Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson joined Marketplace in the summer of 2012 to re-launch and produce the then-named Tech Report, now called Marketplace Tech. He was officially hired as host in early 2014.

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, Johnson 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. Johnson 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.

He doesn't like to brag about it but over the years, Johnson 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. He 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

The creative limitations of sampling

Run the Jewels rapper and producer El-P talks about the sampler that started it all.
Posted In: Music, equipment, keyboards

Why wireless providers are ditching the two-year contract

Sprint is the latest to drop two-year contracts. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson explains why.
Posted In: Sprint, mobile, wireless

The anatomy of equipment: simple hacks with Money Mark

Money Mark talks about hacking gear to reveal what's behind the machine.
Posted In: Music, equipment, Hacks, Noise Makers

Silicon Tally: The hitchhiker robot's guide to the galaxy

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

Yo La Tengo's James McNew likes things that don't sound right

"Noise Makers" continues with a conversation on the merits of toy instruments.
Posted In: Music, equipment, concerts, Noise Makers

Maps for autonomous vehicles go beyond directions

The minutiae and the stakes of mapping technology.
Posted In: mapping, driverless cars, GPS monitoring

Battling body shaming on Instagram

The plus-size blogging community responds to Instagram ban on #curvy
Posted In: instagram, hashtag, controversy

Silicon Tally: 99 red internet balloons

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

Angry Birds is back with a vengeance

The follow-up to the fowl-flinging app enters a different market for mobile games.
Posted In: mobile gaming, angry birds, sequels
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square, Inc. and Chairman of Twitter, holds an event in London in November 2014 where he announced the launch of the Square Register mobile application.

Will Twitter's midlife crisis bring a fancy new CEO?

More on the challenges facing Twitter ahead of its earnings report.
Posted In: Twitter, ceo, social media

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