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.

Coronavirus Chronicles

The Day the Pandemic Changed in Washington State

After May 13, “normal” is finally in sight.

05/14/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

What to Expect When You're Expecting...a Covid Vaccine for Your Child

Your 12-year-old can get vaccinated now. Here's what you should know about kids and shots.

05/13/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Prepare for the Two States of Washington: Vaccinated and Unvaccinated

Separate stadium sections. Workplace debates. School mandates. Our political divide is about to become even more apparent.

05/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Recovery Mode

How an Alliance Helps Pioneer Square Small Businesses Persevere

A nonprofit fosters a spirit of collaboration in Seattle's first neighborhood.

05/03/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Seattle's Basically Begging You to Take Its Open Covid Vaccine Slots

Your hunt ends here.

04/27/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

News Wire

Seattle Reacts as Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty of Murder

Statements, silence, and protest all characterized the hours after justice was finally rendered.

04/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Greenbacked

Cannabis Gave Washington State a Major Lift in 2020

On 4/20, celebrate a growing industry (with its fair share of growing pains).

04/20/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Home Shopping

What a Difference a Year Makes in Seattle Area Real Estate

March 2021 was nothing like March 2020.

04/15/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Neighborhood Nomenclature

Seattle City Council Stokes the Debate: Uptown or Lower Queen Anne?

A City Hall resolution this week weighed in on the community's official name.

04/14/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Seattle Isn't Rolling Back to Phase 2

Like the rest of King County, the city remains in Phase 3. A few other areas weren't so lucky.

04/12/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Department of Good News

North Seattle's Getting Linked This Fall

Three new light rail stations arrive on October 2. And more are on the way.

04/12/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Pencils Up

Seattle Is Finally Going Back to School—For Real

It’s been a whirlwind.

04/01/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Hub Spots

Should Cascadia Build Several New Cities from Scratch?

One group has proposed a bold solution to the Pacific Northwest’s looming sustainability crisis.

03/30/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Talent Development

The Mariners' Youth Movement May Just Make Seattle Baseball Fun Again

Don't let the club's front-office fiasco obscure its on-the-field prospects.

03/22/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

PSA

When Can You Get a Coronavirus Vaccine in Washington?

Here’s what we know so far about our state’s vaccine line.

03/18/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

What You Can and Can't Do Once You're Vaccinated

No hugging people on the street—yet.

03/16/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

A Buyer's Guide to the Suburbs

Are Exurbs the New Suburbs in Washington?

Why moving way out is way in, and other real estate trends to watch in 2021.

03/15/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Phase 3 Is Almost Upon Us, Seattle

Governor Jay Inslee released a "boatload of good news" on Thursday.

03/11/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Did Washington Get Its Vaccine Line Right?

We asked a bioethicist and mathematical modeler.

03/11/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

News Wire

A Capital Gains Tax May Finally Be Coming to Washington State

After years of little traction, a bill has passed out of the Senate.

03/08/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy