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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

A stove that can power your phone

Biolite is changing the way people cook and power up their electronics.
Posted In: innovation, developing countries

Keeping track of Ebola

Reporter Colin Baker talks through the difficulties of collecting data on Ebola.
Posted In: Ebola, file sharing, CDC
 A worker demonstrates Apple Pay inside a mobile kiosk sponsored by Visa and Wells Fargo to demonstrate the Apple Pay mobile payment system in San Francisco City.

Living without cash or credit cards for a week

Lisa Selin Davis limited herself to mobile payments. Spoiler alert: it was hard.
Posted In: mobile payments, consumer spending, apple pay

Is it a news article or malware?

The FBI buried malware using an article link. But did they cross the line?
Posted In: FBI, data privacy, ethics

Silicon Tally: Swipe right for romance

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

For more privacy, let's go to India

Xiaomi, a Chinese electronics store, is looking for a place to keep the data safe.
Posted In: data security, data privacy, China

The $128 million dollar supercomputer

What does it look like and how is it changing the way we model climate change.
Posted In: supercomputer, climate change, weather

Silicon Tally: Nadella must have good karma

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?
An AT&T worker holds up the new Amazon Fire phone at an AT&T store when it went on sale July 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Amazon earnings: the experiment (and losses) continue

The everything store with everything but profits.
Posted In: Amazon, earnings report, losses

Silicon Tally: The one where you watch all of Friends

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

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