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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. 


Features by Ben Johnson

Is an internet 'fast lane' inevitable?

Some argue that the internet "fast lane" is coming, FCC regulation or not.
Posted In: fcc, net neutrality

Only neutrality will keep net free, says Franken

The Democrat says an internet "fast lane" violates the first amendment.
Posted In: Al Franken, net neutrality

A canary in the coal mine... and in your Mac

Firms can use a loophole to let their customers know what the NSA hasn't asked.
Posted In: nsa, Edward Snowden

The other iPhone contract

Author Janell Burley Hofmann gave her son an iPhone... and a set of rules
Posted In: iPhone

A very tech-y Mother's day! A new Silicon Tally

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

The tech of DJ-ing with DJ Rekha

How the VCR played a part in bringing Bollywood and Bhangra to the U.S.
Posted In: Playing with Machines

Jonny Greenwood's radio moves

How Radiohead inspired a week-long look at computers and music.
Posted In: Playing with Machines

Computers are jerks: a conversation with Dan Deacon

Electronic musician Dan Deacon talks working with technology, for better or worse
Posted In: Playing with Machines

Making music for the movies with John Powell

Film composer John Powell calls himself a computer-aided composer
Posted In: Playing with Machines

Not just another "chick with a ukulele"

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs finds the human side of drum machines on "Nikki Nack."
Posted In: robots


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