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.
A clearly exasperated President Obama bemoaned the frequency of mass shootings in America.
Counties across Massachusetts have large racial disparities in the composition of defendants who are awaiting trial in jail, the think tank MassINC finds.
The reforms include a new intake process, a new supervisor policy and the reopening of the central Massachusetts regional DCF office.
“We’re growing in a very bifurcated way,” Jessica Martin, of The Boston Foundation, told WBUR.
At the Substance Use Disorders Initiative at Mass General, treating addiction as a chronic condition is the norm.
Aisling Brady McCarthy had been accused of killing a Cambridge 1-year-old in her care. The change came after the medical examiner altered the cause of death from “homicide” to “undetermined.”
In an interview with WBUR, Kevan Fagan, 23, said he “probably” would have changed his death penalty vote had he known that the family of the slain Martin Richard and other victims’ families had written to authorities seeking a sentence of life in prison for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The “congestion cost” per car commuter in the Boston area was nearly $1,400 last year, per the report.
In August 1915, the Boston Braves moved into a brand new home: Braves Field. Now it’s Nickerson Field, where Terrier teams play.
Forty-five years ago this week — on Aug. 12, 1970 — Janis Joplin held her final concert. It was in front of an estimated 40,000 spectators at Harvard Stadium. She died two months later.
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.”