recent stories

Meet 6 Who’d Get A Raise With A Mass. Minimum Wage Increase

April 10, 2014

BOSTON — It seems likely that a lot of Massachusetts workers are on the verge of getting a pay hike. Here are six of them.

Faces Behind The Mass. Minimum Wage Debate

April 01, 2014
From left, clockwise: Larry, Allison, Ines, Emmanuel, Tom and Jordan (WBUR)

BOSTON — It’s looking likely that the state minimum wage will be raised. But who would actually get a pay bump? Here are the stories of six low-wage earners in the Boston area.

FAQ: The Minimum Wage In Mass.

April 01, 2014
Pedro Rodriguez, right, talks with Andrus Reyes at a Burger King in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood in December, as part of nationwide protests in support of higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum-wage jobs. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

What are the proposals for raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts? And who actually makes the minimum wage? Some answers are here.

Doc Says Pedal: Boston Launches ‘Prescribe-A-Bike’ Hubway Program

March 26, 2014
(gobanshee1/Flickr via Compflight)

Boston Medical Center physicians can refer low-income patients for a $5 membership to the area’s bike share system, under a new initiative.

Boston Launches Gun Buyback Program

March 24, 2014

BOSTON — Under the “Your Piece For Peace” program, people can anonymously turn in a gun, and receive a $200 Visa gift card in return.

Mass. Adds 3,800 Jobs In February; Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.5 Percent

March 20, 2014

BOSTON — The drop in the state’s jobless rate, from 6.8 percent in January, means the Massachusetts rate is once again below the national level.

Liner Note Nostalgia And Music Consumption Now

March 19, 2014
Ben found this CD, Soul Asylum's "Grave Dancers Union," from 1992, in WBUR behind the studio. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Was Ben’s love of music deepened because early on he often read while he listened? He mulls it over.

Boston OKs Late-Night Pilot Program For Food Trucks

March 13, 2014
(Laurence Lui via Flickr)

BOSTON — Beginning April 1, food trucks in three areas will stay open an extra hour, until midnight, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Eyeing Extended Bar Hours, Boston’s Walsh To Appoint Late-Night Task Force

March 07, 2014
(FT_Row34, Dig Boston via Flickr)

BOSTON — The task force “will look at how we can foster a safe and vibrant late-night culture,” the mayor said.

Mass. Loses 4,500 Jobs In January; Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent

March 06, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts economy lost 4,500 jobs in January, but the state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in the month.

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