Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times

Benjamin Romano

The Seattle Times

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Benjamin:

Three dead, three injured in shooting outside Des Moines bar

An early morning shooting outside a bar in Des Moines has left three people dead, police said Sunday. → Read More

Seven Gables Theatre in flames in Seattle’s U District

The shuttered Seven Gables Theatre in the University District was in flames Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the landmark Seattle movie house shortly before noon. → Read More

Amazon again posts record profit amid rising pandemic costs

Amazon posted record sales and profits for the second consecutive quarter, as it continues to capitalize on a pandemic-driven surge in online shopping. → Read More

Amazon to hire 100,000 workers for seasonal surge

Amazon is emphasizing the career opportunities that can result from seasonal jobs as the company seeks to hire 100,000 workers for the holiday shopping season. Its rivals in retail and online delivery are making similar seasonal pushes. → Read More

Amazon employee group seeks paid day off to vote, threatens to organize brief blockade

The employee activists that pressured Amazon to take more action on climate change have recently called for the company to grant all employees a paid day off to vote.... → Read More

Amazon’s turnover rate amid pandemic is at least double the average for retail and warehousing industries

Amazon's turnover rate among front-line workers was at least double the industry average during the initial months of the coronavirus pandemic, reinforcing the view among some critics that the Seattle commerce giant churns through workers. → Read More

Leader of Amazon employee group says changes benefit Black workers

The leader of Amazon's Black Employee Network affinity group sees positive changes in the months since the company pledged support for Black Lives Matter. → Read More

Amazon’s Halo, which can monitor tone of voice and assess body fat, provokes skepticism, fear

Tech skeptics question the intrusive nature of the new Halo system, though Amazon provides assurances of privacy. → Read More

Amazon continues hiring push in tech hubs, with former HQ2 New York in line for 2,000 jobs

Amazon said it is creating 3,500 new tech and corporate roles in six cities. New York City, where it once planned a second headquarters, will get the majority of them. → Read More

Small business owners confront the absence of many Amazon workers for the rest of the year

For many small businesses built on a clientele of Amazon workers in South Lake Union and the Denny Regrade, their absence for the remainder of the year could be an existential threat. It’s as if the neighborhoods surrounding one of America’s densest urban corporate headquarters have been sucked back a decade in a matter of months, to a time before some 50,000 well-paid Amazon employees streamed… → Read More

Former Macy’s store at Redmond Town Center has a new tenant: Amazon

The building can accommodate more than 600 employees of Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud-computing business, beginning in 2021. → Read More

Crews fight fire in vacant Lower Queen Anne building

Seattle fire crews responded late Saturday morning to a fire in an abandoned building in Lower Queen Anne, next to Aurora Avenue. The Seattle Fire Department said on social media... → Read More

Amazon grocery delivery system overloaded Sunday as coronavirus spurs online orders

A significant spike in online grocery shopping as COVID-19 spreads, appeared to throw Amazon’s grocery system into disarray Sunday, causing frustration among delivery drivers. → Read More

Amazon to grant $5 million to small businesses near its headquarters struggling due to coronavirus

Amazon will provide cash grants to businesses with fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue that serve the public, rely on foot traffic, and have a physical presence near the company's Seattle offices. → Read More

Coronavirus is taking a toll on the Puget Sound-area economy, but how bad could it get?

Economists said a recession is far from certain, largely because the Seattle area economy was so robust before the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

Amazon employee in Seattle has tested positive for illness caused by coronavirus

A message sent to Amazon workers said the employee worked out of the company’s Brazil office building, at 9th Avenue and Republican Street in South Lake Union. → Read More

Online shopping surges as coronavirus spreads, raising concerns about delivery workers

It could be boom times for e-commerce as consumers eschew public places out of coronavirus fears. But supply and workforce concerns may test the abilities of Amazon and its competitors to meet a major increase in demand. → Read More

Amazon asks employees not to travel unless necessary

The company, with a global workforce of 798,000, had previously restricted travel to China. → Read More

Who’s in charge at Amazon? Moves on secretive S Team signal tech giant’s priorities

The changing composition of Amazon's top echelon provides a view of ascendant high-priority areas for the company. → Read More

Amazon’s senior leadership team slowly becoming more diverse

Even with changes, the upper echelon of the company remains less diverse than Amazon as a whole. → Read More