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

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Always-online requirements are ruining mobile gaming

Mobile game makers should learn from the past and make offline play available.
Posted In: gaming, digital rights management, DRM, video games, mobile, mobile games

Silicon Tally: Get on the Google bus

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Why Microsoft wants 'Minecraft'

The price tag for Mojang sits at $2 billion.
Posted In: Microsoft, video games, Mergers and Acquisitions, News

Beyond magnifying glasses: High-tech options for the vision-impaired

Which technologies or devices have been helpful for you?
Posted In: reading and technology, blind, apps

Silicon Tally: Taxi for two

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How reading on screens is rewiring our brains

Dr. Maryanne Wolf talks about the impact of reading and technology on the brain.
Posted In: reading and the brain, brain development, human brain, reading and technology

Who can you blame when you get hacked?

Most storage services will duck responsibility if you let go of your credentials.
Posted In: Tech, cloud computing, hacking, icloud

How tech is changing reading at libraries

A conversation with Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association.
Posted In: library, libraries and tech, technology at libraries, e-readers, e-books, reading and technology

Has the rise of the e-reader changed how we read?

How e-readers are both helping and hurting our ability to read and comprehend.
Posted In: e-readers

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