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.

Explainer

How Will Climate Pledge Arena Live Up to Its (Boring) Name?

They don’t net any goals for an original moniker, but the partners behind the city’s new green dome will get plenty creative to nullify its carbon emissions.

10/05/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Relief from 2020

Washington Farms Need Our Help

Covid-19 cases, wildfires—it’s been a rough year. Here are some easy ways to demonstrate your support.

09/30/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Free-For-All

Why Now's the Time to Rent an Apartment in Seattle

Traditional thinking doesn’t account for some of the deals available at the moment.

09/23/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Feature

A Navy Vet's Miraculous, Indefinite Recovery from Covid-19

Following multiple brushes with death and a monthslong hospital stay, an Oak Harbor man returned home. But his rehabilitation continues.

09/21/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy Photography by Carson Artac

Coronavirus Chronicles

How’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing Going in Washington?

We finally have the data.

09/18/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Enclaves

How Beacon Hill's Center Is Shifting

El Centro de la Raza and its surrounds remain a cultural mosaic. But the civil rights organization’s expansion to Federal Way signals a familiar change.

09/16/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Pandemic Hacker

How Bill Gates Became Our Covid-19 Oracle

After taking another step back from Microsoft, our original tech titan uploaded his global health mission to the national consciousness.

09/15/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Group Chat

How Can Seattle Schools Work Toward Racial Equity?

Systemic change requires an overhaul, not a quick fix. But three education experts offer some improvements they’d like to see in the meantime.

09/15/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Department of Good News

Three Reasons Why Everything Isn’t Totally Terrible Right Now

Promising coronavirus data and other positive developments of late in Seattle.

09/15/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Inventory Overload

Covid-19 Has Created a Condo Conundrum in Downtown Seattle

Can buyers and developers bet on the return of a vibrant downtown?

09/14/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

IS THAT ALLOWED?

Taking a Fitness Class In Person: Is That Allowed?

Restrictions have changed in recent weeks.

09/09/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Inferno Year

Seattle Has a New, Old Reason to Stay Home: Wildfire Smoke

Seattle's air quality was worst in the world for at least a brief period yesterday.

09/09/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Chronicles of the Curve

How to Interpret King County's Latest Coronavirus Numbers

Where we stand as summer winds down.

08/31/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

PSA

Even Without Symptoms, You Should Still Get Tested for Covid-19

The Washington state health authority isn’t echoing the CDC’s latest guidance.

08/27/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

No Justice, No Games

Seattle Athletes Helped Power a Revolutionary Day in Sports

By opting not to play on Wednesday, they removed a distraction from injustice in America.

08/27/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Hot Market

The Pandemic Bumped Spring Home-Buying Back a Season in Seattle

Many real estate numbers for July evoke those of Mays past.

08/11/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coronavirus Chronicles

Where Covid-19 Outbreaks Are Happening in Washington

A new report from the state’s health department offers details about the origins of the virus’s spread.

08/05/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Resilient Seattle

Seattle's Coronavirus Timeline, from Toilet Paper to Mask Laws

What just happened?

08/04/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy