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Ben Johnson started his career in journalism in 2003, working as a features and general assignment reporter for The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut. While there he won a regional award for feature writing, and was recruited to write a weekly entertainment column for the Tribune Media Service wire service.

In 2006, Ben relocated to New York City to be an entertainment and music reporter at the Staten Island Advance newspaper, where he soon moved into hard news, working the cops beat and as a weekend city desk editor. In 2010, he began to work as a freelance web producer at The Takeaway, a national radio show produced out of New York's WNYC Radio in partnership with WGBH, the New York Times and the BBC.

Ben went on to be a freelance radio producer at WNYC, serving as the digital editor for The Takeaway while also doing live and features reporting for the station on everything from Occupy Wall Street to New York's last functioning ship graveyard. While working at WNYC, Ben started blogging for Slate Magazine's breaking news blog, The Slatest.

In 2012, Ben left WNYC to manage a partnership between Slate and YouTube, producing daily breaking news videos and other content for SlateV, the magazine's video department. He also wrote regularly for Slate's Future Tense blog and drew the extreme ire of his fellow Radiohead fans by asking the band to stop touring

In summer 2012 Ben joined Marketplace to relaunch and produce the Tech Report, now called Marketplace Tech. When David Brancaccio became the host of Marketplace Morning Report in 2013, Ben started hosting Marketplace Tech and was hired officially as host in early 2014.

He doesn't like to brag about it but over the years, Ben has interviewed Jay-Z, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Luciano Pavarotti, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Josh Homme, Biz Stone, Guy Kawasaki, Col. Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Young. Ben enjoys and engages in 80s movie references, pie baking, and high-fives. His Twitter feed has never been polluted by a subtweet. His interest in swimming knows no bounds, especially if there is a high-dive and a high-five involved. 

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Features by Ben Johnson

A selection of 1950s toy robots for an auction of TV and movie toy memorabilia.

Silicon Tally: Robots ate my adspace

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Coding in classrooms

It's Computer Science Education Week, and kids are trying their hand at coding.
Posted In: coding, classrooms, education technology, News
The logo of mobile app 'WhatsApp' is displayed on a tablet on Jan. 2, 2014, in Paris.

Silicon Tally: Ciao, TTYN!

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Silicon Tally: Mr. Roboto

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Posted In: silicon tally

Aereo files for Chapter 11 reorganization

CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia released a blog post detailing the move.
Posted In: Aereo, ABC vs. Aereo, streaming tv

Silicon Tally: Tweetin' Turkey

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Posted In: silicon tally
A visitor to the Google office in Berlin looks at a three-dimensional rendering of Manhattan while using Google Earth.

Regaining control of your online data

In a culture shift, new apps and sites help users protect and erase private data.
Posted In: privacy, data, security

Silicon Tally: Bounce with Me

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A stove that can power your phone

Biolite is changing the way people cook and power up their electronics.
Posted In: innovation, developing countries

Keeping track of Ebola

Reporter Colin Baker talks through the difficulties of collecting data on Ebola.
Posted In: Ebola, file sharing, CDC

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