Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson joined Marketplace in the summer of 2012 to re-launch and produce the then-named Tech Report, now called Marketplace Tech. He was officially hired as host in early 2014.

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, Johnson 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. Johnson 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.

He doesn't like to brag about it but over the years, Johnson 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. He 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

Web cookies to track apps

How Google is trying to account for shifts in how we browse online.
Posted In: cookies, web tracking, mobile apps

Min Headroom: Pop artificial intelligence t 30

How does 80s character Max Headroom compare to AI products in 2014?
Posted In: Max Headroom, ai, artificial intelligence, algorithms, computing

Gawker Media faced with anonymous trolls

Editors at Gawker criticize parent company for inaction towards trolls.
Posted In: trolling, gawker, feminism
Doctors in Guinea

Tracking Ebola through online data

How an online data collection program has changed the way we track disease.
Posted In: Ebola, public health, big data

On bringing virtual reality to the movies

Exploring the potential--or pitfalls--of "interactive" film and TV storytelling
Posted In: television, virtual reality, film

Silicon Tally: #Scrabble

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?

A future we haven't imagined, but might forget

Europe's search engine policy repercussions might surprise us in a bad way.
Posted In: right to be forgotten, Google, Europe, European Union, Wikipedia

Hacking away in Las Vegas

A look at this week's Black Hat and Defcon security conferences.
Posted In: hacking, cybersecurity, data security

Silicon Tally: Gameboy becomes a Gameman

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?

On Twitter, addition by gender subtraction

What one Twitter user gained when she unfollowed men on the social network.
Posted In: gender, Twitter, social media

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