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.

Failing Slow

This Month in Seattle Tech: Bezos Goes to Space and Jassy Takes Over

Plus: Photos that move, and a Google-Microsoft “cease-fire” ends.

07/20/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

DEFINITELY NOT THE BIG ONE

Apparently We Had an Earthquake Yesterday

A minor rumble, just south of Seattle.

07/14/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Home Shopping

Seattle's Real Estate Market Is Still in a Heat Dome

The latest stats on the wave that won't end.

07/09/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Currents

Sign of All Times: Will Reports of Seattle Dying Ever Expire?

Fifty years ago, an iconic billboard mocked our particular brand of civic pessimism. Can the latest recovery squash that gloom for good?

07/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Real Estate

'Above Asking' Sells Seattle's Real Estate Price Boom Short

A boggling new Redfin report shows that "above" is the understatement of the year.

07/01/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Washington Reopens, and Seattle Wants You to Celebrate Downtown

The city rolls out a slate of festivities as the state rolls back restrictions on activity.

06/30/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

PSA

Where to Beat the Record-Breaking Heat in Seattle Today

Or at least cool off for a hot minute.

06/28/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Feature

Why Jay Inslee Chose to Stay in This Washington

The governor embarks on a rare third term after leading his home state through its worst public health crisis in a century.

06/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Fail Fast

At Seattle's Largest Companies, Juneteenth Doesn't Mean a Day Off

With a few exceptions, the private sector hasn't matched local and federal government recognition of the holiday.

06/18/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Sleepless City

Can't Sleep? The Moon Might Be to Blame.

A Seattle-centric study brings us one small step closer to understanding our groggy mornings.

06/15/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Brain Drain

In Seattle, the Burnout Is Real

A new study suggests local workers are pretty spent.

06/10/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Group Chat

Is Sue Bird Seattle’s Greatest Athlete of All Time?

The Storm’s venerable point guard returns for a 20th season after winning her fourth WNBA title. Is No. 10 now No. 1 in the city’s sports hierarchy?

06/09/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

We Finally Have a Vaccine Lottery

Here's how it works.

06/04/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Seattle Standouts

Our Favorite Everything in Seattle

From an unbeatable bar bathroom to the best setting for a tantrum, our editors dove deep into what they love about our city.

06/04/2021 Edited by Allison Williams By Nate Bullis, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Sarah Nipper, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Erin Wong Illustrations by Stevie Shao Photography by Kyle Johnson

Best in the biz

Tracy Record's West Seattle Blog Has the Neighborhood Covered

On an accidental island, her reporting stands as the official account.

06/04/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy Photography by Kyle Johnson

Office Politics

Can Your Employer Require a Covid Vaccine?

We asked a UW health law expert.

06/03/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Wonk Whirlwind

9 of Washington’s Most Extraordinary New Laws

Governor Jay Inslee signed historic legislation to combat climate change, economic inequality, and police misconduct, as well as a few weirder things.

06/01/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Saying Their Names

A Capitol Hill Light Project Honors Washingtonians Killed by Police

Through June 8, victims' names will appear on the west facade of Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral.

05/27/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

'Thanks for Having Electricity'

Kenny Mayne’s SportsCenter Swan Song Was Very Seattle

Sue Bird, Marshawn Lynch, and Jamal Crawford all joined to wish the departing anchor well.

05/26/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coveted Real Estate

Rainier Valley and Rainier Beach Neighborhood Guide

Diverse restaurants. Top basketball prospects. A labyrinthine garden. This stretch of the city covers an outsize amount of cultural terrain.

05/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy, Stefan Milne, Rosin Saez, and Allecia Vermillion