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

Google car

Goodbye driver's ed, hello self-driving car

Google's newest prototype brings us closer to having self-driving cars
Posted In: Google

A digital night at the museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art ads 400,000 pieces of art to its digital archive
Posted In: Met Museum

The right to be forgotten... or, at least, edit

More on what the "right to be forgotten" ruling means for users of the internet.
Posted In: Google

Silicon Tally: Replacing Old Yeller with New Yeller

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

The most prolific video game voice actress ever

Video game voice actress Jennifer Hale about her career in characters
Posted In: video games

Dentist, mechanic... security expert?

In an era of a thousand hacks how does nation of noobs tell when we're being lied to?
Posted In: hacking

Whisk offers a different model for getting around town

App users can watch their ride fare in real time on their phone.
Posted In: taxi, Uber, Whisk

Campaigns versus coding

Dave Cole is a computer programmer running for U.S. Congress.
Posted In: new jersey, Senate

A billion shirts, nothing to wear! It's Silicon Tally

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

What's the best analogy for the Net Neutrality mess?

What is the FCC's open Internet battle, exactly?
Posted In: net neutrality


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