Benjamin Cassidy edits and writes for the magazine’s news section, “Currents,” as well as the health and real estate channels online. Prior to joining Seattle Met, Ben was the arts and entertainment reporter for The Berkshire Eagle, a regional daily based in the mountains of Western Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

GOATED

Seattle Has Shown Up for Sue Bird's Last Dance

The GOAT's final season has drawn record attendance at Climate Pledge Arena. And the biggest crowds are still to come.

08/05/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Spectacles

All the Razzmatazz at This Year's Seafair

Looking for the lowdown on the Blue Angels, hydroplane races, Log Boom, and Golden Knights during this annual summer event? We've got you.

08/04/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Ready, Players?

GameWorks Reboots in Downtown Seattle

The Seattle arcade, just off the corner of Seventh and Pike, reboots under new ownership after a Covid closure.

08/03/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Midsummer Midterms

What Seattle's Voting On in the 2022 Primary

It's our first chance to cast ballots since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and every Washington House seat is up for grabs this election cycle.

08/02/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

This Month in Seattle Tech

The Museum of Museums Cancels the Amazon vs. Microsoft Exhibit

A social media controversy led founder Greg Lundgren to pull the plug on a show aiming to bridge the Seattle art and tech worlds.

07/29/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Cool Under Pressure

Inside the Cockpit During the Alki Beach Plane Crash

A Cessna's plunge near one of Seattle's most populated beaches could have been a disaster, if not for the grace of veteran pilot John La Porta.

07/28/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Rounds on Rounds

Topgolf Is Ready to Tee Off in Renton

The first legit Washington location of the sports behemoth arrives with summer in full swing.

07/27/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Feature

Cricket’s Up to Bat in Seattle

Seattle’s next major sport has already arrived. Can the local ambassadors of a T20 minor league team get a misunderstood game off the ground?

07/26/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy Photography by Mike Kane

It's Back

How to Get Around the Capitol Hill Block Party

What time does it start? What streets are closed? What's the lineup? Consider this a guide, whether you're planning your personal concert tour or detour.

07/21/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Cool Data

How Many Households in Washington State Have Air Conditioning?

A new nationwide survey gives us the best clue yet about the number of central AC and window units in the state.

07/07/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

This Month in Seattle Tech

The Seattle Tech Workers and Crypto Billionaire Behind Approval Voting

Is voting for more than one candidate the iteration our elections need? Seattle Approves, an "approval voting" advocacy group, thinks so.

06/30/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Somali Independence Day

Mama Sahra Isn't Going Anywhere

Somali Community Services of Seattle director Sahra Farah fights the displacement of a housing boom with a singular blend of patience and vigilance.

06/27/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

It's Happening

Seattle Will Host 2026 Men’s World Cup Matches

FIFA announced that the Emerald City is among the 16 North American sites for soccer's biggest event.

06/16/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Accidental Island Time

The West Seattle Bridge Will Reopen in September. Possibly.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has set a new goal for finishing work on the cracked span.

06/10/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Explainer

The Different Shades of Tree Equity in Seattle Neighborhoods

As Seattle summers warm, neighborhoods in South Seattle where there are fewer trees are whole degrees hotter than their northern neighbors.

06/07/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy Illustrations by Gage Murrey

This Month in Seattle Tech

Amazon and Microsoft Bump Pay During the Tech Stock Crash

Falling share prices didn't stop Seattle's biggest companies from promising massive compensation packages, thanks to a persistently tight labor market.

05/31/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Data Dives

Redmond Grew More Than Any Washington City During Covid Quarantining

Redmond saw explosive growth. But other Eastside suburbs, like Bellevue and Sammamish, didn’t see the same population bump from a predicted Seattle exodus.

05/31/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Enclaves

Andrews Bay Is Where Seattle Spring Breaks All Summer Long

A tranquil Lake Washington cove next to Seward Park has become Seattle’s rowdiest summer party spot—and a Nextdoor nightmare.

05/26/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Dismal Doppler

Seattle Can Officially Complain about This Gloomy Spring Weather

The local meteorological authorities say we haven't had a Seattle spring this cold and rainy in a decade.

05/17/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Not Carding

A Fare-Free Weekend Ushers in a New ORCA Card System

Riding light rail, buses, and even ferries in the Puget Sound region just got even more enticing.

05/13/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy