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.
This week it was revealed that the Boston Public Library is missing two prints. One is valued at $600,000.
The jobless rate was last at 4.7 percent in January 2008, the state labor department reported.
A minimum wage earner in Massachusetts making $9 an hour would have to work 110 hours a week to reasonably afford an average two-bedroom apartment in the state.
Becki Norris is a Cambridge educator, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev used to be her student. She took to Cognoscenti to explain her decision to testify on his behalf in his death penalty trial.
Some Vietnamese view April 30 as the day they lost their country. Others, like Nguyen Huu Thai, call it a day of independence.
That’s a 33 percent jump over 2012 figures.
President Obama’s Patriots joke received laughter and some groans, and a classic reaction from Bill Belichick — a thumbs down.
Jurors saw footage of the marathon bomber giving the middle finger to a security camera while in a holding cell before a 2013 court appearance.
Follow along for complete coverage of the 119th Boston Marathon.
Ursula Ward delivered an emotional statement after a jury convicted former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez on a first-degree murder charge in connection with her son’s 2013 killing.
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.”