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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European court ruling continues to vex Google

For Google, the ECJ's "Right to Be Forgotten" ruling is a logistical challenge.
Posted In: Google, European Union, online privacy

Tech IRL: The 'right to be forgotten'

Ben Johnson and Lizzie O'Leary discuss the EU's 'right to be forgotten'
Posted In: News

Silicon Tally: The World Cup

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?
Posted In: silicon tally, World Cup, univision
LG KizON device

New device aims for paranoid-parent market

Electronics-maker LG causes a stir with a new child-tracking wearable device.
Posted In: wearable tech, privacy, children

Companies: stop making your employees use tablets

The mobile revolution is nice, but it doesn't always mean progress.
Posted In: tablets, Tech, tablet sales, PC sales, technology, computers

Bringing a smarter approach to American healthcare

Why "Big Data" may help hospitals deliver better care outcomes.
Posted In: big data, healthcare, data mining

Congress considers federal social media strategy

The challenges of developing a social media strategy for the US government.
Posted In: social media, Homeland Security, Congress

Putting online testing to the test

Schools are preparing for standardized tests on computers. Not everyone is ready
Posted In: online testing, standardized tests, News
Activists Demonstrate Against NSA's Surveillance Tactics

Silicon Tally: Independence and surveillance

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?
Posted In: surveillance, silicon tally

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