WBUR Staff

Benjamin Swasey

Digital Editor, WBUR

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.

Recent stories

Gov. Baker Establishes Cabinet On Job Training

February 26, 2015
By executive order, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has created a Workforce Skills Cabinet. (Steven Senne/AP)

Hoping to boost the Massachusetts economy over the long term, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday established a panel on bridging the so-called workforce skills gap.

Boston Councilors Seek New Tax On Alcohol

February 24, 2015
The local sales tax would apply to alcoholic beverages sold at Boston liquor stores and supermarkets, and at bars and restaurants. (Kate Borkowski/Flickr)

If approved by the council and Legislature, the resulting funds would go toward substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

Spring Sign: Red Sox Equipment Truck Heads To Fla.

February 12, 2015
Spring will come: Thursday was Truck Day at Fenway Park. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

It was Truck Day at Fenway Park — a sure sign that spring will, eventually, return.

MBTA GM Beverly Scott Resigns

February 11, 2015
MBTA GM Beverly Scott gave an impassioned news conference this week. She submitted her resignation on Wednesday. (Courtesy of WCVB-TV)

Scott’s resignation came a day after she offered a full-throated defense of the embattled T, citing historic snowfall and years of under-investment.

Major Snowstorm Wallops Massachusetts

January 27, 2015
Water floods a street on the coast in Scituate. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

A potentially historic storm has descended on the state. We’ve got all the latest updates here.

Mass. Adds 10,900 Jobs In December; Unemployment Rate Down To 5.5 Percent

January 22, 2015

Massachusetts added an estimated 60,900 jobs last year. That’s the state’s strongest year for job growth since 2000.

Surgeon Dies After Shooting At Brigham And Women’s Hospital; Suspect Found Dead

January 20, 2015
Law enforcement officials and hospital staff are outside the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Tuesday, where a doctor was critically shot. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Dr. Michael Davidson, 44, died hours after the shooting. Boston police identified the alleged shooter as Stephen Pasceri, 55, of Millbury.

6 Things To Keep In Mind For Walsh's State Of The City

January 13, 2015
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks during a news conference Friday, after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city for the 2024 Summer Games. (Winslow Townson/AP)

A year and a week into his term, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivers his first State of the City address tonight. Here are six things to keep in mind.

Walsh Promises ‘Most Transparent’ Olympic Bid Process In History

January 09, 2015
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks during a news conference earlier this month, after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Boston’s mayor also laid out a schedule of nine community meetings across the city.

‘We’re Nowhere Near Our Full Potential,’ Baker Says As He’s Sworn In As Governor

January 08, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his inaugural address Thursday at the State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker struck a bipartisan tone in his inaugural address, but the Republican also made it clear that he believes the state has “a spending problem,” referencing a budget deficit that will be an early test for his administration.

The Smiley Face Was Made In Worcester, And It’s Now 50

October 03, 2014
Smiley face creator Harvey Ball, of Worcester, autographs posters in his office on July 6, 1998. (Paul Connors/AP)

The iconic yellow smiley face was created by Worcester artist Harvey Ball in 1963.

Tom Brady Posted His (Pre-Patriots) Resume

September 18, 2014

“Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round,” the now-star QB wrote.

Miss Newport Folk Festival? NPR Has You Covered

July 28, 2014
Ryan Adams performs at the Newport Folk Festival. (NPR Music)

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.

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.

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.

Guatemalan Children Serenade Kerry With ‘Sweet Caroline’

June 07, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as students in a State Department educational program focused on impoverished and indigenous children serenade him with a rendition of "Sweet Caroline" during a visit to their school in Antigua, Guatemala, on June 5, 2013. (State Department/Flickr)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry got a touching reminder of his Boston roots in Guatemala this week.

Storm Aftermath: Practicing Medicine Without Power

November 02, 2011
A stethoscope (nwxiang/Flickr)

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.”

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