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

The future of ownership in social media

With "Social Media Week" kicking off, we look at the state of services like Twitter.
Posted In: social media, Twitter

Is Bitcoin a bad investment?

Taking a look at what has, so far, been a bad year for Bitcoin.
Posted In: bitcoin

A valentine for a time capsule: This week's Silicon Tally

Play Silicon Tally to find out how well you've kept up on this week's tech news.
Posted In: Valentine's Day

North Korea's homegrown operating system seems familiar

Like other technology and software out of the DPRK, the new OS seems to imitate rather than innovate.
Posted In: North Korea, DPRK, operating systems

HTC goes low-end amid struggle to compete in smartphone market

The Taiwanese phone maker considers new moves after a disappointing earnings report.
Posted In: htc, smartphones

Can redditors influence lawmakers?

Internet companies work to influence Congress... again.
Posted In: reddit, Internet, nsa, surveillance

Super Bowl leftovers: This week's Silicon Tally

30 million views, 31.8 coins, and 5 million times a day ... know what those numbers mean? Must be another Silicon Tally!
Posted In: Super Bowl, Cryptocurrency, Microsoft, quiz

Twitter's good earnings report just doesn't cut it for investors

Despite a favorable report, investors are unhappy about Twitter's number of users.
Posted In: Twitter, earnings report

Avoiding government surveillance at the Olympic games

Olympic visitors will have to deal with protecting their data in a country with a less-than-ideal reputation for cyber security.
Posted In: Olympics, Sochi, 2014 Winter Olympics, data security

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