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

Taking national security to the cloud

Some countries want to build their own cloud storage space.
Posted In: Germany, brazil, cloud computing, data, data storage

Mozilla CEO resigns amid controversy

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich publicly opposed same-sex marriage.
Posted In: mozilla, CEOs, gay marriage
Amazon Announces Set Top Video Device

Forget the wearables: This week's Silicon Tally

Our regular quiz looking back at the week's tech news.
Posted In: silicon tally, Tech, Amazon, quiz

Is privacy a luxury good?

The high cost of keeping your data private.
Posted In: privacy, data, wealth
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FTC wants stronger rules on consumer data

FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez and a conversation about data security.
Posted In: FTC

DARPA looks to biotechnology for next innovations

An interview on how DARPA is adapting to a changing tech landscape
Posted In: DARPA, brain initiative, prosthetics, biotechnology, Science

Doctors and developers are building apps to keep you sober

Some mixed reviews of apps for recovering alcoholics.
Posted In: alcoholism

No VR headset needed: This week's Silicon Tally

Our regular quiz looking back at the week's tech news.
Posted In: silicon tally, Tech, quiz, social media

The online life of a teenager

Are teens any worse at being plugged in all the time than adults?
Posted In: social media, teenagers

Robo... traffic cop?

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, two large robots have been installed to control traffic
Posted In: robots

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