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

Silicon Tally: All of the Netflix

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Silicon Tally: Hashtag POTUS

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Marketplace's Ben Johnson takes (virtual) flight using the simulator Birdly.

Taking virtual reality beyond video games

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson flew over New York and lived to tell us about it
Posted In: simulator, flying, technology

Swatting: not a new phenomenon, but the cost is rising

The prank's cost is going up for police departments and emergency call centers.
Posted In: swatting, online gaming, police, law enforcement

Silicon Tally: The selfie drones are coming

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Silicon Tally: Anyway, here's Powerwall

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There's been a huge growth in local repair shops and the number of people making their own gadget manuals.

Tearing down tech manuals

Dissecting the teardown process in technology.
Posted In: gadgets, video, repair

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on India and tech's pay gap

Nadella says he's learned a lot since his comments on women in tech last year.
Posted In: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, India

A conversation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft is having an interesting moment and Nadella is thinking big.
Posted In: Microsoft CEO, Microsoft, computer

Silicon Tally: What...is the deal...with Hulu?

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