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

Developing the ideal prosthetic arm

Why replacing the human hand is a huge engineering challenge.
Posted In: prosthetics, artificial intelligence

What 5G means for you

5G is the agenda for the day at the Mobile World Congress.
Posted In: wireless, wireless internet, 5G
Gold bars

Silicon Tally: Frankincense, Apple watch, and Myrrh

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?
Federal Communications Commission Proposes New Open Internet Rules

A big win for net neutrality

Tim Wu, who coined the term "net neutrality," speaks about today's vote.
Posted In: net neutrality, fcc, title II

As easy as scanning a fingerprint

Back to the Future Part II promised biometrics. How close are we to having it?
Posted In: back to the future 2, Biometrics, home security

Crowd-sourcing hits the bookshelf

Kindle Scout, Amazon’s new online publishing platform, to release books.
Posted In: Kindle, e-books, e-book

Who should have the key to your messages?

When it comes to accessing encrypted apps, some say it's double or nothing.
Latest investors value the teen-fad social media company Snapchat at $19 billion.

Snapchat's secret to success

What makes Snapchat popular could be the hard-to-use user interface.
Posted In: Snapchat, Facebook, social media
Mars One publicity shot

Silicon Tally: Let's go to space!

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?
Posted In: silicon tally

Can YouTube replace the movie theater?

In the future of cinema, the box office may no longer be king.
Posted In: From the Hills to the Valley, Silicon Valley, hollywood

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