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

Marketplace Tech gets musical

"Playing with Machines" takes a look at how musicians use tech to make music
Posted In: Music, itunes

The guitarist with 78 fingers

UK-based composer and guitarist Squarepusher talks about his latest EP.
Posted In: Music, itunes

Boxers, briefs or radiation underwear? Silicon Tally!

Play Silicon Tally to find out how well you've kept up on this week's tech news.
Posted In: silicon tally

Becoming a YouTube star

Having a following on YouTube can mean financial gain, as well as stardom
Posted In: YouTube

Hiding pregnancy from the marketing machine

Is it possible to take your pregnancy off the grid?
Posted In: pregnancy

A post mortem for the 'worst video game ever'

Why there are copies of the game "E.T." for Atari buried in the New Mexico desert.
Posted In: atari, video games
Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service To Los Angeles Area

What isn't available on Amazon Prime: Silicon Tally

Play Silicon Tally to find out how well you've kept up on this week's tech news.
Posted In: silicon tally

Sharing is caring: a collaborative commons economy

With Airbnb defending its sharing economy, some believe the site's model is a sign of things to come.
Posted In: airbnb

Is Chicago America's funniest city?

What warm weather Chicago lacks, it makes up for in humor
Posted In: Chicago, boston, Atlanta

Mobile broadband's latest bidding war

Wireless carriers are preparing to battle for airwaves
Posted In: fcc, spectrum

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