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

The contents of the internet, via satellite

A new project aims to democratize the spread of information.
Posted In: satellite, internet access, online archive
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Mobile payments app offers a window on intimacy

A new payments app allows for a close look at the how and who of spending.
Posted In: mobile payments, social network, online privacy

An app that combats texting while driving accidents

New tech is hoping to combat texting while driving and texting while walking accidents. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson explains
Posted In: app review, texting, distracted driving

Launching a reusable spacecraft

SpaceX wants to make going to mars as easy as hopping on a plane.
Posted In: Space X

Silicon Tally: Trash to power

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?

Demographics, tech, and the digital divide

How to use technology to improve community groups and serve new communities.
Posted In: digital divide, demographics, community service

When music introduces a new technology

How Jeff Mangum's bassist taught me about the Rogue Moog.
Posted In: music technology, Tech, Music, Neutral Milk Hotel, indie rock

In search of better email encryption

Making email encryption more user friendly
Posted In: email, encryption, web privacy

Silicon Tally: The coolest cooler

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?

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