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

A letter to the President warns of history repeating itself

Members of the Church Committee sent President Obama a letter addressing recent NSA surveillance
Posted In: Church Committee, nsa, surveillance

The danger of crowdsourcing the search for Flight 370

Millions flocked to Tomnod to help find Flight 370
Posted In: Malaysian Airlines

Voices: How much data sharing is too much?

SXSW attendees weigh in on how much data sharing is appropriate, or safe.
Posted In: sxsw interactive

Biz Stone takes it one tweet at a time

The innovator talks new projects and business advice for the fledgling start up.
Posted In: biz stone, Twitter

Objects in space: This week's Silicon Tally

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

Neil Young: Good music is like an amazing drug

You can almost imagine vinyl lovers of all ages picking it up.
Posted In: Neil Young, Music, ipod

Rosario Dawson: From Cesar Chavez to Twitter

The actress draws a parallel between Twitter and the Farmworkers Movement.
Posted In: sxsw

The Web's 25th birthday suit is embeddable

A look at the next trend in managing connections
Posted In: wearable, technology, Tech, sxsw interactive, clothing

Neil deGrasse Tyson won't take a computer to the Bahamas

A conversation with the host of the re-booted "Cosmos" show on Fox
Posted In: Neil deGrasse Tyson, sxsw interactive

SXSW highlights: Neil Young and custom Oreos

Throw in a conversation with actress Rosario Dawson.
Posted In: sxsw interactive

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